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Posted: September 9, 2015:  

Athletics: Stateís Fastest Marathoners to Race at Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon

Equalizer Competition to Match Men versus Women for $10,000 Bonus

St. Paul, Minn.: September 8, 2015 - After a two year absence, the USATF Menís and Womenís 10 Mile Championships return to the Medtronic TC 10 Mile on October 4, kicking off the Sunday racing at the 34th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend.

The race will draw four U.S. Olympians to the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul where a record prize purse of $81,000 is on offer, including a $12,000 winnerís check. In addition, the event will again feature the $10,000 "Equalizer Bonus" for the first USATF Champion Ė male or female Ė to cross the State Capitol grounds finish line. Competitors in the USATF Womenís Championship will be given a head start on the men.

Olympian Janet Bawcom (Flagstaff, Ariz.), the 2011 and 2012 Medtronic TC 10 Mile champion and the runner-up at yesterdayís USATF 20K Championships in New Haven, Conn headlines the womenís field which also includes 2014 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon third-place finisher Brianne Nelson (Golden, Colo.), who finished third at the USATF 20K, reigning USATF Cross Country champion Laura Thweatt, and eight-time NCAA Division II champion Neely Spence Gracey (Boulder, Colo.), the fourth-place finisher in New Haven.

The menís field will be powered by Abdi Abdirahman (Tucson, Ariz.), the Medtronic TC 10 Mile menís record holder and a four-time Olympian, Dathan Ritzenhein (Belmont, Mich.), a three-time Olympian who finished ninth in the marathon in Beijing, and Matt Tegenkamp (Portland, Ore.), a two-time Olympian who is one of only six American men to have broken 13 minutes for 5,000 meters.

Other male athletes of note include 2014 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon champion Tyler Pennel, 2015 USATF 20K, 25K, and marathon champion Jared Ward, and 2015 USATF 20 K runner-up Sam Chelanga, the Kenyan-born four-time NCAA champion who recently gained U.S. citizenship. Find complete USATF Menís and Womenís 10 Mile Championships fields on the USATF website here.

"Weíre honored to host such deep menís and womenís USATF Championships fields at the Medtronic TC 10 Mile this year," Twin Cities In Motion Executive Director Virginia Brophy Achman said. "The presence of Olympians in the fields gives the event added buzz both among the professional runners and for the citizen runners sharing the starting area with them."

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend kicks off on Friday, October 2 with the Health & Fitness Expo at Saint Paul RiverCentre. The Expo, which runs through Saturday, October 3, features more than 100 exhibitors, a full schedule of presentations, and packet pick up for the weekendís races. 30,000 people are expected to participate in running events held Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4.

The Saturday Events at the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul include the TC 10K, TC 5K, presented by Fredrikson & Byron, and the Medtronic TC Family Events. The Medtronic TC 10 Mile kicks off Sunday racing and is followed by the signature event of the weekend, the 34th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. For the 25th straight year, the marathon will host the USATF Masters Marathon Championships for runners 40 and older.

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

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