(Colorado Springs, CO) - The American Distance Project was awarded the 5th annual Allan Steinfeld Development Award at Running USA's Hall of Champions Dinner & Auction presented by the Competitor Group Monday night in San Diego, CA at the trade industry's annual meeting. The award, named after Allan Steinfeld who as the head of the New York Road Runners in 2000 helped spur the resurgence of American distance running, also includes a $25,000 grant funded by the night's auction.
"The American Distance Project represents exactly why Running USA created the Allan Steinfeld Development Award: to support and promote talented U.S. athletes. It was a great pleasure recognizing their dedication to be the best and presenting them with the $25,000 grant," said Rich Harshbarger, Running USA CEO.
The Colorado Springs based American Distance Project, founded in 2011, has grown both in number of athletes and in national and international prominence. Sixteen of the ADP's 25 athletes are U.S. Olympic Trials and USA Championship qualifying athletes. In 2013, twelve ADP athletes were ranked either nationally or in the world in their events by Track & Field News and, to-date, ADP distance runners have competed on Team USA in international competitions seventeen times.
ADP Set For Big Weekend At Millrose Games, US Cross Country Championships and Japan 30k
(Colorado Springs, CO) - American Distance Project athletes are preparing for a big weekend of competition both nationally and internationally. On the east coast, Betsy Saina (Nike) will be the sole entrant in the women's 3,000-meters at the prestigious Millrose Games held in New York City on Saturday. Saina will face a loaded field including Olympian Kim Conley and NCAA cross country champion Abbey D'Agostino. Fans can watch the action live on both television on NBCSN at 3:00pm ET or on the internet at USATF.tv from 5-7:00pm.
The ADP will not have to travel far for the US Cross Country Championships also being held on Saturday and hosted in Boulder, Colorado. Athletes expected to compete include Alisha Williams, Mattie Suver, Rochelle Kanuho, Christy Foster, and Adrian Neal all of adidas/BRC. 2013 US National Club Cross Country champion Joe Gray (Scott Sports) will also be lining up along with Brandon Birdsong and Mack McLain representing adidas/BRC, Hillary Bor and Edwin Sang of All-Army, and Tommy Neal (Novo Nordisk/Team Type 1). Fans can follow the action of the senior men's 12k and the senior women's 8k races online at Usatf.tv starting at 11:30am MT.
On the other side of the world, Daniel Tapia (Mizuno) has been invited to compete in the Ohme-Hochi 30k in Ome, Japan, based on his finish as the second American at last year's Boston Marathon, while back home Anthony Mallory with run the mile at the University of Washington's Husky Invitational in Seattle which can be viewed on Flotrack Pro.
About American Distance Project
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. For more information, visit AmericanDistanceProject.com.