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Cabada Takes US Marathon Title, McGregor Women’s US 10M Title

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Fernando Cabada (Boulder, Colo.) topped
a competitive men’s field to win the USA Men’s Marathon Championship in
2:16:32 at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Sunday in Minneapolis,
Minn. The weekend’s events also included the USA Women’s 10 Mile
Championship where 2008 Olympian and 2007 World Outdoor 10,000m bronze
medalist Kara Goucher (Portland, Ore.) cruised to her first USA road title in 53:44.

The
weather turned out to be a major factor in the race for Cabada and the
field as light showers turned to a driving rain at eight miles to
combine with light winds and 48 degree temperatures that quickly
chilled the air in the middle miles of the race.

Nearly 30 men passed the first mile in a leisurely 5:30 when Chris Lundstrom (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Justin Young (Boulder, Colo.) took charge and pulled the field through the next two miles in 5:20 and 4:50.

At four miles Simon Sawe (Santa Fe, N.M.) and Celedonio Rodriguez
(Flagstaff, Ariz.) joined the leaders to share the pacing duties in an
attempt to keep the pace honest. However, the worsening conditions
caused the leaders to maintain caution.

At 14
miles, Cabada, the American Record holder at 25 km moved to the front
of the lead pack where he waited to make his move which came on a short
uphill just before 18 miles. By 19 miles he had opened a 60 meter lead
which would grow to 1:07 by the finish despite being on his own to
battle the wind and rain.

Behind Cabada, Rodriguez and Sawe looked to be on their own to fight for second and third but Mike Morgan (Rochester Hills, Mich.) overtook the pair just past the 21 mile mark and although he seemed to have momentum on his side, Ed Torres (Boulder, Colo.) and Matt Gabrielson (Minneapolis, Minn.) were on the move, steadily closing the gap to eventually pass Morgan during the last mile.

Gabrielson
won the duel for second, running 2:17:38 to finish 16 seconds ahead of
Torres. Morgan held on to finish fourth in 2:17:54 and Mike Sayenko
(Bellevue, Wash.) moved up to finish fifth in 2:19:18. Additionally,
the championship offered a one-day qualifying opportunity for the 2012
Olympic Trials Marathon with the top-ten men meeting the qualifying
standards.

Cabada and Gabrielson also earned
berths on the U.S. team for the 2009 IAAF World Championships marathon
in Berlin, Germany next August.

The Medtronic
Twin Cities Marathon offered a prize purse for the 2008 USA Men’s
Marathon Championship of $72,500 with Cabada earning $25,000 for the
win, plus an additional $7,000 in incentives and bonuses.

Women’s 10 Mile Championship

With
a 7:05 a.m. start, the Medtronic TC 10 Mile field managed to stay ahead
of the weather that would plague the marathon, providing more favorable
conditions for the USA Women’s 10 Mile Championship with an
invitation-only women’s wave start.

As anticipated Goucher and hometown favorite Katie McGregor
(St. Louis Park, Minn.) made their way to the front early. Going
through an aid station near three miles, Goucher went to take water and
unexpectedly found herself alone in the lead but maintained the tempo
to carry on to a 1:48 win and a new course record.

McGregor easily took second in 55:04 and Kelly Liljeblad (Niwot, Colo.) rounded out the top-three in 57:06.

The championship offered a total of $25,000 in prize money with Goucher earning $10,000 for the win.

Masters Marathon

For the 18th consecutive year, the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon hosted the USA Masters Marathon Championship where Dennis Simonaitis (Draper, Utah) won his second masters marathon title in 2:27:23 over Carl Rundell (Birmingham, Mich.) by 44 seconds. Defending champion Tracy Lokken (Marquette, Mich.) finished third in 2:30:24.

The women’s masters division was won by Susan Empey (Mercer Island, Wash.) in 2:50:05 with Meghan Arbogast (Corvallis, Ore.) taking second in 2:51:34 and Doreen McCourbrie (Malvern, Pa.), taking third in 2:53:29.

The USA Masters Marathon Championships offered over $50,000 in prize money with Simonaitis and Empey earning $7,500 each.

About the USARC

The
USA Men’s Marathon Championship, hosted by the Medtronic Twin Cities
Marathon was the final stop for men, and the USA Women’s 10 Mile
Championships was the eighth stop for women on the 2008 USA Running
Circuit (USARC). Cabada’s win in the marathon moved him from third to
take the circuit title with 65 points. Deena Kastor currently leads the women with 45 points.

The
USARC is a USA Track & Field road series that features USA
Championships from 5 km to the marathon and attracts the best U.S.
distance runners. The thirteenth edition for the men and twelfth for
the women, the 2008 circuit has nine events for men and seven events
for women.

The first ten U.S. runners earn
points at each USARC race (15 for first, 12 for second, 10 for third,
7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), with a final $12,500 grand prix purse ($6,000,
$4,000, and $2,500) for the top three men and women point scorers
overall. The USARC points at the USA Marathon Championships will be
doubled.

The mission of the USA Running Circuit is
to showcase, support, and promote U.S. runners. Since its inception in
1995, the USARC and its races have provided over $4 million dollars to
U.S. distance runners.

For more information on the 2008 USARC visit www.usatf.org.

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