Team USA Minnesota News

Patrick Smyth Wins Emerald Nuts Midnight Run in New York City Jan. 1

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Jan. 3, 2010 - Team USA Minnesota's Patrick Smyth won the 31st Emerald Nuts Midnight Run in New York City on Jan. 1. Smyth ran the four mile road race in Central Park in a time of 18:35 (second place was 18:53) in weather conditions that included a mix of light snow and rain. The event, which includes a fireworks display, is hosted by the New York Road Runners.


Smyth went to the front of the race at the gun and pulled away from the field at the two mile mark, running the second half in a solo effort. According to race officials, slippery conditions made it "impossible" for the men's course record of 18:12 to be challenged. About 5000 runners took part in the race.

"It was definitely a bit slippery as wet snow had fallen and was falling," said Smyth, who joined Team USA Minnesota last summer after graduating from Notre Dame. "But we really only had to be mindful on the turns of which there were only a few. The atmosphere was exhilarating. The fireworks lasted the entire 18 minutes and 35 seconds that I was running. It was a great way to usher in the New Year and definitely something I'd do again if the opportunity presents itself."

Next up for Smyth is the USA Half Marathon Championships in Houston on Jan. 17 where he will make his debut in the distance. "The Midnight Run was a great tune-up for Houston," said Smyth. "Aside from perfect timing, which is about three weeks out, it was a great way to get the legs kicking over after putting in a long solid block of training since Manchester (Road Race on Thanksgiving Day where he finished second)."

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 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. For more information, visit the web site at




Pat Goodwin