Minneapolis/St. Paul – March 11, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Meghan Peyton, Jon Grey and Ben Sathre will compete this weekend at the USA 15k Championships in Jacksonville. The championships for men and women are being held on March 15 as part of the 37th annual Gate River Run, which has hosted the USATF 15k Championships for 21 consecutive years.
The race, which is billed as the largest 15k in the U.S. with some 25,000 participants, starts and finishes at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. For the elite field, the 15k features an equalizer bonus of $5,000 in addition to the prize purse. For the equalizer, the women will start at 8:23 a.m. and the men will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the rest of the participants. The first person to cross the finish line, female or male, receives the bonus.
Peyton is the 2013 USA 20k Champion and has a best in the 15k distance of 51:18. Most recently she competed at the USA Half Marathon Championships in January and at the USA Cross Country Championships in February. This will be her sixth appearance at Gate River.