Thursday, December 06, 2012

Medtronic TCM Marathon Will Be 2013-14 USATF Championships: Medtronic TC Mile Will Host 2015-16 USATF Championships

The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon will crown the nation’s men’s and women’s marathon champions for the next two years.   The race was awarded the USA Men’s and Women’s Marathon Championships for 2013 and 2014 by USATF, the governing body of the sport in the United States.

Marathon organizer Twin Cities In Motion was also awarded the 2015 and 2016 USA Men’s and Women’s 1- Mile Road Championships which will take place in conjunction with the Medtronic TC 1 Mile contested on Nicollet Mall in the heart of downtown Minneapolis.

The 2013 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon will take place Sunday, October 6.  The Medtronic TC 1 Mile takes place each May.  The 2013 Medtronic TC 1 Mile, set for May 9, along with the 2014 Medtronic TC 1 Mile, will still feature professional fields and prize money in continued support of post-collegiate athletes.

The championship designations were awarded at the USA Track & Field Annual Meeting in Daytona Beach, Florida.  Twin Cities In Motion has a storied history of hosting national championships.  USA Marathon champions have been crowned at Twin Cities on nine occasions, beginning in 1986. 

The USA 1 Mile Road Championships originated with TCM and have been contested Minneapolis for the past four years.  Twin Cities In Motion has also played host to the USA 10 Mile Championships for men and/or women from 2007 until this fall. 

“We’re excited to know that national champions will be crowned at our finish lines for the next four years,” Twin Cities In Motion Executive Director Virginia Brophy Achman said.  “We’ve hosted national championship events for the past eight years, because we believe in the sport at all its distances.  We think national champions inspire first-time marathoners and vice-versa.”

A total prize purse of $145,000 will be on offer to USA Marathon Championships participants, including matching $25,000 checks for the men’s and women’s victors. The USA 1 Mile Championships in 2015 and 2016 will feature $25,000 prize purses.

Additionally, the USA Masters Marathon Championships, for athletes 40-years and older, have been held in conjunction with the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon since 1991 – with the event slated to host the championship through 2015.

Twin Cities In Motion will also host two 2013 Minnesota state road racing championships sanctioned by USA Track & Field – Minnesota.  The top Minnesota runners and teams will race for state titles at the Medtronic TC 1 Mile and the Medtronic TC 10 Mile.

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