Braun, Carlson Headline USA Men’s 8K Championship

Andrew Carlson is the top male entrant at the U.S. 8K Championships. Photo:

Andrew Carlson is one of the top male entrants at the U.S. 8K Championships. Photo: is streaming the event live this Saturday.

From: Running USA

INDIANAPOLIS – (June 9, 2011) – Aaron Braun (Flagstaff, Ariz.) and Andrew Carlson (Minneapolis, Minn.) are among the favorites for the USA Men’s 8K Championship in Carmel, Indiana. The national championship will be hosted by the inaugural Carmel Marathon Championship Weekend this Saturday.

Braun, who finished as runner-up in the USA 1 Mile Road Championships last month, will be looking for his first USA road title, while Carlson, the 2010 USA 25K and 2008 USA 15K champion will be looking for his third crown.

Braun’s Team USA Arizona teammate Nick Arciniaga (Flagstaff, Ariz.), a member of the U.S. marathon squad for this summer’s World Championships, will be among the leading challengers, along with Carlson’s Team USA Minnesota teammate Josh Moen (Minneapolis, Minn.), the runner-up at this year’s 25K national championships.

Also in the chase for the title will be 2010 USA 20K champion Sean Quigley (Philadelphia, Pa.); two-time Team USA Cross Country team member Patrick Smyth (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) and home state hope Stephen Haas (Bloomington, Ind.).

Live coverage

The USA 8K Championship will be streamed live in cooperation with beginning at 8:30am Saturday at

The USA Men’s 8K Championship is the sixth stop on the 2011 USA Running Circuit (USARC) and will feature $20,000 in prize money with the national champion earning $5000. The 2011 USARC, a USA Track & Field road series, features USA Championships from one mile to the marathon and for the first time will include the USA Cross Country Championships. The USARC attracts the best U.S. distance runners and has ten events for men and nine for women.

The 2011 USARC will feature more than $450,000 in circuit prize money with U.S. athletes also competing for the right to represent Team USA in various international competitions.

The first ten U.S. runners earn points at each USARC race (15 for first, 12 for second, 10 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), with a final $12,500 grand prix purse ($6000, $4000 and $2500) for the top three men and women point scorers overall.

The mission of the USA Running Circuit is to showcase, support and promote U.S. runners. Since its inception in 1995, the USARC and its races have provided more than $9 million dollars to U.S. distance runners.

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