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Canadian Mountain Running Team News

From the Canadian Mountain Running Team website…

Hello Mountain Runners! This year’s national team selection will take place on Saturday June 13th at the Canadian Mountain Running Championships at the Canmore Nordic Centre. More race details coming soon. There will be prize money available for the top athletes who commit to the national team. You must be a member of your provincial Athletics Canada branch (OTFA, BC Athletics, etc) AND of the CTMRA to participate. We’re working on the membership program and it will be available soon.

This is how team selection will work: The top three men and three women available from More >

2009 Mountain Team Qualifiers – Cranmore Hill Climb Preview

This is the first of two posts about the 2009 Mountain Team Qualifiers. The first is at the Cranmore Hill Climb on June 28, the second is at the Cheyene Cañon Mountain Race on July 26th.

22nd Annual Cranmore Hill Climb – USA and NACAC Mountain Running ChampionshipsOn January 28th, all eyes in the mountain running community will be directed towards Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway, New Hampshire as runners from across the US, Canada, Mexico and other Central American countries compete at the 2009 USA and NACAC Mountain Running Championships. 3 American men and 1 American woman will automatically be More >

Vail Uphill Snowshoe Race – US Mt. Team Fundraiser

If you will be near Vail on Feb 21 2009, there will be a Snowshoe race to benefit the US Mountain Running Team. For more info, see the event flyer.

Not only is the race a benefit for the Mountain Team, it’s also run in memory of former team member Lyndon Ellefson, who died in 1998 during a hiking accident.

Updated info on 2009 USMRT Qualifying Races

June 28 – Mt. Cranmore, North Conway, New Hampshire – USA Mountain Running Championships and NACAC Mountain Running Championships

July 26 – Colorado Springs, CO – Western Qualifier Race

More details here

Interview with 2008 Team Member Alex Dunne

Posted on the website.

Go here to see it:

Mountain Team members compete at National Club XC Championships

Team member Simon Gutierrez was 1st overall in the Masters Race. Joe Gray was 13th in the Men’s Open Race. On the women’s side, 2008 and 2009 U.S. NACAC Team member, Kasie Enman, was 9th overall.

Other past and present mountain team members and staff competing included Nicole Hunt, Eric Blake, Lisa Goldsmith, Andy Ames and Nancy Hobbs.

Complete results are available here:

Photos are here:

Congrats to Alex Dunne for winning the CA State XC Champs!

2008 CIF State Cross Country ChampionshipsPresented by Farmers InsuranceNovember 29, 2008 Woodward Park 5K Course, Fresno CA Weather:Robert Rush-Sports Consultant rushruner@aol.comRESULTS ON:, &

Division 1 Girls Individual Results

Place No. Sec Name Yr School D1girls===== ==== === =================== == ========== ======= 1 1817 SS Alex Dunne SR San Clemen 17:27 2 1529 SS Teeny Adams JR Esperanza 17:41 3 1098 SDS Alli Billmeyer SO Torrey Pin 17:46 4 1097 SDS Megan Morgan JR Torrey Pin 17:47 5 39 CCS Justine Fedronic SR Carlmont 17:50 6 1062 SDS Molly Grabill SO Rancho Ber 17:52 7 1309 SJS Maria Malone More >

Looking for Mountain/Ultra Runners of the Year Nominations

Contact: Nancy Hobbs, Chair, USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Running Council

(719) 573-4133 or

For Release: September 24, 2008

Nominations open for 2008

USATF Mountain Runners of the Year – Open and Masters

USATF Ultra Runners of the Year – Open and Masters

USATF Mountain/Ultra/Trail Contributor of the Year

The Mountain/Ultra/Trail running (MUT) council of long distance running will select the 2008 USATF Mountain Runners of the year and Ultra Runners of the Year based on nominations received from interested athletes, coaches, and administrators involved in the sport. The following is the selection criteria for the 2008 USATF Mountain and Ultra Runners of the Year:

1) Nominated More >

Post-WMRT Thoughts from Simon Gutierrez

I still have not found the words to describe the feeling Ihad when a race timing official peeked his head out of thetiming trailer at the finish line, and gave us the thumbs upand said” US men, bronze medal”

A degree of disbelief ? Wanting to believe but notwanting to get too excited for fear of the possibility of anerror? But then again, as we finished the team was greeted by Ricky and Joe,they had been looking out for the team finishes and were saying….WE DID IT !

What an amazing feeling, after 4-5 years of believing thatthe US men could medal. More >

Athlete Spotlight interview with Joe Gray

Latest Athlete Spotlight courtesy of writer James Doak