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Seven Team USA Minnesota Runners to Celebrate Holidays at Life Time Fitness Reindeer Run Dec. 4

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Dec. 1, 2010 - Seven Team USA Minnesota distance runners will celebrate the holiday season by participating in the 23rd annual Life Time Fitness Reindeer Run 5k on Dec. 4.  The fun run starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Lake Harriet bandshell in southwest Minneapolis.  This is the ninth year the Team USA Minnesota athletes have appeared at the Reindeer Run.

 

Joining in the festivities along with more than 3,000 people of all ages will be:

 

. Emily Brown - 2009 USA Cross Country Champion and three-time qualifier for World Cross Country;

 

. Michelle Frey - winner of the 2010 City of Lakes 25k and U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier;

 

. Meghan Armstrong - fourth place finisher at both the 2010 USA Women's 10 Mile and 5k Championships;

 

. Kristen Nicolini - third place finisher at the 2009 USA Women's Marathon Championships with a debut time of 2:35;

 

. Josh Moen - winner of the 2010 City of Lakes 25k; second at the 2009 USA Men's 10 Mile Championship with the fifth fastest time ever in the U.S.;

 

. Chris Rombough - new member of Team USA Minnesota and a six-time All-American in cross country and track at the University of Minnesota;

 

. Gabriele Anderson - new member of Team USA Minnesota, second place finisher at the 2010 NCAA 1500 meter championship and ran personal best of 4:31.05 at the 2010 Fifth Avenue Mile.

 

The Reindeer Run supports the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves "Toys for Tots" program with participants asked to bring a contribution of an unwrapped toy.  In addition to the 5k at 9:30 a.m., a Kids 1k Run will be held at 9:10 a.m.  Official results are not kept for the Reindeer Run as the event is a fun run.

 

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 the competitiveness of 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 (www.lifetimefitness.com) and its silver sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion (www.mtcmarathon.org).  It is also supported by the New York Road Runners and the USA Distance Project along with a grant from Running USA.  For more information, visit the team's web site at www.teamusaminnesota.org.

 

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Contact:

Pat Goodwin

952-924-1081

pfgoodwin@teamusaminnesota.org

 

 

 

Team USA Minnesota Runners to Participate in Life Time Fitness Turkey Day 5k Nov. 25; Meghan Armstrong at Chiba Ekiden in Japan

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Nov. 23, 2010 - Three Team USA Minnesota runners - Katie McGregor, Heather Dorniden Kampf and Josh Moen - will participate in the Life Time Fitness Turkey Day 5k festivities on Nov. 25.  The Thanksgiving Day event in downtown Minneapolis is expected to attract some 10,000 runners and walkers of all ages.

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Meghan Armstrong Named to Chiba Ekiden Relay Team; Matt Gabrielson Is Sixth at Big Sur Half Marathon

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Nov. 16, 2010 - For the second year in a row, Team USA Minnesota's Meghan Armstrong has been named to the U.S. squad that will compete at the International Chiba Ekiden in Chiba, Japan, on Nov. 23.  The six-member squad of three men and three women will run a marathon relay against teams from nine nations, including host team Japan, Kenya, Romania, Russia, China, Australia, Canada, Norway and Italy.

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Katie McGregor Is 2nd at USA Women's Marathon Championship, Wins 2010 USA Running Circuit; Matt Gabrielson to Run Big Sur Half on Nov. 14

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Nov. 9, 2010 - Team USA Minnesota's Katie McGregor placed second in the USA Women's Marathon Championship, which was held on Nov. 7 in conjunction with the ING New York City Marathon.  Her time of 2:31:01 was a personal best.  She was also 11th overall in the women's field which included athletes from around the world.

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Katie McGregor to Compete at ING New York City Marathon, site of USA Women's Marathon Championship on Nov. 7

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Nov. 1, 2010 - Team USA Minnesota's Katie McGregor will be among the top competitors at the USA Women's Marathon Championship, a race that will be held in conjunction with the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 7.  This will be McGregor's third marathon - she has run New York twice previously in 2:31:14 (2008) and 2:32:36 (2006).

