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Meghan Peyton, Katy Moen at Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k June 4; Heather Kampf to Compete at Furman Elite 1500m June 4; Coach Dennis Barker Publishes “The River Road” Novel

Minneapolis/St. Paul – June 2, 2016 – Team USA Minnesota’s Meghan Peyton and Katy Moen will be among the all-American field at the 38th edition of Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k on June 4 in Albany, New York.  On the same date, Heather Kampf will compete in the Furman Elite 1500 meter women’s race in Greenville, South Carolina. On the track, Peyton has a best of 15:41 and Moen has posted 15:52 in the 5000m.  Most recently, at the Brian Kraft Memorial 5k road race in Minneapolis on May 30, Peyton finished second in 16:17 and Moen was third in 16:42. The Freihofer’s 5k starts at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern) in New York’s capital city.

On the campus of Furman University, Kampf will be on the track in the 1500m at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern).  She has a best of 4:04.50 in the 1500m and so far this season has run 4:07.26 in the distance when she placed third in the 1500m at the Drake Relays.

“The River Road” by Coach Dennis Barker

Team USA Minnesota’s Coach Dennis Barker has published his first book called “The River Road” which is a novel about becoming a runner in 1972.  The book is set on the road along the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities and is filled with stories about runners, running, history, the 1972 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials and the Munich Olympics. The book brings to life an era in which the U.S. competed for gold in nearly every distance running event.

As many of the sport’s icons dominate their events in Eugene and prepare for Munich, a 15-year-old runner in Minneapolis prepares for his first season of varsity cross country.  Inspired by Jim Ryun, Frank Shorter and Steve Prefontaine, along with a number of prominent Minnesota distance runners of the time, a high school runner named Lenny learns that Olympic distance runners – Ron Daws, Buddy Edelen and Van Nelson among others - have come from Minnesota and trained on the same River Road on which he runs. 

“It’s about a world of running lore that a new runner never knew existed that opens up to him and helps him begin to explore and realize his own ability to run,” said Barker.  The book is available on

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 center is to improve the competitiveness of post-collegiate American distance running and to develop Olympians.  The athletes are coached by Dennis Barker.

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