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Allan Steinfeld Development Award (2010-14)


The $25,000 training group development award was named after Allan Steinfeld, a long-time leader in the sport, who jump-started the U.S. distance running resurgence when as head of the New York Road Runners he allocated $20,000 seed money ($1 per U.S. entry at the 2000 New York City Marathon) for the development program Team USA Distance Running. The team development program, launched in November 2000, produced training groups such as Team Running USA (two Olympic medals in 2004 and major marathon wins) and Team USA Minnesota and inspired the formation of others.

 

2010 Team USA Minnesota

Inaugural award honors Steinfeld for his contribution to the U.S. distance running resurgence since 2001

CARLSBAD, Calif. - (February 1, 2010) - Team USA Minnesota was selected for the inaugural Allan Steinfeld Development Award during the Hall of Champions Dinner and Live Auction on Monday evening at the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California. The dinner and auction presented by ING is part of Running USA 2010: The Industry Conference.

The development award was named after Allan Steinfeld, a long-time leader in the sport, who jump-started the U.S. distance running resurgence when as head of the New York Road Runners he allocated $20,000 seed money ($1 per U.S. entry at the 2000 New York City Marathon) for the development program Team USA Distance Running launched in November 2000 that produced training groups such as Team Running USA (two Olympic medals in 2004 and major marathon wins) and Team USA Minnesota and inspired others.

"Naming this award for Allan Steinfeld is fitting as Allan was instrumental in helping create the foundation and environment that led to the successes of America's top distance runners over the past nine years. Since our inception in March 1999, part of Running USA's mission has included athlete development and this annual award will continue that important support and promotion, and Team USA Minnesota, which is entering its 10th year of operation, is a deserving recipient," said Susan Weeks, Running USA CEO.

"We are honored to be selected for this inaugural award created by Running USA," said Team USA Minnesota president and founder, Pat Goodwin. "This recognition is a tribute to our athletes, our volunteer board, our local and national sponsors, and to Coach Dennis Barker. We truly appreciate Running USA's confidence in our program as well as the additional funding this award provides to our training center."

Team USA Minnesota includes: Katie McGregor, Matt Gabrielson, Kristen Nicolini Lehmkuhle, Jason Lehmkuhle, Emily Brown, Antonio Vega, Michelle Frey, Josh Moen, Meghan Armstrong, Heather Dorniden, Patrick Smyth and coach Dennis Barker.

Last fall, established U.S. distance training groups were invited to apply for 2010 funding, and at its annual conference, Running USA, the national industry non-profit organization, will award $25,000 from its live and silent auction proceeds to Team USA Minnesota who was represented and feted at the Hall of Champions dinner.

Six U.S. distance training groups - Bay Area Track Club, Mammoth Track Club, McMillan Elite, TeamROGUE Elite, Team USA Minnesota and ZAP Fitness - applied for the 2010 development award.

About Team USA Minnesota
Team USA Minnesota is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis / St. Paul. The training center brings together local and national resources to improve the competitiveness of post-collegiate American distance runners on the track, roads and cross country. Team USA Minnesota was formed in 2001 and since that time has developed an Olympian and 11 national champions in events ranging from the 1500 meters up through the marathon. For more information, go to: www.teamusaminnesota.org

About Running USA
Running USA advances, serves, promotes and celebrates the sport of running as a clearinghouse and resource center and though its popular annual conference, Running USA wire, Running USA E-News, website, annual marathon and State of the Sport reports and youth fitness portal RunningRocks.com and by supporting athlete development.

Running USA's more than 260 members include road races, race services companies, running-related media companies and organizations and the athletic industry.

In March 2009, the non-profit industry organization marked a decade of achievement to build and promote the sport. For more information, visit: RunningUSA.org or contact Ryan Lamppa at (805) 696-6232 or ryan@runningusa.org

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2011 Team USA Arizona

Team USA Arizona wins Allan Steinfeld Development Award; Hall of Champions inductees Dr. Ken Cooper and Creigh Kelley; tribute to Cascade Run Off highlight event

SAN ANTONIO - (February 14, 2011) - At the Running USA Hall of Champions Dinner and Live Auction on Monday evening at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, the sport was celebrated and feted with the Allan Steinfeld Development Award, two Hall of Champions inductees and a tribute to the Cascade Run Off. The evening was part of Running USA 2011: The Industry Conference which opened to record registration on Sunday, February 13 in the Alamo City.

