Heather Kampf, Craig Miller to race for $25,000 Purse, $10,000 Event Record Bonuses
St. Paul, Minn.: April 13, 2015 - Hometown star Heather Kampf and University of Wisconsin alumnus Craig Miller will return to downtown Minneapolis hoping to repeat the USATF 1 Mile Road Championship and Medtronic TC 1 Mile victories each earned in 2012. The duo headline the USATF Championship fields racing for a $25,000 prize purse and a pair of $10,000 event record bonuses at the 2015 Medtronic TC 1 Mile on Thursday, May 14.
The event is expected to draw more than 3,000 runners to downtown Minneapolis for a full evening of racing. This year the event moves to a new course, starting near the Parade Athletic Fields, racing by the Basilica of St. Mary on Hennepin Avenue, and finishing in the heart of the Hennepin Avenue Theater District near the 6th Street intersection.
Kampf, a Rosemount native who won an NCAA title at the University of Minnesota and now trains with Team USA Minnesota, outran the Medtronic TC 1 Mile field in 2012 for her lone Medtronic TC 1 Mile victory and the first of two USA 1 Mile Road titles. In 2013, Kampf, who owns at 4:21.39 personal best for the mile, finished 3rd at the Medtronic TC 1 Mile. Last yearís event was cancelled due to severe weather.
In the 2012 menís race, Miller ran 4:04.3 against a headwind to claim his Medtronic TC 1 Mile and USA 1 Mile Road Championship victory. Miller, who sports a 3:53.1 personal best for the mile, finished 6th at the 2013 Medtronic TC 1 Mile. He is also a two-time winner of the Grandmaís Minnesota Mile in Duluth.
"Heather and Craig are important athletes in the history of this event and weíre thrilled to have them committed to running with us again," Twin Cities In Motion Executive Director Virginia Brophy Achman said. "Iím confident both of them can make a run at the $10,000 event record bonuses." The menís event record is 3:56.1 set by 2008 Olympic silver medalist Nick Willis in 2013. The womenís standard of 4:30.8 was established by Sara Hall also in 2011.
The USATF 1 Mile Road Championships return to the Medtronic TC 1 Mile for the first time since 2012, part of a two-year designation from the sportís governing body. USATF champions will earn $5,000 winnersí checks. The event is also a stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour which offers a $7,500 tour prize purse.
In the coming weeks, Twin Cities In Motion will note additions to the USATF Championship field and make other announcements about the event via its Twitter feed, @tcmarathon, or with additional media releases.
The Medtronic TC 1 Mile, organized by Twin Cities In Motion, features an evening of races for runners of all ages and abilities. Action kicks off at 6:50 p.m. CDT and culminates with the USATF Championship races at 7:54 p.m. (women) and 8:06 p.m. (men).
PHOTOS: Kampf and Miller at the 2012 Medtronic TC 1 Mile. Photos by Competitive Image.
About Twin Cities In Motion (TCM): Twin Cities In Motion organizes the regionís premier running events, including the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, a Top 10 U.S. Marathon. With a mission of promoting healthy lifestyles through running events and community outreach, TCM contributes a portion of every race dollar to local youth and professional athletes and helps raise more than $800,000 annually with its charity partners. For more information, visit us at TCMEvents.org, or find us on Facebook and on Twitter @tcmarathon.