- April 10, 2004 at 5:45 pm #1391
USATF LDR Athlete News #1, April 2004
1) AADP Opportunity at the Fifth Third River Bank 25K
2) U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials Recap
AADP Opportunity at the Fifth Third River Bank 25K, USA Championship
The Association Athlete Development Program (AADP) has a stated goal of
developing the next generation of GREAT American marathoners and long
distance runners. The Fifth Third River Bank Run 25K is once again
supporting American distance running by offering qualified individuals
the opportunity to receive partial funding to this year’s edition of the
race. The River Bank Run – to be held on May 8 in Grand Rapids, Michigan
– has served as the USA Men’s & Women’s Championships for many years and
is part of the 2004 USA Running Circuit.
Qualified athletes will receive $150 in travel stipends, ground
transportation, shared housing, waived seeded entry and meal allotment.
One spot remains for the men and three slots remain for the women.
Interested male athletes should contact Charlie Mahler at:
Interested female athletes can contact either Kim Keenan-Kirkpatrick at:
or Will Lindgren at:
This is a wonderful opportunity to compete with some of America’s finest
distance runners at a great event.
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2004 U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials Recap
What a difference a quadrennium makes. Four years ago, the U.S. fielded
only two entrants – Trials champions Rod DeHaven and Chris Clark – for
the Olympic Marathon. Four years later, the U.S., after Saturday’s
exciting U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials, will send a complete
marathon team (three men and three women) to Athens this August.
And with five past Olympians, this team is arguably one of the best that
the United States has qualified for the Summer Games. Alan Culpepper,
Keflezighi and Dan Browne earned trips to Greece last February in
Birmingham, Alabama, while Colleen De Reuck, Deena Kastor and Jen Rhines
punched their Olympic tickets over the weekend in St. Louis.
Over a criterium course in Forest Park, the women’s Trials race produced
plenty of drama and plot twists as Blake Russell tried to steal the race
from the start, but was overcome by Trials favorite Kastor who took
control of the race after 18 miles and later lost it at 24 miles to De
Reuck who was seeking redemption from last year’s “crash and burn” here
at the USA Championship and finally, Rhines who passed Russell at 26
miles put together the marathon everybody in the sport expected of her.
FOR THE RECORD
With her 2:28:25, De Reuck set a Trials record (previous record by
Margaret Groos, 2:29:50 at Pittsburgh in 1988). In addition, the Boulder,
Colorado resident who turns 40 on April 13 became the oldest female U.S.
marathon champion and Olympic marathon team member.
For the first time at the same Women’s OMT, three women ran sub-2:30,
overall their performances, 2:28:25 (De Reuck), 2:29:38 (Kastor) and
2:29:57 (Rhines) rank #1, #2 and #5 all-time at the Trials. Further, the
top 7 finishers recorded the fastest times for place at the OMT. In
addition, 26 Trials finishers set personal records (and 12 of the top 20)
with Rhines registering the biggest time improvement (11 minutes and 19
Full Trials results and more at:
At St. Louis, Bev Docherty, 45, of St. Paul, Minnesota became the first
six-time Olympic Marathon Trials finisher in history (male or female).
Below are her Trials finishing times and places.
1984 = 2:45:33, 68th
1988 = 2:50:00, 82nd
1992 = 2:54:19, 57th
1996 = 2:59:33, 114th
2000 = 2:54:46, 72nd
2004 = 2:52:21, 68th
The U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials also served as a national
championship race and thus, as part of the 2004 USA Running Circuit, a
USA Track & Field road racing series featuring USA Championships from 5K
to the marathon, valuable Circuit points also were at stake.
At each USARC race, the first ten U.S. runners earn points (15 points
first, 12 for second, 10 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), and Circuit
points at the USA Marathon Championships will be doubled. With her
win (worth 30 points), De Reuck holds the #1 spot with 45 points
by Kastor (24 points) and Rhines (20 points). The next Women’s USARC
is the Fifth Third River Bank 25K on May 8 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The 2004 USARC offers a record $818,700 in guaranteed prize money with a
final $12,500 grand prix purse ($6000, $4000 and $2500) for the top
men and women point scorers overall.
Current USARC standings and more at:
Finally, like Birmingham for the men, the city of St. Louis embraced the
U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials and the athletes who performed well before
supportive crowds in Forest Park. Congratulations to Nancy Lieberman and
Dave McGillivray and their staffs who together produced such a memorable
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