Senior US Mountain Running Team Selection Criteria – 2019
The 2019 USATF Mountain Running Championships to be held at Waterville Mountain Resort in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire on Sunday, September 29, 2019, will be the sole selection race for the U.S. Mountain Running Team where the top 4 men and top 4 women to finish will earn spots on the team. Athletes must be USATF members prior to the race, U.S. Citizens and eligible to represent USA in international competition.
The U.S. Mountain Running Team will compete at the 2019 World Mountain Running Championships which will be held in Villa La Angostura, Argentina, on Friday, November 15, 2019.
If you are interested in learning more about the team, contact USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Council chairperson Nancy Hobbs at nanohobbs at gmail dot com; U.S. Mountain Running Team Leader Richard Bolt at richardbolt at trailrunner dot com; U.S. Mountain Running Women’s Team Manager Ellen Miller at alpineellen at gmail dot com; or U.S. Manger of the Junior Team Paul Kirsch at pkirsch2 at gmail dot com.
The Junior Mountain Running Team Selection:
Athletes ages 16-19, who are interested in the Junior Mountain Running Team, need not run a qualifying race. It is however encouraged that junior athletes train and/or race in a mountain running environment/race to help provide them with the necessary experience to excel in the sport. The junior men’s team includes a maximum of four runners with the top three scoring. The junior women’s team is comprised of a maximum of four runners with the top three scoring.
Junior runners should fill out the application form at www.usmrt.com, including personal bests and noteworthy performances. Junior men should have a 16:45 or better 5 km road or XC time and junior women should have a time of 19:30 or better. Equivalent times from alternate race distances will be considered. In addition juniors must supply a letter of recommendation from a parent/guardian or coach. All runners must be current USATF members and U.S. citizens.
Junior Age Requirement: Junior athletes must be between the ages of 16 and 19 on December 31, 2019 to be eligible to compete on the 2019 U.S. Junior Mountain Running Team.
Deadline to Apply is July 30, 2019. The Team will be announced in August
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