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Katie McGregor to Run 10,000m at World Outdoor Championships in Berlin Aug. 15; Emily Brown, Antonio Vega to Compete in NYC Half

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08/12/2009 - 14:50

10_teamusamn_logo.gifMinneapolis/St. Paul - Aug. 11, 2009 - Team USA Minnesota's Katie McGregor will be among the competitors in the women's 10,000 meter race at the 2009 IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Aug. 15. The race is on the first day of Worlds, which begins on the 15th and concludes on Aug. 23 in Berlin, Germany. (NBC will televise the opening day's events from 12-2 p.m. Central time on Saturday).

This is the third time McGregor has qualified for a spot on the Team USA roster having previously competed at Worlds in the 10,000 meters in 2005 and 2007. She earned her spot for the 12th edition of the World Championships by finishing third in the 10,000 at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in June.

Back in the United States, teammates Emily Brown and Antonio Vega will run in the fourth annual New York City Half Marathon on Aug. 16. The race features a top professional field along with 10,000 recreational runners who will run through the streets of Manhatten. The course starts in Central Park, goes by Times Square and ends with a view of the Statue of Liberty. The prize purse for the race is $70,000 with first place for men and women each $10,000.

Brown will be making her half marathon debut at the event. Her longest race to date has been a 10 miler. In March she placed third at the USA 15k Championships with a time of 50:03. Earlier this year, Brown won the women's 8k race at the USA Cross Country Championships.

This will be Vega's second appearance at the NYC Half Marathon, having made his debut in the distance at the race in 2008. In January, he placed seventh at the USA Half Marathon Championships with a personal best time of 1:02:55. Vega's competitions this year also include a sixth place finish at the USA 25k Championships in May and fifth place at the USA 7 Mile Championships in July.

About Team USA Minnesota
Team USA Minnesota is based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Formed in 2001, the purpose of the training center is to improve post-collegiate American distance running and to develop Olympians. The athletes are coached by Dennis Barker, head cross country and track coach at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Team USA Minnesota's major sponsor is Life Time Fitness (www.lifetimefitness.com) and its silver sponsor is the Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. (www.mtcmarathon.org). It is also supported by the New York Road Runners and the USA Distance Project. For more information, visit the web site at www.teamusaminnesota.org.

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