2007 Gold Medal Women's Team

The U.S. Mountain Running Team competes each fall at the World Mountain Running Championships.  The team faces stiff competition from the world’s best mountain runners.

In 2011, the team will compete in Albania on September 11th in a multi-lap (3 laps for men, 2 for women) event.

In September of 2007, the team traveled to Ovronnaz, Switzerland to race.  The U.S. Women won a second Gold Medal with Laura Haefeli winning the first ever individual women’s medal.  The Junior Women won a Silver Medal, the first ever for a Junior Team.  As you can see, this is an exciting time for Mountain Running in the U.S. and we hope to continue the growth and competition for spots on the U.S. Team.

The 2008 WMRT saw the US Men win their first ever team medal.  Alex Dunne won the first ever Junior US Women’s individual medal with her 3rd place finish.

In 2009, at the World Mountain Running Championships the US women placed 3rd as a team.

In 2010, the team competed in Kamnik, Slovenia where the Women’s Team placed 4th and the Men’s Team won their first ever Team Medal.

Learn more about qualifying for the team

What is Mountain Running?

In the United States, mountain running and trail running are often used interchangeably and in most cases, refer to the same type of running in terms of terrain, elevation changes, and running surface. Since mountain runs are often contested on trails – either single track or double track – the trail running term fits quite well. Keep in mind that some mountain runs are staged on paved, or semi-paved surfaces, but must still have significant (uphill) elevation gains to be considered mountain runs – this is one element of mountain running that distinguishes the sport from trail running… read more