Ind. - U.S. Olympians Anthony Famiglietti (New York, N.Y.) and Amy
Rudolph (Providence, R.I.) lead the fields for this weekend's USA 5 km
Championships hosted by the CVS/pharmacy Downtown 5K in Providence,
R.I. Sunday's race will mark the fifth year that the CVS/pharmacy
Downtown 5K has hosted the USA 5 km Championships for men and the
second for women.
Famiglietti, a 2004 Olympian in
the 3,000 meter steeplechase, will look to improve his runner-up finish
at last year's championships to win his first USA road title but will
be tested by a list of challengers that includes past USA road
champions, former collegiate All-Americans and an American Record
Famiglietti's most serious challenges will
come from 25 km American Record holder Fernando Cabada (Bristol, Va.);
Team USA Minnesota's Andrew Carlson (St. Paul, Minn.); and former
Georgetown University star and Big East Conference 10,000 meter
champion Rod Koborsi (Washington,
Famiglietti comes into the championships with the fastest 5,000 meters
of the men's field at 13:24.47, Koborsi is close behind with a 13:26.65
personal best set earlier this summer. Carlson and Cabada are counting
on their respective bests of 13:32.71 and 13:34.94 to keep them in the
mix as well.
In the women's race, hometown favorite
Rudolph is set to defend the title she won last year but not without
challenges from runner-up Jenelle Deatherage (St. Louis Park, Minn.)
and her Team USA Minnesota teammate Carrie Tollefson (St. Paul, Minn.).
trio will also have to deal with heated competition from Sara Slattery
(Lafayette, Colo.), who finished second to Rudolph at the USA Outdoor
Track and Field Championships 10,000 in June. Slattery brings a 5,000
best of 15:08.32, the season fastest in the U.S. field. Team Running
USA athlete and two-time NCAA 5,000 meter runner-up Sara Hall
(Woodside, Calif.) should also be in contention for the title, with a
season best of 15:20.88.
Downtown 5K features $30,000 in championship prize money with $5,000
going to the respective men's and women's U.S. champions. The event
also offers prize money in the open division that features defending
women's champion Olga Kravtsova of Belarus and men's champion Mohamed
Amyn of Morocco.
The CVS/pharmacy Downtown 5K is
the sixth stop for men and the fifth for women on the 2006 USA Running
Circuit (USARC). 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 twelfth edition for the men and
eleventh for the women, the 2006 circuit has eight 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
($6000, $4000, and $2500) for the top three men and women point scorers
overall. The USARC points at the USA Marathon Championships will be
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 2006 USARC and USA 20 km Championships visit www.usatf.org.