Team USA Minnesota, the elite distance running training group based in the Twin Cities, and USA Track & Field - Minnesota, the governing body of the sport in the state, have earned a $50,000 Excellence Challenge Grant from USA Track & Field.
According to the USATF media release, HERE, the funds will be used to develop a web-site and establish a professional distance running camp in Minneapolis.
Grant winners were chosen based on a demonstration of their ongoing support of USATF's strategic plan. Other organizations earning grants were the Randall's Island Sports Foundation in New York and the USATF Masters Track & Field Committee.
"These investments will support the forward movement of track & field," USATF President and Chairman of the Board Stephanie Hightower said. "As a board, we are excited about being able to award the folks on the front line who are improving and advancing excellence in our sport."
Excellence Challenge Grants were established at the 2009 USATF Annual Meeting to support the advancement of performance excellence in five specific areas: Race Walking, Youth, Masters, Long Distance Running and Disabled Athlete Programs.