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Three Team USA Minnesota Runners to Compete at Payton Jordan Meet May 4; Ben Sathre to Run Pittsburgh Half Marathon May 4; Weekend Results

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – April 29, 2014 – Three Team USA Minnesota distance runners – Meghan Peyton, Jon Peterson and Travis Burkstrand –  will compete at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., on May 4 and on the same date, Ben Sathre will run the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon.

At Payton Jordan on Sunday evening, May 4, on the Stanford University campus, Peyton will compete in the 10,000 meters, Peterson will run the 5000 meters, and Burkstrand will race the 1500 meters.

Peyton has a best in the 10,000m of 32:59.11.  Most recently she posted 16:03.99 in the 5000m at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 18 and ran 4:47.80 at the USA 1 Mile Road Championships on April 22. 

Burkstrand has run 3:45.0 in the 1500m and has a best in the mile on the indoor track of 4:00.15.  Peterson has a best in the 5000m of 13:41.93 in the distance.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Jon Grey, Meghan Peyton to Run at Mt. SAC Relays April 18; Heather Kampf to Compete at B.A.A. Mile April 19

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – April 15, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Jon Grey and Meghan Peyton will head to the West Coast this weekend to run in the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California, while Heather Kampf will travel East to compete in the B.A.A. Mile in Boston.

Grey and Peyton will open their outdoor track seasons by running in the 5000-meter invitational races that will be held on Friday, April 18.  The women’s event will be held at 8:17 p.m. (Pacific time) and the men will race at 8:35 p.m.  The Mt. SAC (San Antonio College) Distance Carnival and Invitational are part of the Relays that are held at Hilmer Lodge Stadium.

Grey has a best in the distance of 13:46.12 and Peyton has posted 15:41.1 in the 5000m.  Grey most recently finished seventh at the USA 15k Championships on March 15, while Peyton was eighth at the 15k Championships and also eighth at the USA 10 Mile Championships that were held on April 6.

Twin Cities In Motion Becomes Major Sponsor of Team USA Minnesota

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$30,000 Contribution to Enhance Elite Distance Development Program - Minneapolis/St. Paul– April 10, 2014 – Twin Cities In Motion, organizers of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and a host of running events in Minneapolis and St. Paul, is enhancing its partnership with Twin Cities-based Team USA Minnesota, the elite long distance running training center that has developed 21 national champions and sent dozens of athletes to international competitions, including the Olympic Games.

A sponsor of Team USA Minnesota since its inception in 2001, Twin Cities In Motion will increase its support of the program to $30,000 annually, making the nonprofit one of Team USA Minnesota’s two major sponsors.