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Minnesotans Sweep USATF Championships at Medtronic TC 1 Mile
Garrett Heath and Heather Kampf Earn Rainy Victories in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minn. May 14, 2015 Minnesota natives Garret Heath and Heather Kampf won the 10th running of the Medtronic TC 1 Mile earning USATF 1 Mile Road titles on a rain-soaked Hennepin Avenue.
Heath, a Winona native who lives in Seattle, ran 4:08.3 to earn his second USA 1 Mile Road title and improve on his runner-up finish at the 2013 Medtronic TC 1 Mile. The Stanford University graduate out ran Jeff See of Johnson City, Tenn., second in 4:09.4, and Trevor Dunbar of Eugene, Ore., third at 4:10.1
Kampf, a Rosemount native who starred at the University of Minnesota, outran the womens field, running 4:45.4. Kampf was chased to the line by Rebecca Addison of Spring Lake, Mich., runner-up in 4:46.5 and her training partner Amanda Eccleston of Adrian, Mich., third in 4:48.3. The win makes Kampf a three-time USATF 1 Mile Road champion and a two-time Medtronic TC 1 Mile champ.
Nearly 2500 runners registered for the event which raced through downtown Minneapolis, finishing in the heart of the Hennepin Avenue Theater District.
While Heath appeared to win comfortably, he didnt think it had the race in hand until crossing the final intersection. I kind of looked around a little bit, he admitted. You want to know how much more youve got to hurt.
Kampfs win came after a challenge. I think it was Rebecca Addison who made a move, the Team USA Minnesota athlete said. I responded to that. I was waiting kind of peripheral vision to see if she was going to come with my response. You have to run through the line every time because you never know who might be coming for a really late face-punch.
Heath and Kampf won $5000 each for their wins. The race was the second stop on the 2015 Bring Back the Mile Tour, a nationwide Grand Prix with more than $80,000 in total prize money and a $7500 grand prize purse.
Complete results can be found at tcmevents.org.