osh Dedering to Run Cherry Blossom Ten Mile April 12; Gabriele Grunewald Wins Stanford 5000m Race April 3; Jon Peterson, Jon Grey Set PRs in 5000m

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – April 6, 2015 – Team USA Minnesota’s Josh Dedering will be among the competitors at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C. on April 12.  The men’s elite field starts at 7:30 a.m. (Eastern) along with the first wave of participants in a field of over 14,000 runners.  The run starts and finishes on the Washington Monument Grounds.

Dedering, who joined Team USA Minnesota in March, has a best of 49:40 in the 10 Mile and 1:03:31 in the half marathon.  A collegiate runner at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Dedering took to the roads shortly after graduation last spring.  He posted his 10 mile best at the Medtronic TC 10 last October and his half marathon PR at the USA Half Marathon Championships in Houston in January.

As a tune-up race for Cherry Blossom, Dedering won the MDRA 7 Mile in Minneapolis on March 28 with a time of 35:38.

Three Team USA Minnesota Runners to Compete in the 5000m at the Stanford Invite April 3

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – March 31, 2015 – Three Team USA Minnesota distance runners – Gabriele Grunewald, Jon Peterson and Jon Grey – will compete in the 5000 meters at the Stanford Track & Field Invitational in California on April 3.  All three athletes will be opening their outdoor track season at this meet. 

Grunewald has a best in the 5000m of 15:33.64, a mark she set at a meet in Europe last July.  She is the 2014 USA Indoor 3000-meter champion and has a best in the 3000m of 8:42.64.

Competing in the men’s field of the 5000m will be Peterson, who has posted 13:39.51 in the distance, and Grey who has a mark of 13:46.12.

The meet will be held at Cobb Track and Angell Field on the Stanford University campus with the 5000 meter races scheduled for Friday evening.

DIII Standout Josh Dedering of UW-LaCrosse Joins Team USA Minnesota; Meghan Peyton Finishes 8th at USA Marathon Championships

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – March 17, 2015 – Team USA Minnesota has added Josh Dedering – a DIII standout runner who graduated from the University of Wisconsin–LaCrosse in 2014 – to its roster.  He will focus on distances from the 10k up through the marathon.

At LaCrosse, Dedering was a cross country All-American, the WIAC Conference champion in the indoor 5k, and qualified for the DIII NCAA Nationals in the indoor 5k and outdoor 10k.  During his collegiate career, he was the 2013 WIAC Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, a three-time Capital One Academic All-American, and a six-time USTFCCCA Academic All-American.  He has degrees in Sport Management and Business Administration.

After graduation, Dedering took to the roads and finished fifth at the Medtronic TC 10 Mile last October, won the Madison Half Marathon in November and the Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon in December.  In January 2015, he ran a personal best of 1:03:31 at the USA Half Marathon Championships in Houston and obtained his 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier.

Emily Gordon to Run USA 15k Championships in Jacksonville on March 14; Meghan Peyton to Compete at USA Marathon Championships in Los Angeles on March 15

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – March 10, 2015 – Team USA Minnesota’s Emily Gordon will run in the USA 15k Championships in Jacksonville on March 14, while Meghan Peyton will compete in the USA Marathon Championships in Los Angeles on March 15.

The 15k Championships for men and women are being held as part of the 37th annual Gate River Run, which has hosted the USATF 15k Championships for 22 consecutive years.  The race, which is billed as the largest 15k in the U.S. with over 20,000 participants, starts and finishes at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.  The elite women will start at 8:24 a.m. (Eastern time) and the men will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the first wave of participants.

Gordon has previously posted 59:04 in the 10 mile and has run 1:14 in the half marathon.  She is making her debut at the 15k distance.  Gordon is preparing to run the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon on May 3.

Team USA Minnesota Receives Allan Steinfeld Development Award at Running USA Conference; Heather Kampf to Run Wanamaker Mile at NYRR Millrose Games Feb. 14; Jon Grey Named to U.S. Team for PanAm Cross Country Cup

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Feb. 12, 2015 – Team USA Minnesota has been selected as the 2015 recipient of Running USA’s Allan Steinfeld Development Award.  The distance running training center, which is based in Minneapolis/St. Paul, was presented with the $25,000 grant at the Running USA Industry Conference on Feb. 9 in New Orleans.

“We appreciate the opportunity that Running USA provides to American distance training programs and we are extremely pleased to be selected for this award,” said Pat Goodwin, president and founder of Team USA Minnesota. “The grant will provide tremendous assistance to our group as we complete our fourth Olympic cycle in 2016.”

The team’s athletes, who are coached by Dennis Barker, compete on the track, the roads and in cross country.  To date the group has developed 22 national champions and an Olympian, achieved 71 top three finishes in U.S. championship events and placed athletes on 29 world teams.  Team USA Minnesota was also the first recipient of the Allan Steinfeld Development Award, which was presented in 2010.