FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kristine Smith
Twin Cities Marathon, Inc.
763-287-3888 ext. 13
Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. Voluntarily Increases
Drug Testing at 2007 Events
USA Track & Field Has Selected Medtronic TC 10 Mile for Drug Testing: Twin
Cities Marathon, Inc. Will Also Test at Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
(Minneapolis, MN) –Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. will support the USA Track
and Field (USATF) "Zero Tolerance" anti-doping policy by voluntarily
increasing the number of elite athletes to be tested Sunday, October 7.
USATF selected the Medtronic TC 10 Mile, which is the host of the 2007 USA
Men's 10 Mile Championship, as part of its program to test elite athletes
competing at championship events. Athletes tested at championship events
are selected randomly by U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and funding for
this testing is supported by USADA and the U.S. Olympic Committee. Costs
to test average between $300 and $500 per athlete.
"Twin Cities Marathon, Inc., supports the efforts to keep the sport of
running clean", said Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. executive director Virginia
Brophy Achman. "We agree with race officials around the country, including
Grandma's Marathon, that testing for performance enhancing drugs sends the
message that runners and wheelers can expect a fair competition. We've
chosen to increase testing beyond what would normally be conducted and
believe the cost we will incur to do this is part of the responsibility of
operating a successful, respected event that supports true athletic
USATF announced the "Zero Tolerance" anti-doping plan in 2003 with a focus
on increasing education, identifying athletes using performance enhancing
drugs and increasing punishments and fines for cheating athletes and their
"USA Track & Field is committed to playing a bigger role in how we
influence athletes and those around athletes to not make the tragic choice
to cheat," said USATF CEO Craig Masback. "We are pleased to see events
like the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon take these steps to help ensure a
level playing field for all athletes."
Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. is also host to the 2007 USA Masters Marathon
Men and Women Championships.