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USATF Announces 2007 USA Running Circuit Schedule: US 8k and 10k Champs Are Back
by: LetsRun.com
January 3, 2007

USATF announced the 11 events that will be hosting its road national championships in 2007.

The good news is that the men's 8k championships and 10k championships are back on the schedule. The men's 8k champs took a one year hiatus in 2006, as the New York Road Runners hosted the USA XC Champs instead. The men's 2006 10k championships (Senior Bowl in Mobile, Al) was cancelled after initially being on the 2006 schedule. In 2007, the Peachtree Road Race, one of the most prestigious road races in the world, will host the US men's 10k championships.

The 2007 US Championship schedule ends with the biggest championship of the year, the men's Olympic Marathon Trials in New York, and its $250,000 payday. This men's marathon trials will be the first time the trials have been held in the fall of the year prior to the Olympics. (There was some concern with the Trials in 2007, there would not be a US men's championship in 2008, but it has been announced that the Twin Cities Marathon will host the USA men's marathon championship in 2008).

The Aramco Houston Half Marathon in 2007 has increased its US prize money by 42% from 2006 to $29,750 on both the men's and women's side. The Gate River Run also is increasing its prize money, while the New Alliance New Haven Road Race is decreasing its US money.

Date Race 2006 USA Money 2007 USA Money
Jan. 14

USA Half Marathon Championship- Aramco Houston Half-Marathon

$21,000 $29,750
Mar. 10 USA 15 km Championships- Gate River Run $23,500 $26,500
Mar. 17 USA 8k Champs New York, NY $30,000
April 16 USA Women's Marathon Champs- Boston Marathon $69,000 $70,000
May 12 USA 25 km Championships- Fifth Third Riverbank Run -Grand Rapids, MI $10,600 $10,600
July 4

USA Men's 10km Championship Peachtree Road Race Atlanta, Ga.

Sep. 3 USA 20 km Championships- New Alliance New Haven (CT) Road Race $19,000 $15,000
Sep. 16 USA 5 km Championships CVS Downtown 5k Providence, RI $15,000 $15,000
Oct. 7 USA Men's 10 Mile Championships- Medtronic 10 Mile Minneapolis, MN** $26,500 $25,000
Oct 8 USA Women's 10k Championship- Tufts 10k Boston, MA $23,000 $23,000
Nov. 3 USA Men's Olympic Marathon Trials, New York, NY $250,000

*Figures above from a compilation of the 2006 USATF USA Running Circuit Prize Page and the individual race prize pages. When we noticed discrepancies we went with the race prize page. With races with both men's and women's championships the prize money is only for 1 sex.
**In 2005, the US 10 Mile Championship for men was the Papa John's 10 miler in Louisville, KY.

*USATF Press Release on 2007 Circuit

editor's note: an earlier version of this story said the women's 8k championship was back in 2007. This is incorrect. The NYRR did host a 2005 8k women's championship but only the men's championship is being brought back this year.

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