Team USA Minnesota News

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon Enters Second Year of Team USA Minnesota Sponsorship

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Sept. 10, 2015 - The Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon has announced that it will renew its sponsorship of Team USA Minnesota, a post-collegiate distance training center focused on developing Olympians and national champions.  The support of Team USA Minnesota is part of P3R's American Development Program, an initiative to increase exposure and racing opportunities for American professional runners.


"Team USA Minnesota has done an outstanding job of developing talented American athletes from the mile to the marathon," said P3R CEO Patrice Matamoros.  "We are proud to partner with a training group who shares our mission in supporting and developing Olympic-caliber talent in the United States."

Several members of Team USA Minnesota have participated in past P3R events, including GNC Live Well Liberty Mile champions Heather Kampf and Gabriele Grunewald.  Team members Josh Dedering and Emily Gordon - who have both qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials - will also compete at P3R's next event, the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler on Sunday, Oct. 25.

"We are so pleased that the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon has renewed its sponsorship of our group," said Patricia Goodwin, president and founder of Team USA Minnesota.  "The support we received this past year enabled us to attract talented new athletes to our team and provide them with the resources they need to succeed.  Plus, our runners really enjoy competing in Pittsburgh's quality events through the year - at the marathon and half marathon, the mile, and the 10 mile - and being involved with their youth running programs as well.  It's a great partnership."

As part of the American Development Program, P3R offers complimentary entry, prize money, travel assistance and grant opportunities for its series of events, which includes the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, GNC Live Well Liberty Mile and the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler.  The American Development Program also inspires the next generation of runners by offering a pen pal program connecting professional athletes and P3R's Kids of Steel participants.

About the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R)

P3R is a nonprofit organization that is passionate about promoting the love of running and enhancing community access to health and fitness education and activities.  Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DSG Pittsburgh Marathon, it also runs a variety of other high-quality races, events and health and fitness programs through the Pittsburgh region.  While many of the races attract some of the nation's highest-profile professional athletes, P3R also offers activities for all ages and ability levels.  The only criterion for participation is a desire to be happy, healthy and active.  Read more at

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 and compete on the roads, the track, and in cross country.  To date, the team has developed an Olympian and 23 national champions and placed numerous athletes on world teams.  For more information, visit


Contact:  Pat Goodwin, 952-454-8876,