FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Returning Champs To Compete Against Each Other For $10,000 Bonus
McGregor, Abdirahman headline Medtronic TC 10 Mile fields to vie for
equalizer cash prize
St. Paul, MN (September 15, 2011) – Former Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
champion Blake Russell and six-time Medtronic TC 10 Mile champ Katie
McGregor will headline the women's portion of next month's USA 10 Mile
Championships to be held in conjunction with the Medtronic TC 10 Mile on
The event will host both the men's and women's USA 10 Mile Championships
this year and feature head-to-head competition between the genders.
Russell, who won the 2003 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon with an aggressive
solo effort in her debut marathon, and McGregor, a fellow frontrunner who
won the USA 10 Mile title and her sixth Medtronic TC 10 Mile crown in the
race last year, will race for a winner's check of $12,000.
They and the rest of the loaded women's field -- which includes NCAA
10,000-meter record-holder Lisa Koll, the 2010 USA 7 Mile champion,
three-time Grandma's Marathon victor Mary Akor, and Serena Burla, the
runner-up at the 2011 USA Half Marathon Championships -- will also be
racing for a $10,000 "Equalizer Bonus" set aside first USA Champion – woman
or man -- to cross the finish line in St. Paul.
The women's field will leave the race's downtown Minneapolis starting line
ahead of the men in a unique handicapped format.
The men's field is packed with talent as well, boasting two-time Medtronic
TC 10 Mile champ and three-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman, 2009 Medtronic TC
10 Mile runner-up Josh Moen of Team USA Minnesota, 2008 Medtronic Twin
Cities Marathon champ Fernando Cabada, 2010 USA 10 Mile champion Fasil
Bizuneh and 2011 USA Half Marathon and 15K champion Mo Trafeh.
The Medtronic TC 10 Mile kicks off the action on the Sunday morning of
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon weekend. The Medtronic TC 10 Mile will be
followed by the 30th Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. The marathon will
feature a strong field of U.S. and international runners and again hosts
the USA Masters Marathon Championships for runners 40-years and older.
On Saturday, October 1 the finish-line area around the state capitol will
host Medtronic TC Family Events including the Diana Pierce Family Mile and
the always entertaining Diaper Dash and Toddler Trot. Also slated for
Saturday are the TC 5K Run/Walk and TC 10K run.
About Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend The Most Beautiful Urban
Marathon in America® celebrates its 30th running in 2011. Held the first
weekend in October, the three-day weekend celebration of fitness begins on
Friday, September 30 with the Health & Fitness Expo. Saturday includes the
TC 10K, TC 5K Run/Walk, Medtronic TC Family Events and a pasta dinner.
Sunday features the weekend's premiere races, the Medtronic Twin Cities
Marathon and the Medtronic TC 10 Mile. Medtronic is the title sponsor of
marathon race weekend events.
About Twin Cities In Motion Twin Cities In Motion, (formerly Twin Cities
Marathon, Inc.) is the non-profit organization that organizes over a dozen
running events throughout the year, including the Medtronic Twin Cities
Marathon, as a community service for the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Visit
www.tcmevents.org for more information.