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Six Team USA Minnesota Athletes Are Coaching Cross Country Teams in the Twin Cities this Fall

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Oct. 27, 2010 - Six Team USA Minnesota distance runners are serving as assistant cross country coaches this fall for various high school and college programs in the Twin Cities.  The athletes include Jason Lehmkuhle, Matt Gabrielson, Antonio Vega, Chris Rombough, Meghan Armstrong and Heather Dorniden Kampf.

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Antonio Vega Finishes 23rd at World Half Marathon

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Oct. 19, 2010 - Team USA Minnesota's Antonio Vega finished in 23rd place and second American on the five-man U.S. team at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Nanning, China, on Oct. 16.  His time was 1:03:37 (winning time was 1:00:07).  The U.S. men's team was sixth out of 11 teams.

 

"I ran pretty much the entire race with Sean Quigley (who finished first American in 1:03:23)," said Vega.  "The two of us worked together to try to pick people off throughout the race.  Towards the end of the race you could see that a lot of people were falling apart due to the heat.  I feel like I just kind of ran out of room to try to catch people.  If I could go back, I would have put myself with the chase pack in order to give myself a better chance to finish in the top 15.

 

"It was really hot and humid during the race.  The temperatures were in the low 80's with a lot of humidity.  The race was a lot slower because of the hot conditions.  I went out a little bit more on the conservative side because of the heat.

 

"Making my first world team was a great experience.  The race was well organized and I had a lot of fun representing the USA in my first major competition."

 

The IAAF World Half Marathon Championships will next be held in Bulgaria in 2012.

 

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 the competitiveness of 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 (www.lifetimefitness.com) and its silver sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion (www.mtcmarathon.org).  It is also supported by the New York Road Runners and the USA Distance Project along with a grant from Running USA.  For more information, visit the team's web site at www.teamusaminnesota.org.

 

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Contact:

Pat Goodwin

952-924-1081

pfgoodwin@teamusaminnesota.org

 

 

 

Antonio Vega to Compete in China Oct. 16 at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships; Katie McGregor 3rd at USA Women's 10k Championship

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Oct. 11, 2010 - Team USA Minnesota's Antonio Vega has been named a member of the U.S. team that will compete at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Nanning, China, on Oct. 16.  He is one of three national champions on the five-man U.S. team that also includes a five-woman roster.

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Katie McGregor, Meghan Armstrong to Compete at USA Women's 10k Championship in Boston Oct. 11; Antonio Vega Wins 2010 USA Running Circuit

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Oct. 6, 2010 - Team USA Minnesota's Katie McGregor and Meghan Armstrong will compete at the USA Women's 10k Championship in Boston on Oct. 11.  The championship is being held in conjunction with the Tufts Health Plan 10k for Women, which is the largest women-only 10k in the nation.  The Columbus Day race starts at noon (Eastern time) and features over 6,000 participants.

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Matt Gabrielson, Kristen Nicolini, Chris Rombough, Heather Dorniden to Participate in Team USA Minnesota Panel at Twin Cities Expo Oct. 1; Weekend Results

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Sept. 30, 2010 - Four Team USA Minnesota distance runners will participate in a panel discussion and Q&A on Friday, Oct. 1, from 4:00-4:45 p.m. at the Health & Fitness Expo in the Saint Paul RiverCentre.  The Expo is part of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon weekend of events and is the site of runner packet pick-up.

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Six Team USA Minnesota Runners to Compete in Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Races Oct. 2-3: 5k, 10 Mile, Marathon

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Sept. 28, 2010 - Six Team USA Minnesota distance runners will be among the professional competitors running in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon races the weekend of Oct. 2-3, including in the TC 5k, the Medtronic TC 10 Mile, and the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.  The 10 Mile event is also the site of the USA Women's 10 Mile Championship and the marathon is host to the USA Men's Marathon Championship.

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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.

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