Team USA Arizona, based at altitude in Flagstaff, was announced as the second Allan Steinfeld Development Award winner. The development award was named after Allan Steinfeld, a long-time leader in the sport, who jump-started the U.S. distance running resurgence when as head of the New York Road Runners he allocated $20,000 seed money ($1 per U.S. entry at the 2000 New York City Marathon) for the development program Team USA Distance Running launched in November 2000 that produced training groups such as Team Running USA (two Olympic medals in 2004 and major marathon wins) and Team USA Minnesota (winner of the inaugural development award) and inspired others.

"Team USA Arizona with its youth and talent is a perfect choice for our training group development award. They represent the future of U.S. distance running, and we look forward to their continued successes as the 2012 Olympics near," said Susan Weeks, Running USA CEO.

"If we've learned one thing from the resurgence of U.S. distance running over the last 10 years, it's that all our Olympic hopefuls need is opportunity. Running USA's ongoing support of training groups through the Allan Steinfeld Development Award allows more and more opportunities for our deserving emerging elite athletes," said Greg McMillan, Team USA Arizona head coach and founder. "We are honored to receive this award which will help us continue to provide opportunities for a new generation of U.S. distance runners."

The 17-member Team USA Arizona, with an average age of just 25, includes 10 women (Lindsay Allen, Erin Bedell, Alvina Begay, Danielle Domenichelli, Megan Duwell, Emily Harrison, Shayla Houlihan, Natasha LaBeaud, Stephanie Rothstein and Jaime Winslow) and 7 men (Marco Anzures, Nick Arciniaga, Fasil Bizuneh, Aaron Braun, Brett Gotcher, Jordan Horn and Scott Smith). Gotcher and Rothstein currently have the fourth fastest U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials 2012 qualifier times. For more information, go to: www.teamusaarizona.com

In addition, at the Monday evening awards banquet and live auction, the eighth class of the Running USA Hall of Champions was recognized for their contribution and dedication to the sport. The 2011 inductees were:

  • Dr. Ken Cooper (Dallas, TX), best-selling author / researcher / pioneer / "father of aerobics"
  • Creigh Kelley (Englewood, CO), race organizer / announcer / administrator / volunteer

The evening also included a tribute to the Cascade Run Off and the 30th anniversary of its awarding of Open prize money, the first such "over the table" money for a major U.S. road race. This historic event led to the professionalization of the sport. At the tribute, race founder Chuck Galford, race coordinator Keith Peters and 1981 women's winner Anne Audain represented and celebrated the 15K race. Later a quilt made of past race shirts was auctioned for $2500.

Overall, the conference's silent and live auctions raised more than $53,000 for Team USA Arizona and other Running USA programs.

For more information on Running USA 2011, visit: RunningUSA.org or contact Ryan Lamppa at (805) 696-6232 or ryan@runningusa.org

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2012 Mammoth Track Club

Mammoth Track Club third Allan Steinfeld Development Award recipient; Joan Benoit Samuelson inducted into Hall of Champions

HOUSTON - (January 15, 2012) - At the Running USA Hall of Champions Dinner and Live Auction on Sunday evening at the Hyatt Regency Houston, distance running was celebrated and honored with the third Allan Steinfeld Development Award winner, one Hall of Champions inductee and a lively auction. The fun evening presented by Competitor Group was part of Running USA 2012: The Industry Conference, and the 9th edition with the theme "Passing the Torch: Running Toward the Future" opened to a record registration of more than 450 attendees in the Bayou City.

The Mammoth Track Club, based at altitude in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., was announced as the third Allan Steinfeld Development Award winner. The development award was named after Allan Steinfeld, a long-time leader in the sport, who jump-started the U.S. distance running resurgence when as head of the New York Road Runners he allocated $20,000 seed money ($1 per U.S. entry at the 2000 New York City Marathon) for the development program Team USA Distance Running. The team development program, launched in November 2000, produced training groups such as Team Running USA (two Olympic medals in 2004 and major marathon wins) and Team USA Minnesota (winner of the inaugural development award) and inspired the formation of others.

"Since 2001, the Mammoth Track Club has led the U.S. distance running resurgence and inspired other training groups and U.S. athletes to train hard and dream big. We applaud and salute their impressive achievements and running passion, and collectively we look forward to their continued success during this Olympic year and beyond," said Susan Weeks, Running USA CEO.

