Friday, January 12, 2018

Garrett Heath and Team USATF set to take on Brits and Euros at Saturday's Great Edinburgh X-Country Challenge...

EDINBURGH, Great Britain—Three time winner Garrett Heath (left/photo by Paul Merca) of Seattle’s Brooks Beasts is among the headliner performers for Team USATF for Saturday’s Great Edinburgh X-Country Challenge race at famed Holyrood Park.

He’ll be joined by 2016 Olympian and defending champ Leonard Korir, and Chris Derrick of the Portland based Bowerman TC on the men’s senior 8k squad.  Oregon alum Trevor Dunbar is also on the team, giving Team USATF three athletes with world cross country championship experience as they go against teams from Great Britain, and a European all star squad.

Media partner ($) will have streaming coverage of the Great Edinburgh X-Country Challenge Saturday morning starting at 5:15 am, pacific time.  Viewers outside the United States can watch it on the BBC.

The start lists for the race are available below (courtesy Alberto Stretti):


USA Track & Field announced that Atlanta, Austin, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Orlando have submitted bids to host the 2020 US Olympic Marathon Trials.

“To have four new bidders for the Olympic Trials Marathon speaks to the attractiveness of the property and the support for our increasingly successful American marathon corps,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “We look forward to taking the Olympic Trials to a new city to select one of the world’s best Olympic marathon teams.”

Final bids for the event are due March 19th.  The federation’s board of directors will decide the venue for the Trials sometime this spring, subject to approval by the US Olympic Committee.

Earlier in the week, the federation announced the return of this year’s senior outdoor championships to Des Moines, Iowa, at Drake Stadium.

The meet will be contested June 21-24 as the final stop of the USATF Championship Series.

Drake Stadium, home of the Drake Relays, has hosted the national championships twice before, in 2010 and 2013.

Vancouver native Kara Winger set the American record in the javelin at the 2010 championships, throwing 218-8 (66.67m), and in 2013, Jeremy Taiwo (above/photo by Paul Merca) made his first international team in the decathlon in Des Moines.

NOTE:  USA Track & Field contributed to this report.

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