FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jim Estes
LDR Programs Manager
(317) 261-0500 x315
Team USA Distance Project Announces
Twin Cities Marathon as Silver Sponsor
USA Track & Field has announced that the Twin Cities Marathon (TCM) has
signed on as a charter member of the Team USA Distance Project. TCM, which
hosted the recent USA Marathon Championships, has signed as a Silver Level
member for the next five years.
As a Silver Level member, the Twin Cities Marathon will provide financial
support for the Team USA Distance Project and Team USA training centers
around the country.
"We are excited that Twin Cities has stepped up to get this very important
ball rolling," said USA Track & Field President Bill Roe. "As more events
around the country realize the importance of developing new American long
distance running stars, we know that Twin Cities will be the first among
many. This funding will help us broaden our development program reaching
from the 5000 meters to the marathon."
A partnership of the Long Distance Running Division of USA Track & Field
and major U.S. events and running related corporations, the Team USA
Distance Project is devoted to sustaining the long-term development of
elite USA distance athletes, enabling them to compete successfully in
domestic and international competitions and major championship events. Team
USA Distance Center programs such as Team Running USA, Team USA Minnesota,
the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project and the Big Sur Distance Project have
made significant progress toward bolstering the strength of U.S. long
distance running. The newly expanded program will ensure that they are
supported through the next quadrennium.
With the new support of partners such as TCM, the Team USA Distance Project
will provide yearly funding to the existing network of Team USA Distance
Centers as well as support athlete and coaching summits leading to major
international competitions. This partnership will maintain a collective
commitment to developing athletes through the next Olympiad and beyond.
The current Team USA Distance Centers that will benefit from this support
are Team USA Minnesota, the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, the Big-Sur
Distance Project, Team Running USA and ZAP Fitness. Additional centers may
be named at a later time.
Find more Team USA Distance Project information at: USATF.org