What a Fall. Thanks in part to her solid performances at both the 5k and 10k U.S. road championships recently, Renee Gunning was named to the 2006 International Chiba Ekiden team representing the United States! Ekidens (road relay races) are very big in Japan and have big dollars to spend due its high participation by corporate teams. This particular Ekiden is still a team race, but comprised of national teams as opposed to corporate.
According to USATF guidlines, the women’s team selection process takes place in the following manner:
Women’s at-large selections: Positions will be filled from a list of best road 5 km – 15 km performances, as well as 5 km and 10 km track performances (based on rank order) from June 1, 2006 to October 9, 2006.
The race takes place on 23 November in Chiba, Japan. This is an absolutely great honor for both Renee and PRTC. While people all over America will be sitting down to honor a tradition in the U.S.A. (obviously our Thanksgiving weekend), Renee will be putting on her U.S.A. singlet! We’ll be sure to give you a complete account of Renee’s trip and race as soon as we can. Stay tuned, as more guys and girls from the team will be racing this month. In particular, the team will wrap up its Fall marathoning at home, with several of the guys racing the American Express Philadelphia Marathon!