Joe Gray at the 2014 World Mountain Running Championships

Call for nominations – Mountain, Ultra & Trail Runner of the Year Awards

Joe Gray at the 2014 World Mountain Running Championships

USA Track & Field’s Mountain, Ultra & Trail (MUT) Running Council is currently taking nominations for the 2014 Runner of the Year (ROY) awards.  A handful of athletes have received automatic nominations based on performances in recent national and world championship events.  The council is now seeking manual nominations from the mountain, ultra & trail running community.

Nominated athletes must be members of USA Track & Field (USATF) & hold US Citizenship. Select athletes will be nominated automatically based on performances in select USATF National Championships and World Championship events (see below). Anyone More >

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US Mountain Team Heads to Italy for World Championships – Follow Us Online

The US Mountain Running Team is headed to Casette di Masa for the 30th Annual World Mountain Running Championships, which will take place on Sunday September 14th.  Italy is 6 hours ahead of the U.S. East Coast and 9 hours ahead of the U.S. West Coast.

We will be posting live race updates on race day and photos and travel adventures as we can during our time in Italy. To follow us online go to one of these links:

Sage Canaday Wins Pikes Peak

Team USA leads at the WMRA World Long Distance Challenge

At today’s running of the 11th Annual WMRA World Long Distance Challenge at the Pikes Peak Ascent in Manitou Springs, Colorado, Team USA led the way with a one-two-three sweep in the women’s division for a combined finish of 7:49:49 with Allie McLaughlin posting one of the fastest times on record at 2:33:42. Teammate Morgan Arritola (third place at the 2012 World Mountain Running Championships) finished second, and this year’s Mount Washington Road Race winner Shannon Payne finished third. Mateja Kosovelj (SLO) was the first non-USA women’s finisher in fourth position with a time of 2:42:41 and helped secure a More >
Quarry Area - Photo courtesy of wmrc2014 website

WMRC2014 – Some Information about Casetta di Massa

Quarry Area - Photo courtesy of wmrc2014 website

This year’s World Mountain Running Championships will be very unique in that the race will go through a marble quarry in Casetta di Massa.  The area was first settled in the second century AD.

Massa is a town in the Tuscan region of Italy, in the Massa and Carrara Province.  Here is the wikipedia entry about Massa.  You can also learn more about Casetta di Massa at the WMRC 2014 Website.

We have set up a basic map of the race location and approximate location of where the team will be staying below:

View WMRC 2014 – More >

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US Junior Mountain Running Team Announced for 2014

The US Mountain Running Team has selected their Junior Team Squad to represent the US in the Junior Men and Junior Women races as part of the World Mountain Running Championships in Casetta di Massa, Italy on September 14th.

The Junior Women see two returning team members while the Junior Men will have a whole new squad.

“I am excited at our prospects at Worlds, with two strong returning team members being complimented by some really talented additions.  We continue to appreciate the support of high school and collegiate level coaches, such as Rob Conner at Portland, Steve Taylor at Richmond, and More >

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Joe Gray and Shannon Payne dominate Mt. Washington

Story by John Stifler – MWRR Press Liaison

54TH Annual NORTHEAST DELTA DENTAL MOUNT WASHINGTON ROAD RACE

Pinkham Notch, N.H. – June 21, 2014

Joseph Gray and Shannon Payne, both of Colorado Springs, Colo., dominated the men’s and women’s fields today in the 7.6-mile Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race to the summit of the highest peak in the northeastern United States. Gray’s win was hard-earned relief after several years in which he had placed second, third or fourth in this grueling all-uphill race. Payne’s was the impressive celebration of her first-ever attempt at Mt. Washington, in a career which previously included More >

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Drug Testing Policy Statement

To: Invited athletes to USA Mountain Championships

From: Nancy Hobbs, USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Chairperson, and US Mountain Running Team Staff – Richard Bolt, Paul Kirsch, Ellen Miller

CC: Jim Estes, USATF Director of Events; Bill Roe, USATF LDR Division Chair, Steve Taylor, Collegiate Running Association

Re: Drug Testing Policy

We are delighted that you will be participating in our USA Mountain Running Championships at Loon Mountain onJuly 6, 2014. The event is also our sole selection race for senior members of the US Mountain Running Team which will compete at the World Mountain Running Championships in Casette di Massa, Italy, on September 14, More >

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2014 WMRC Course Information

On September 14, 2014 the newly minted US Mountain Running Team members will compete in the 30th World Mountain Running Championships in Casette di Massa, Italy.  Here are details about the race courses (from the race website).

Sea, Marble, Mountain: her is Massa and its World Championships

A journey through a story made of hard work. Steep paths a few steps from the sea, mountains not easy to tame.This is the stage of a World Mountain Running Championship whose actors are the marble, the quarries and the marble work process. From Forno and Casette, two small villages of Massa, an adventure will start that lead More >

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Qualifying for the 2014 US Mountain Running Team

The 2014 US Mountain Running Team will be selected at the USA Mountain Running Championships held on July 6 in Lincoln, NH.  This event will be held in conjunction with the annual Loon Mountain Race and will also serve as the Collegiate Mountain Running Championships – an event sanctioned by the newly formed Collegiate Running Association.

The top 6 men and top 4 women from the race will be selected to the team and will represent the United States at the 30th Annual World Mountain Running Championships in Casette di Massa, Italy.

We also bring a junior (athletes under 20) team to the World Mountain More >

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Team USA announced for 2014 NACAC Mountain Running Championships

Team USA will compete alongside squads from Mexico and Canada at the 11th North American Central American Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championships on Sunday, July 20, at Carrera La Chupinaya in Ajijic, Jalisco, the same venue which hosted the event in 2011.  The teams are comprised of up to four men and four women with the top two finishers scoring for their respective country. The 2014 US team includes past NACAC team members as well as newcomers to this championship event.

The men’s team is headlined by Eric Blake, 35, West Hartford, CT, who will make his fourth appearance at the NACAC More >