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Four Team USA Minnesota Runners to Participate in Torchlight 5k on July 20; Heather Kampf Is 2nd at Padova 1500m in Italy on July 17

Minneapolis/St. Paul – July 18, 2016 – Four Team USA Minnesota runners – Meghan Peyton, Jon Peterson, Biya Simbassa and Rob Molke – will participate in the Twin Cities Orthopedics Torchlight 5k that will be held in downtown Minneapolis on July 20. The annual Torchlight 5k precedes the city’s Aquatennial Parade and follows the same route.  The run starts at 7:30 p.m. near Loring Park, goes over the Stone Arch Bridge at the Mississippi River, and finishes in the St. Anthony Main park. Peyton is a two-time qualifier for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (2012 and 2016) and was the 2013 USA 20k Champion.  Peterson is a multi-distance specialist who runs the mile up through the half marathon and will make his marathon debut this fall. 

Simbassa competed in the 5000m at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in Eugene earlier this month and was fifth at the USA 15k Championships in March.  Molke has been focusing on the half marathon distance with plans to run his first marathon this fall.

All four runners plan to use the Torchlight 5k as a tempo or easy run at this point in their training for fall races.

Padova Track Meet results

Heather Kampf was second in 4:05.31 in the 1500 meters at the Meeting Citta’ di Padova in Italy on July 17.  Kampf is in Europe for a series of outdoor track races and will conclude her tour at the Morton Games in Dublin, Ireland, on July 22 where she will compete in the mile. 

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 group is to improve the competitiveness of post-collegiate American distance running and to develop Olympians.  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