"All of us at the Mammoth Track Club are extremely excited to be granted the Allan Steinfeld Development Award for 2012. Allan and the entire Running USA organization are visionaries in the world of long distance running. The work that they have done over the past 12 years is hugely responsible for the resurgence of American distance running. Without the generosity of this organization and their members, groups like the Mammoth Track Club would not be in existence today," said Terrence Mahon, Mammoth Track Club head coach and founder.

"This grant award will allow us to keep pushing the level of American running to new heights. Thank you so much for your support and belief in the Mammoth Track Club. There are so many great running centers around the country right now, so for us to win this award means a lot to the athletes and coaches that are working tirelessly every day. Thanks again for your support," Mahon added.

The Mammoth Track Club, Team Running USA until 2009, has been the most decorated and successful group of U.S. distance runners over the past decade-plus. Since 2001, this training group has produced seven Olympians, earned two Olympic medals, has won more than 70 national titles and four major marathons and has also set more than 20 U.S. records and one world road record.

The 12-member training group includes 6 men (Scott Bauhs, Josh Cox, Mike McKeeman, Meb Keflezighi (2004 Olympic medalist), Jon Pierce and Patrick Smyth) and 6 women (Angela Bizzarri, Amy Hastings, Deena Kastor (2004 Olympic medalist), Anna Pierce (2008 Olympian), Jen Rhines (three-time Olympian) and Morgan Uceny) and 4 staff (Terrence Mahon, head coach and Mammoth Track Club founder; Bob Larsen, head coach and co-founder of Team Running USA; Rita Klabacha, team assistant coach and exercise physiologist, and Dennis Kline, strength coach.

For more information on the team, go to: www.mammothtrackclub.com

In addition, at the Sunday evening awards banquet and live auction, the ninth class of Running USA Hall of Champions was recognized for her contribution and dedication to the sport. The 2012 inductee, the 39th overall, was:

  • Joan Benoit Samuelson (Freeport, ME), Olympic champion / record setter / race founder / legend / ambassador

"There can be no legitimate hall of fame in running without Joan Benoit Samuelson. Certainly U.S. women's long distance running reached the general public because of the exploits of Joan Benoit in her quest for the gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Over the past 28 years, she has inspired runners, both female and male, and her influence on the sport continues to be extraordinary," said Scott Dickey, President of Competitor Group. "It's a well-deserved tribute and Competitor Group is proud to support Running USA in honoring the greatest in the industry and the Hall of Champions induction sets the stage for a tremendous 2012 conference in Houston."

Overall, the conference's live auction raised more than $49,000 for the Mammoth Track Club and other Running USA programs.

For more information on Running USA 2012 and its annual award winners, visit: RunningUSA.org or contact Ryan Lamppa at (805) 696-6232 or ryan@runningusa.org

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2013 ZAP Fitness

ZAP Fitness fourth Allan Steinfeld Development Award recipient; Ted Corbitt, Nina Kuscsik inducted into Hall of Champions

 

SAVANNAH, Ga. - (February 25, 2013) - At the Running USA Hall of Champions Dinner & Live Auction on Monday evening at the Hyatt Regency Savannah, the fourth Allan Steinfeld Development Award winner and two Hall of Champions inductees were celebrated and feted. The evening presented by Competitor Group was part of Running USA 2013: The 10th Industry Conference that opened to a record registration of nearly 500 attendees in the Hostess City of the South.

ZAP Fitness was announced as the fourth Allan Steinfeld Development Award recipient. The development award was named after Allan Steinfeld, who jump-started the U.S. distance running resurgence when as head of the New York Road Runners he allocated $20,000 seed money for the development program Team USA Distance Running. The program, launched in November 2000, produced training groups such as Team Running USA (two Olympic medals in 2004 and major marathon wins) and Team USA Minnesota (winner of the inaugural development award) and inspired the formation of others. Steinfeld also is a co-founder and President Emeritus of Running USA.

"Since our inception in 1999, Running USA has supported and promoted U.S. athlete development, and ZAP Fitness embodies our and Allan's vision. It is our distinct honor to present this $25,000 grant to ZAP Fitness," said Susan Weeks, Running USA CEO.

