Eric Finan Runs 3:58 PR to Win Mile Race at Adrian Martinez Classic in Concord; Heather Kampf Three Peats in 800m at Festival of Miles in St. Louis

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – June 6, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Eric Finan had a breakthrough race and a 6 second personal best to win the Adro Mile in 3:58.73 at the Adrian Martinez Classic in Concord, Mass., last evening.  In St. Louis at the Festival of Miles, Heather Kampf won the women’s 800 meter race for the third year in a row with a meet record time of 2:01.48.

Also on June 5 at the Concord event, Jon Peterson finished fifth in the Adro Mile with a best of 4:01.12, and in St. Louis, Travis Burkstrand ran a best of 4:00.01 in the men’s mile to come agonizingly close to breaking the 4 minute mile barrier.  He was fifth in the race.

Finan told Race Results Weekly that his recent training under Coach Dennis Barker with Team USA Minnesota – he joined the training group in September 2013 - gave him the confidence that he could break 4 minutes.  That he did, improving more than 6 seconds from his previous personal best mile, which was a 4:04.94 indoors that he ran in 2010 when he was competing for the University of Cincinnati.

Barshim soars not shimmies over the bars in Rome – IAAF Diamond League

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The pre-event publicity mainly centred around the fact that the men’s high jump had one of the classier fields ever assembled outside of a major global championship and it lived up to the hype as Qatar’s world indoor champion Mutaz Essa Barshim soared over an Asian record of 2.41m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome on Thursday (5).

Into the bargain, it was also a meeting record and equalled the IAAF Diamond League record shared by Russia’s Ivan Ukhov and Ukraine’s Bohdan Bondarenko.

However, while Barshim was the star of the show for his soaring clearance over his winning height, with about five centimetres of daylight between his torso and the bar and even clear air between his heels and the apparatus, the competition will also be remembered for the six close failures at 2.43m, three apiece from Barshim and world champion Bondarenko.

After Bondarenko and Barshim both jumped 2.34m with their first attempts – the height which saw the last remaining other jumpers eliminated – the personable and pencil-thin Qatari flew over 2.37m, which prompted Bondarenko to pass.

The mind games continued at the next height as both men decided to pass 2.39m.

IAAF / Nestlé Kids’ Athletics to star on Broadway

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The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is delighted to announce that IAAF Kids’ Athletics / Nestlé Healthy Kids, the flagship development project of its School / Youth programme, will be demonstrated in the heart of New York City on Wednesday 11 June.

IAAF / Nestlé Kids’ Athletics, which is one of the biggest grassroots development programmes in the world of sports, will be introduced to citizens of ‘The Big Apple’ in Herald Square on Broadway.

The demonstration is one of the lead-in promotions to the adidas Grand Prix, the sixth leg of the 2014 IAAF Diamond League which takes place on Saturday 14 June in Icahn Stadium, Randall's Island, New York.

Herald Square, which is located between 34th and 35th streets, one block from the Empire State Building, will be the setting for an afternoon of track and field street action. Proceedings will begin at 12.30 local time with a women’s pole vault competition featuring USA’s Olympic champion Jenn Suhr.

Approximately two hours later six teams of New York school children aged 9-10 years old will take part in IAAF / Nestlé Kids’ Athletics, a series of fun activities which covers the core skills of athletics, ‘run, jump, throw’.

GNC Live Well Liberty Mile Champion Heather Kampf Returns to Steel City

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Friday, August 1 event features new American Pro Mile with a $20,000 guaranteed prize purse; fourth stop on Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2014 - PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The 2014 GNC Live Well Liberty Mile returns to downtown Pittsburgh on Friday evening, August 1 with two-time defending champion Heather Kampf of Team USA Minnesota. Featuring a new American Development Program Pro Mile at the third edition of the race, professionals will compete for $20,000 in guaranteed prize money with each race champion taking home with $4000.

The American Development Program Pro Mile is the second of three events this year in Pittsburgh’s inaugural American Development Program that offers exposure and incentives to America’s best runners. The program kicked off with the 6th DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon on May 4 and culminates with the 2nd EQT Pittsburgh 10-Miler on November 9.


Team USA Minnesota Athletes to Compete at Festival of Miles, Adrian Martinez Classic and American Track League Meets June 5-6

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – June 3, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota distance runners will compete this week at three different track meets on June 5 and 6, including at the Nike Festival of Miles in St. Louis, the Hoka One One Adrian Martinez Classic in Concord, Mass., and at the American Track League meet in Houston.

At the Festival of Miles on June 5, Heather Kampf will compete in the women’s elite 800 meter race.  The meet’s two-time champion at this distance, Kampf has a best of 2:00.04 in the 800m.  Most recently she competed in the Prefontaine Classic 800m on May 30 and finished fourth with a time of 2:00.65.

Travis Burkstrand will also be in St. Louis and will line up in the men’s elite mile.  Burkstrand has a best of 4:00.15 in the distance, which he set on the indoor track in January.  The races will be held in the evening, with the 800m at 8:20 and the mile at 8:55 (Central time).

HOKA ONE ONE® Revives Tradition of 2-Mile Postal with Countrywide Competitions in 2014

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Richmond, CA (June 2, 2014)HOKA ONE ONE®, a division of Deckers Outdoor Corporation(NYSE : DECK), is pleased to announce the revival of the High School 2-mile Postal competition this Fall. In order to further support the growth of American distance running, HOKA ONE ONE will introduce competitions for high school cross country teams across the nation.  Both regional and national champions will be crowned. 

Originally founded in the 1950s and run through the 1980s, the "Postal" concept was a nationwide series of races run on tracks during the cross country season. The results would determine an unofficial national high school cross country team champion by simply totaling up the times from the top five runners from each participating team.  The two-mile distance run on a track ensured the accuracy of the nationwide competition and coaches from around the country would mail their team times to a central reporting body and a champion would be announced soon afterwards.