Equalizer Competition Again Matches Men versus Women for $10,000 Bonus
St. Paul, Minn. : September 28, 2017 - The USATF Men’s and Women’s 10 Mile Championships return to the Medtronic TC 10 Mile for the third year in a row on October 1, kicking off the Sunday racing at the 36th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend.
The race will draw three U.S. Olympians to the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul where a record prize purse of $96,950 is on offer, including a $12,000 winner’s check. In addition, the event will again feature the $10,000 “Equalizer Bonus” for the first USATF Champion - male or female - to cross the State Capitol grounds finish line. Competitors in the USATF Women’s Championship will be given a head start on the men.
Aliphine Tuliamuk (Santa Fe, N.M.), the 2016 women’s runner-up and current leader of the women’s USATF Running Circuit, returns to headline the women’s field, with 2016 fourth-place finisher Sara Hall (Big Bear, Calif.) and Natosha Rogers (Littleton, Colo.), this year’s USATF Half Marathon champion. 2012 Olympian Shalaya Kipp joins the talented field as well.
The men’s field will be driven by Leonard Korir (Colorado Springs, Colo.), current leader of the men’s USATF Running Circuit, a 2016 Olympian at 10,000 meters and a member of the Army World Class Athlete Program, Tim Ritchie (Boston, Mass.), third in last year’s race, and Martin Hehir (Flagstaff, Ariz.), the runner-up at this year’s Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon and fourth-place finisher at last year’s USATF 10 Mile Championships. Shadrack Kipchirchir (Colorado Springs, Colo.), also a member of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program and a 2016 Olympian in the 10,000 meters, is expected to challenge.
Find complete USATF Men’s and Women’s 10 Mile Championships fields on the USATF website here.
"We’re pleased to host such deep men’s and women’s 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 sizzle 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, September 29, with the Health & Fitness Expo at Saint Paul RiverCentre. The Expo, which runs through Saturday, September 30, features more than 100 exhibitors, a full schedule of presentations, and packet pick up for the weekend’s races. 30,000 people are expected to participate in running events held Saturday, September 30, and Sunday, October 1.
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 36th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.
About Twin Cities In Motion (TCM): Twin Cities In Motion organizes the region’s 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 $950,000 annually with its charity partners. For more information, visit us at TCMEvents.org, or find us on Facebook and on Twitter @tcmarathon.