"It is a great privilege to receive this year's Allan Steinfeld Development Award. We began 11 years ago with the sole mission of improving American long distance running and have worked hard to build a successful training center and business dedicated to the sport of running. To have our program recognized by our peers at Running USA is an honor. This grant will go a long way toward supporting our program and our ZAP runners. Thank you to Allan Steinfeld and to all those at Running USA who continue to make this grant possible," said Zika Rea, ZAP Fitness Co-Founder & Director.

ZAP athletes have produced top results from the turf to 1500 meters to the marathon. ZAP qualified five athletes for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon and track & field, nine for the 2008 Olympic Trials, and nine for the 2012 Olympic Trials. Four ZAP men and one woman have qualified for the World Cross Country Team in the last 9 years, another athlete made the World Half-Marathon Team, and four ZAP women have run on the U.S. Ekiden Relay teams in Japan and Korea. Additionally ZAP placed a woman on the World Marathon Team in 2011. ZAP also won the USATF Club Cross Country team title in 2006, 2007 and 2009 and two ZAP athletes made the final of the 5000m event at the 2008 Olympic Trials.

The 7-member training group includes 4 men (Cole Atkins, Cameron Bean, Michael Crouch and Tyler Pennel) and 3 women (Sarah Crouch, Esther Erb and Alissa McKaig) and 3 staff (Zika Rea, Co-Founder & Director; Peter Rea, Head Coach and Ryan Warrenburg, Assistant Coach).

For more information on the team, go to: www.zapfitness.com

 

 

2014 American Distance Project

American Distance Project named the 5th Allan Steinfeld Development Award recipient

SAN DIEGO - (February 10, 2014) - At the Running USA Hall of Champions Dinner & Auction on Monday evening at the Marriott Marquis & Marina, two Hall of Champions inductees and the 5th Allan Steinfeld Development Award winner were celebrated and feted. The evening, presented by Competitor Group, was part of Running USA 2014 The 11th Industry Conference powered by ACTIVE NETWORK that opened Sunday to a record 550 attendees in America's Finest City..

American Distance Project was introduced as the 5th Allan Steinfeld Development Award recipient with accompanying $25,000 grant. The development award was named after Allan Steinfeld, who jump-started the U.S. distance running resurgence when as head of the New York Road Runners he allocated $20,000 seed money for the development program Team USA Distance Running. The program, launched in November 2000, produced training groups such as Team Running USA (two Olympic medals in 2004 and major marathon wins) and Team USA Minnesota (winner of the inaugural development award) and inspired the formation of others. Steinfeld is also a co-founder and President Emeritus of Running USA.

"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.

"It is a great honor for the American Distance Project to accept the 5th Allan Steinfeld Development Award. The award validates our efforts to develop American distance runners as we join the ranks of post-collegiate programs such as Team Running USA who have turned around what was a downward slide into a new reality where Americans not only have the potential to medal at the Olympics and World Championships, but they now reach the podium," said Scott Simmons, ADP head coach.

The American Distance Project, founded in 2011 and based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has grown both in number of athletes and in national and international prominence. Sixteen of the ADP's 26 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. To-date, twelve distance runners have competed on Team USA in international competition.

For more information on the team, go to: www.americandistanceproject.com

In addition, at the event, the inaugural "Runners Roast" featured Bart Yasso, Runner's World's Chief Running Officer and Running USA Hall of Champions member (2007). Roasters were Mike Reilly, David Willey, Rick Nealis, Mike Rouse and Ryan Hall who shared their entertaining stories of Bart.

Presenting sponsors of Running USA 2014 are Ashworth Awards, ChronoTrack, Competitor Group, Leslie Jordan, Inc. and MarathonFoto.com.

For more information on Running USA 2014 and its annual award winners, visit: www.runningusa.org/running-usa-conference

About Running USA
Running USA advances, serves, promotes and celebrates the sport of running as a clearinghouse and resource center and though its popular annual conference, website, Running USA wire, Running USA Industry E-News, National Runner Survey, annual marathon, half-marathon and State of the Sport reports, and by providing athlete support via the Allan Steinfeld Development Award.

Running USA's more than 350 members include events with 2-plus million finishers and prize money exceeding $6 million, race services companies, running-related media companies and organizations and the athletic industry.

The national industry non-profit organization was founded in March 1999 to build and promote the sport. For more information, visit: RunningUSA.org or contact Ryan Lamppa at (805) 966-7747 or ryan@runningusa.org

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