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Posted: February 6, 2013  

Athletics: 2013 USA Masters 15 km Championships Awarded to Tulsa

INDIANAPOLIS - USA Track and Field and the Tulsa Sports Commission announced a five-year agreement that will bring the USA Masters 15 km Championships to Tulsa from 2013-2017. The championships will be a part of the historical Tulsa Run, a more than 35-year tradition that annually brings thousands to Downtown Tulsa the last Saturday of October.

"A year ago, the Tulsa Sports Commission was named race management of the Tulsa Run. We made it our mission to enhance Tulsa's favorite run, and to expand on the prestige and history the Tulsa Run holds," said Ray Hoyt, Senior Vice President of VisitTulsa and the Tulsa Sports Commission. "Now, a year later, we're excited to announce the USA Track and Field Masters 15 km Championships will be held on race day, Oct. 26, 2013, and in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, bringing some of the nation's top runners to the region and boosting the Tulsa Run's competition set."

More than 8,000 participants ran in last year's Tulsa Run, including athletic talent from around the globe. Tulsa has a strong history of hosting premier athletic events including NCAA basketball, golf and tennis championships, Men's World League Volleyball, the PGA championships, Conference USA championships and much more.

"The Tulsa Run has a history of excellence and USATF Masters Long Distance Running Committee is proud to work with their outstanding staff in offering the USA Masters 15 km Championship," said committee chair Don Lein. "We are certain that our runners will experience a challenging, yet professionally run event in a city that welcomes them."

For more information on the Tulsa Sports Commission, go to TulsaSports.org. For more information on the Tulsa Run, go to TulsaRun.com.

About the Tulsa Sports Commission

The Tulsa Sports Commission, a founding member of the National Association of Sports Commissions, is a division of the Tulsa Regional Chamber and supports the Chamber's mission to improve the quality of community life through the development of economic prosperity by attracting and developing sporting events and competitions in the region.

The Tulsa Sports Commission created nearly $57 million in economic impact in 2012, attracting more than 40,000 visitors to the area for events like the USA BMX Grand Nationals, the AC Milan Heartland Cup, the Tulsa Run and the USA Gymnastics Trampoline and Tumbling US Elite Challenge. In 2013, the TSC will host the Bassmaster Classic, the NCAA Women's Golf Championship Finals, the USA Track and Field Masters 15 km Championships and much more.

About USA Track & Field

USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, the World's #1 Track & Field Team, the most-watched events at the Olympics, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport, and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States: USATF.org.

From:Katie Branham
Communications Manager
USA Track & Field

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