• Heather Kampf Wins USA 1 Mile Road Championship in Des Moines; Heather Kampf, Gabriele Grunewald at Drake Relays 1500m April 25; Jon Peterson to Run Get in Gear 10k in Minneapolis April 26

    Minneapolis/St. Paul – April 23, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf won the women’s race at the USA 1 Mile Road Championships in Des Moines on April 22 to reclaim a title she also won in 2012.  Her time was 4:34.6 and was a course record for the downtown race, which was held in conjunction with the Grand Blue Mile, part of the week long events for the annual Drake Relays.

    “It was definitely a tight battle coming down the stretch and I didn’t know who else was coming,” said Kampf.  “I was worried about those late closers.  I just had to give it my all and see what I could do all the way to the finish.  I won this championship in 2012 when it was held at the Medtronic TC 1 Mile in Minneapolis and it was my goal to get back to the top ever since.”

    Also running in the women’s race were Gabriele Grunewald who was 12th in 4:45.91, and Meghan Peyton who crossed the line in 13th place in 4:47.80.

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  • Meb’s Stunning Victory at Boston Ends Drought

    No American male has won the iconic Boston Marathon since 1983, when, Greg Meyer, a midwesterner with the legs of a steeple chaser and the arms of a wrestler, won the most American of marathons.

    Now, Meb Keflezighi, an Olympic silver medalist and victor of New York City has added the mantle of Boston Marathon winner to his resume!

    The 118th Boston Marathon will be remembered for so many reasons. High on that list will be Meb Keflezighi's stunning victory over the best field ever assembled in Boston history. Mary Kate Shea, John Hancock's elite athlete field developer wanted a woman under 2:20 and an American win. Well, she got three women under the course record, two under 2:20 and an American win!

      Meb Keflezighi, in a performance reminiscent of Frank Shorter in Munich, took the lead at eight miles in the 2014 Boston Marathon, and just built up a commanding lead. What Frank Shorter did not have to contend with, however, was that runners came back after him. Meb Keflezighi held off his competitors over the last two miles. The chasing pack, which included Dennis Kimetto, Wilson Chebet, Markos Geneti, Ryan Hall, among others, just watched from afar. When it came time to attack, no one would follow Wilson Chebet and Frankline Chepkwony.

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  • Jeptoo breaks course record with third Boston victory while Keflezighi ends US drought

    Rita Jeptoo and Meb Keflezighi made Boston Marathon history on Monday (21), as Jeptoo won her third Boston in course-record time and Keflezighi broke a 31-year drought, becoming the first US man to win in Boston since 1983. The IAAF Gold Label Road Race celebrated its 118th running from the outlying town of Hopkinton to Boston’s Copley Square.

    It was an emotional day in Boston, with runners from the front of the pack to the back wishing to reclaim the marathon as a celebration and a competition after the events of 2013. They were aided by superb weather and crowds among the largest in recent memory lining the course.

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  • FLASH – Jeptoo breaks course record while Keflezighi ends US drought in Boston

    The thousands of spectators who lined the streets for the Boston Marathon on Monday (21) were treated to two of the greatest races in the event’s 118-year history. Rita Jeptoo broke the course record in one of the fastest races ever, while Meb Keflezighi became the first US winner since 1985 of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

    For the first half of the race, it looked as though there could have been two US winners as Shalane Flanagan led for much of the way in the women’s race. She eventually surrendered her lead after about 33km as defending champion Jeptoo forged ahead along with fellow Kenyan Jemima Sumgong and Ethiopian trio Mare Dibaba, Meselech Melkamu and Bezunesh Deba.

    After a 15:44 5km split between 35km and 40km, Jeptoo was alone out in front and went on to cross the finish line in 2:18:57, moving to fifth on the world all-time list. She improved the course record by almost two minutes, smashing the mark of 2:20:43 set 12 years ago by compatriot Margaret Okayo.

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  • Five Team USA Minnesota Runners to Compete at USA 1 Mile Road Championships in Des Moines April 22; Heather Kampf 2nd at B.A.A. Invitational Mile in Boston

    Minneapolis/St. Paul – April 19, 2014 – Five Team USA Minnesota distance runners – Heather Kampf, Gabriele Grunewald, Meghan Peyton, Travis Burkstrand and Jon Peterson – will be among the competitors at the USA 1 Mile Road Championships to be held in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday evening, April 22

    The 1 Mile Road Championships are being hosted by the Grand Blue Mile, part of the Drake Relays week of events.  At last year’s race in Des Moines, Kampf finished third, Grunewald was fifth and Peyton crossed the line in 12th place.  This will be the first appearance at the 1 Mile Road Championships for Burkstrand and Peterson.

    Kampf, who won the 2012 USA 1 Mile Road Championships, has a best in the distance of 4:27.1.  Grunewald, who is the 2014 USA Indoor 3000-meter Champion, has run 4:21.3 for the mile on the roads.  Peyton’s best is 4:40.5.

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