Team USA Minnesota News

Heather Kampf to Compete at Long Island Mile Sept. 9, 5th Avenue Mile on Sept. 13; Gabriele Grunewald, Gina Valgoi, Jon Peterson to Run the Minnesota Mile Sept. 13

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Sept. 8, 2015 - The Team USA Minnesota runners will be focused on the mile this week with athletes competing in the Hoka One One Long Island Mile on Sept. 9, the New York Road Runners 5th Avenue Mile on Sept. 13, and Grandma's Minnesota Mile in Duluth on Sept. 13.


Heather Kampf will conclude her 2015 season with two of the mile races - the Long Island Mile and the 5th Avenue Mile - both in New York.  The Long Island Mile will be held on the track at St. Anthony's High School with the elite women's mile set for 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

She will then head to the streets of New York City on Sunday for the 35th annual 5th Avenue Mile, where she finished fourth last year.  The women's professional mile that races down a 20 block stretch of 5th Avenue will start at 1:18 p.m.  Kampf has won six road miles so far this year and is a three-time USA Road Mile champion.  She has posted 4:21 in the road mile and 4:30 in the distance on the track.

In Minnesota, Gabriele Grunewald, Jon Peterson and Gina Valgoi will compete in Grandma's Minnesota Mile on Sept. 13.  The women's elite race in Duluth starts at 10:20 a.m. and the men's elite race will begin at 10:30 a.m.  The Minnesota Mile is part of the 2015 Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour.

Grunewald won the race in 2013 and holds the course record of 4:21.3.  Peterson was second in the 2014 event with a time of 4:04.  Valgoi, who has a best of 4:43 in the mile, will be making her first appearance at the Minnesota Mile.

Labor Day Race Results

At the MDRA Victory races on Labor Day in Minneapolis, Emily Gordon was second in 35:36 in the Victory 10k and Megan Goethals was third in 36:17.  In the Victory 5k, Gina Valgoi took home the win with a time of 16:59.

In New Haven, Parker Stinson competed in the USA 20k Championships on Sept. 7 and finished 17th with a time of 1:02:44.

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,