Team USA Minnesota News

Rob Molke, Jon Peterson to Debut in Marathon at Twin Cities Oct. 9; Meghan Peyton, Biya Simbassa to Run USATF 10 Mile Championships Oct. 9; Heather Kampf Wins Navy Mile, BBTM Tour

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Oct. 4, 2016 - Team USA Minnesota's Rob Molke and Jon Peterson will make their debut in the marathon at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, while Meghan Peyton and Biya Simbassa will be among the competitors in the USATF 10 Mile Championships, hosted by the Medtronic TC 10 Mile.  Both events will be held on Sunday, Oct. 9, with the 10 mile race starting at 7:00 a.m. and the marathon at 8:00 a.m.  The races begin in downtown Minneapolis and finish at the State Capitol in St. Paul.


Molke has posted 1:03:27 in the half marathon and Peterson has run 1:04:26 in the half.  They have been preparing throughout the summer months to run the 26.2-mile distance for the first time.  With the course in their "home town," the two have run many sections of the marathon.

The course goes along four lakes in Minneapolis - Isles, Calhoun, Harriet and Nokomis - as well as the Mississippi River and then to Summit Avenue in St. Paul to finish at the Capitol.  This is the 35th year of the Twin Cities Marathon.

In the 10 mile distance, Peyton has a best of 54:42 and Simbassa has posted 49:11.  They will run against a deep field of American competitors in the men's and women's championship races.  The event is known as the "Shortcut to the Capitol." After starting in downtown Minneapolis, the 10 mile covers the last seven miles of the marathon course to also finish at the State Capitol grounds.

Navy Mile Results

Heather Kampf won the Navy Mile in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 2 with a time of 4:38 and also won the 2016 Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour, which concluded at the Navy Mile.  This is the third year that Kampf has been the female winner of the BBTM Tour.

Also competing at the Navy Mile was Meghan Peyton, who finished seventh in 4:52, and Jamie Cheever, who crossed the line in ninth place in 4:55.

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 group is to improve the competitiveness of post-collegiate American distance running and to develop Olympians.  The athletes are coached by Chris Lundstrom.  Team USA Minnesota's major sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion.  Its silver sponsors are the Houston Marathon Foundation and the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon.  For more information, visit the team's web site at


Contact:  Pat Goodwin, 952-454-8876,