Team USA Minnesota News

Team USA Minnesota Runners to Compete at Mt. SAC Relays on April 17, B.A.A. Invitational Mile on April 18, and Grand Blue Mile on April 21; Results from Cherry Blossom Ten Mile

Minneapolis/St. Paul - April 14, 2015 - The Team USA Minnesota runners will be traveling April 17-21 to the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., the B.A.A. Invitational Mile in Boston, and to the Grand Blue Mile in Des Moines.  Jon Peterson will compete at Mt. SAC on April 17, Heather Kampf and Gabriele Grunewald will run in the B.A.A. Mile on April 18, and Kampf will defend her title at the Grand Blue Mile on April 21.


At Mt. SAC (San Antonio College), which will be held on the track at Hilmer Lodge Stadium, Peterson will compete in the 1500 meters on Friday.  He has a best in the 1500 of 3:42.78 and in the mile of 4:00.54.  Peterson most recently posted a personal best in the 5000m of 13:36.29 at the Stanford Invitational on April 3.

In Boston, Kampf and Grunewald will be among the competitors at the B.A.A. Invitational Women's Mile which will be held at 11:30 a.m. (Eastern) on Saturday - two days before the Boston Marathon.  The three loop course ends on the Boston Marathon finish line.  Kampf was second in the B.A.A. Mile in 2014 and Grunewald was second in 2013.  Both have personal bests of 4:21.3 in the road mile.

On April 21, Kampf will make her fifth appearance at the Grand Blue Mile which is held in downtown Des Moines.  The women's professional mile race starts at 7:15 p.m. on Locust Street and finishes on Grand Avenue.  Kampf is the defending champion of the Grand Blue Mile and holds the course record of 4:32.62, which she set last year.

Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Results

Josh Dedering was 14th overall and sixth American at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C. on April 12.  However, due to an emergency that occurred on the race road just before the event started, the course was modified and was less than 10 miles (estimates are that it was around 9.5 miles).  On the shortened course, Dedering's time was 46:02.

About Team USA Minnesota

Team USA Minnesota is based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Founded 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.

Team USA Minnesota's major sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion (  Its silver sponsors are the Houston Marathon Foundation (, the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon (, Twin Cities Orthopedics ( and the Zero Runner ( It is also the recipient of the Running USA 2015 Allan Steinfeld Development Award. For more information, visit the team's web site at


Contact:  Pat Goodwin, 952-454-8876,