Team USA Minnesota Signs Three Year Sponsorship Agreement With Twin Cities In Motion Through 2012
Minneapolis/St. Paul - April 7, 2010 - Team USA Minnesota has signed a three year agreement with Twin Cities In Motion, formerly Twin Cities Marathon, Inc., extending the silver level sponsorship through 2012. Although Twin Cities has been a sponsor since Team USA Minnesota was formed in 2001, this is the first time a three year arrangement has been developed.
Twin Cities In Motion is the non-profit organization that organizes running events throughout the year in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, including the Valentine's Day TC 5k, 100% Irish for a Day TC 5k and TC 10 Mile, Medtronic TC 1 Mile, Red White & Boom! TC Half Marathon, Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, Medtronic TC 10 Mile, TC5k, TC 10k and the Medtronic TC Family Events and Medtronic TC Kids Marathon program.
In 2010, the organization's 1 Mile event is the site of the USA 1 Mile Men's and Women's Championships on May 13, the 10 mile will host the USA Women's 10 Mile Championship on Oct. 3, and the marathon is the site of the USA Men's Marathon Championship, and USA Men's and Women's Masters Marathon Championships, also on Oct. 3.
"We are proud to continue our support of Team USA Minnesota," said Virginia Brophy Achman, executive director of Twin Cities In Motion. "This program's success has been a great model for other training centers. The resurgence and success among American distance runners is due in part to the efforts of the many athletes who have participated in this training program."
Since it was formed in 2001, Team USA Minnesota has developed an Olympian and 12 national champions in distances that include the 1500 meters, 3000 meters, 4k and 8k cross country, 10,000 meters, 10k, half marathon, 15k, 25k and marathon. Current team members include Jason Lehmkuhle, Matt Gabrielson, Antonio Vega, Josh Moen, Patrick Smyth, Katie McGregor, Kristen Nicolini, Michelle Frey, Emily Brown, Meghan Armstrong and Heather Dorniden. The athletes are coached by Dennis Barker.
"We truly appreciate the extension of the Twin Cities In Motion sponsorship which takes our team up through the next Olympic cycle in 2012," said Pat Goodwin, Team USA Minnesota founder and president. "This long-standing partnership has been to the benefit of American distance running and in particular to our local training center for distance runners. The security of this funding, along with our other sponsorships and grants, will enable us to add at least three athletes to our team this summer."