Team USA Minnesota News
Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf and Gabriele Grunewald will be among the participants in the women’s field at the third annual GNC Live Well Liberty Mile in downtown Pittsburgh on August 1. Kampf is the two-time returning champion for the evening race while Grunewald will make her second appearance, having finished runner-up in 2012.
Kampf has a best in the road mile of 4:21.39 which she set at the Ryan Shay Mile last weekend. Grunewald has also posted 4:21.3 in the road mile, a mark she achieved in winning Grandma’s Minnesota Mile in 2013. At the USA Outdoor Championships in June, Grunewald placed fifth in the 1500 meters while Kampf crossed the finish line in sixth. Both are also national champions, with Kampf a two-time USA 1 Mile Road champion in 2012 and 2014, and Grunewald a USA Indoor 3000 meter champion in 2014.
“This is a highly competitive field and I have a ton of respect for the ladies I will be competing with,” said Kampf, who is the two-time defending champion at the Liberty Mile. Her time in last year’s race was 4:32.
The third annual Liberty Mile features a new American Development Program Pro Mile with professionals competing for $20,000 in prize money. The Liberty Mile is also the fourth stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2014.
Ryan Shay Mile – July 26
Heather Kampf achieved a three-peat at the seventh annual invitation only Ryan Shay Mile by clocking 4:21.39 for the win. She also broke her old course record of 4:30.9 and set a personal best on the roads with her time (previous best on the roads was 4:27.1). The event was held in Charlevoix, Michigan, on July 26.
USA 7 Mile Championships – July 26
Jon Peterson had a break-out performance at the USA 7 Mile Championships and finished fifth with a time of 33:54 in the race held in conjunction with the 40th edition of the Quad-City Times Bix 7 in Davenport, Iowa, on July 26. Also competing was Eric Finan who was 19th with a time of 35:50.
Team USA Minnesota is based in the Twin Cities. Formed in 2001, the purpose of the training center is to improve the competitiveness of post-collegiate American distance running and to develop Olympians. Twin Cities In Motion is a major sponsor of the program.
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