Team USA Minnesota News

Katie McGregor Is 2nd at USA Women's Marathon Championship, Wins 2010 USA Running Circuit; Matt Gabrielson to Run Big Sur Half on Nov. 14

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Nov. 9, 2010 - Team USA Minnesota's Katie McGregor placed second in the USA Women's Marathon Championship, which was held on Nov. 7 in conjunction with the ING New York City Marathon.  Her time of 2:31:01 was a personal best.  She was also 11th overall in the women's field which included athletes from around the world.


At New York, McGregor ran with the women's lead pack for about 21 miles.  "It was great to have a big group to run with since there was some wind," she said.  "I felt like I ran a smart race overall.  I didn't accomplish the main goals I set for myself (sub 2:30 time and top 10 or better finish), but I am still satisfied with the way I ran my race.  I know that I am capable of running faster in the future."


In addition to her second place finish in the women's marathon championship, McGregor won the women's division of the 2010 USA Running Circuit.  She joins her Team USA Minnesota teammate Antonio Vega, who won the men's division of the circuit, with the most points for the year.  In 2010, McGregor was the national champion at the 15k, 25k and 10 mile, and placed third at the 10k championship.  McGregor is no stranger to the USA Running Circuit, having finished second overall in 2008 and third in 2007.


"I am very excited to be the winner of the 2010 USA Running Circuit," said McGregor.  "The circuit showcases a very deep and talented field of runners so this is a special accomplishment."


Next up for the seven-time national champion is a break and then planning her 2011 schedule.  "I would like to hit cross, the roads and outdoor track," she said.  "In 2012, I plan on racing the USA Olympic Marathon Trials and the track Olympic Trials."  McGregor has been a member of Team USA Minnesota since 2001.


Big Sur Half Marathon - Nov. 14

Matt Gabrielson will be among the competitors at the eighth presentation of the Big Sur Half Marathon on Nov. 14.  The race starts at 7 a.m. (Pacific time) and is held on an out-and-back course along the ocean in Monterey Bay.


Gabrielson has a best of 1:03:43 in the distance, which he set last January at the USA Half Marathon Championships in Houston.  In 2009, he was a member of the U.S. team for the World Outdoor Marathon Championships.  Prior to that he finished second at the 2008 USA Men's Marathon Championship and has been a three-time member of the U.S. World Cross Country team.


About Team USA Minnesota

Team USA Minnesota is based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Formed in 2001, the purpose of the training center is to improve the competitiveness of post-collegiate American distance running and to develop Olympians.  The athletes are coached by Dennis Barker, head cross country and track coach at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.  Team USA Minnesota's major sponsor is Life Time Fitness ( and its silver sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion (  It is also supported by the New York Road Runners and the USA Distance Project along with a grant from Running USA.  For more information, visit the team's web site at




Pat Goodwin