American Distance Project’s Augustus Maiyo, Robert Cheseret, Joseph Chirlee to Compete at Sunday’s Army Ten Miler

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by: American Distance Project
October 19, 2012

(Colorado Springs, CO) Both the US Army WCAP and the All-Army teams will be competing in the Army 10-miler in Washington D.C. on Sunday. Representing the World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) will be Augustus Maiyo, fresh off his 15th-place finish at the IAAF World 1/2 Marathon Championships; Robert Cheseret, who finished 5th and 3rd, respectively this fall in the US 20k and US 5k championships; Joseph Chirlee, who was 4th at the US 20k; and Kyle Heath, who will competing for the first time the fall. Competing on the All-Army team will be Edwin Sang and Kenny Foster.

While the soldiers will be competing across the country, other ADP members will be competing at home where Colorado Springs hosts the USA Track & Field Colorado Association Cross Country Champions. Representing the adidas/Boulder Running Company will be Brandon Birdsong, Sean Brown, Mack McLain, Matt Levassiur, Stephanie Bylander, Mattie Suver, Christie Foster and Brianne Nelson, while Anthony Mallory will be competing unattached.


USOC Physiologist Dr. Randy Wilber Added To American Distance Summit Lecture Staff; USATF Offers Level 3 Credit

(Charlotte, NC) – Dr. Randy Wilber, Senior Sports Physiologist of the US Olympic Committee, has been added to the lecture staff at the ADP American Distance Summit to be held in Charlotte, NC, January 5-6, 2013. The fifth year edition of the Summit will have a focus on middle distance events and Wilber will join featured coaches Frank “Gags” Gagliano and Ryan Ponsonby, as well as Bart Sessa.

Wilber, who is widely recognized for his research, lecturing and publishing, will present on the topic of “Overtraining: Causes, Recognition and Prevention.” Gagliano, a legend in the sport, is currently the coach of the New Jersey/New York Track Club and formerly headed up the resurgent Oregon Track Club. A few of his current and former charges include Olympians Nick Symmonds (800), Jullie Cullie (5k), Erin Donohue (1500), Christian Smith (800) and Nicole Teter (800).

Ryan Ponsonby, coaching for the Austin Track Club alongside legendary coach John Cook, is a brilliant young coach who guided Leonel Manzano to the Silver Medal in the 1500m at the 2012 London Olympics, while Bart Sessa is the long-time coach at Syosset High School (N.Y.) where his 2005 4×800-meter team won the Penn Relays Championship of America and broke the National High School Indoor Record for that event.

As part of its Coaching Education Program, USA Track & Field has recognized the American Distance Summit as a Level 3 school, granting attendees credit toward their Level 3 certification. For details and to register, log on to


The American Distance Project is a non-profit organization whose primary goal is the development of American distance runners to be internationally competitive. The ADP is located on the front range of the Rocky Mountains, taking advantage of incredible training resources in and around Colorado Springs and Woodland Park. The ADP is coached by Renato Canova and Scott Simmons. For more information, visit

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