There are definite signs of spring in Minnesota. The snow is melting, the days are getting longer and the Human Race takes place on Sunday. The 8k event has become the traditional start of both the spring racing season and the USATF Minnesota Team Circuit. If you are part of a racing team, be sure to take a look at the Circuit Rules for 2008. There have been a few changes.
Team USA Minnesota athletes Jason Lehmkuhle and Kristen Nicolini Lehmkuhle have been named as the event's Human Race Heroes for 2008. The Lehmkuhle's have designated the Jenny Crain Make It Happen Fund as their charity. Crain is an elite runner from Wisconsin who suffered serious head injuries when she was hit by a car during a training run last August. Please consider making a donation through the Human Race or directly to the fund.
Ed Whetham, the chairperson of USATF Minnesota's Long Distance Running committee, has announced that the Human Race will serve as a selection event for a spot at the USA 25k Championships. One male athlete will be selected to take part in the Association Athlete Development Program (AADP). The selected athlete will receive elite status (including lodging and travel assistance) at the Fifth Third River Bank Run on May 10, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information on the selection procedures, contact Whetham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
File photo by Pete Miller.