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Thomas Drops Field At US Marathon Champs Before Succumbing To Stomach Pains; Finishes 6th

(Colorado Springs, CO) -  Wendy Thomas (adidas/BRC) set out as a woman on a mission and never looked back. Establishing a solid 5:40 per mile pace on a cool still morning at the US Marathon Championships hosted by Twin Cities In Motion's Twin Cities Marathon in Minnesota, Thomas and Atalelech Asfaw separated from the field by the 10k mark establishing a commanding lead through the half-marathon in 1:14:17.

Thomas then pulled away from Asfaw over the next four miles until she began to experience stomach cramping and gastrointestinal problems. Those problems began to lead to dehydration and very soon after eventual champion Annie Bergsal wrested the lead, Thomas passed out near the 25-mile mark, hitting the pavement. Upon being revived by a volunteer, Thomas got to her feet and managed 6th-place in a disappointing time of 2:36:00.

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend Is Oct. 5-6: Meghan Peyton to Compete in USA Marathon Championships; Five Athletes to Run the TC 10 Mile, TC 10k or TC 5k Races

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Oct. 1, 2013 – Six Team USA Minnesota distance runners – led by Meghan Peyton in the USA Marathon Championships – will compete in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon weekend of races Oct. 5-6, including the Medtronic TC 10 Mile, the TC 10k and the TC 5k.

Hosted by the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon on Oct. 6, the USA Marathon Championships for men and women will begin at 8:00 a.m. near the HHH Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis and finish at the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul.  Peyton, who won the 2013 USA 20k Championships on Labor Day, is a leading contender in the women’s field in what is her “home town” marathon.

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Suver Wins Great Cow Harbor 10k; Thomas & Williams 5th and 6th

(Colorado Springs, CO) -  Mattie Suver (adidas/BRC) was able to pull out a win despite being in midst of marathon training at the Great CowHarbor 10k in Northport, NY, on Saturday.  Suver, like her teammates Wendy Thomas and Alisha Williams, felt the weight of marathon specific work as the early pace saw the trio distanced from the leaders. Suver was able to respond with a late race push to catch leader Amy Van Alstine and then managed a final kick to take the win 33:31.8 to 33:33.3, the closest finish in race history.  Suver took home $3,500 for her performance.

Jon Peterson, Andrew Carlson Finish 4th and 6th at Cow Harbor 10k; Meghan Peyton Is 7th at USA 5k Championships; Heather Kampf, Gabriele Anderson End 2013 Season at Fifth Avenue Mile

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Sept. 23, 2013 – It was a weekend of successful competitions on the East Coast for five Team USA Minnesota distance runners, with Jon Peterson and Andrew Carlson finishing fourth and sixth respectively at the Cow Harbor 10k, Meghan Peyton placing seventh at the USA 5k Championships, and Heather Kampf and Gabriele Anderson ending their 2013 seasons at the Fifth Avenue Mile.

In Northport, New York, on Sept. 21, Peterson posted 29:54 in the Cow Harbor 10k for fourth place and Carlson crossed the line in 30:26 to come in sixth.  Next up for both athletes will be either the TC 10 Mile or TC 10k race during Twin Cities Marathon weekend on Oct. 5-6.

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Elliott To Compete In Fifth Avenue Mile

(Colorado Springs, CO) -  Matt Elliott (Brooks) will line up for the first time in New York City for the storied Fifth Avenue Mile to be hosted by the New York Road Runners and presented by Nissan.  Elliott, who finished 4th at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships 1500-meters, will be closing out a season that saw him dip under 3:38 for the event four times culminating in a personal best of 3:36.61.  Even though Elliott broke 4:00 for the mile four times this year, as well, with a career best of 3:57.16, Sunday's race through the center of Manhattan will pit him against some of the best middle distance runners in the world, including 2013 World Championships silver 800-meter medalist Nick Symmonds and US Olympians Bernard Lagat, Leo Manzano, Lopez Lomong and Even Jager.