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2 Time Mt. Team Member Andrew Bendford to run Izumo Ekiden

Andrew Benford, University of Richmond standout, and the only US Mountain Team member to race on both the Junior and Senior Mountain Running Teams, has been named to the USA squad who will race the Ekiden in Izumo, Japan.  Good luck to Andrew and Team USA.  Below are all the details courtesy of Steve Taylor.


World Champ Max King Pulls a Double This Weekend

Only a few weeks since he bested the World at the 2011 World Mountain Running Championships, Max King will attempt to win two races this weekend, one in his hometown of Bend, Oregon and one in Ogden, Utah.  The first is the USA 50km Trail Championships, which takes place at 8AM at Mt. Bachelor Ski Area right outside of Bend.   After King finishes the race, he’ll hop on a plane to Salt Lake City and then head over to Ogden, Utah for the XTERRA Trail Championships which take place on Sunday, exactly 24 hours after the 50km race.  It’s not an More >

Video from the World Mountain Running Championships

We’re in the process of putting together some video from the race but, in the meantime, check out this really great video from the Italian Team. If you go to the 4 minute mark or the 6 minute mark, you can see how insane some of the downhill was from the race.


Photos from the World Mountain Running Championships

Team Leader Richard Bolt has compiled the best of the best photos from the 2011 World Mountain Running Championships.  This includes photos from the race, open and closing ceremonies as well as the team’s visit to the US Embassy in Tirana, Albania.  It was a historic year for the US Team with individual gold medals for both the men and the women.   Congratulations to all of the team members and a big thank you to all of our supporters as well.

You can check out the photos by clicking on the photo of Kasie Enman on the right:


USA Wins Double Gold at World Mountain Running Championships

USA Wins Double Gold at World Mountain Running Championships

Max King and Kasie Enman Crowned World Champions in Tirana, Albania

Tirana, Albania – September 11 – The USA set the bar at the 27th World Mountain Running Championships held today, September 11, in Tirana, Albania, showcased by the gold-medal performances of Huntingdon, Vermont’s Kasie Enman and Bend, Oregon’s Max King.

“In my nine years as team leader, I’ve never been more proud of our athletes than I am today,” said Richard Bolt, “Kasie and Max’s performances blew me away. They made winning a World Championship look easy.”

“This is the first time I have represented More >

Front of TShirt

Support our Team with a commemorative Team Shirt

Front of TShirt

We’ve received such positive feedback from our team members on this year’s commemorative shirts that we also wanted to give supporters of our team a chance to buy them.  100% of the proceeds of the sale of these shirts will go to help fund the US Mountain Running Team.  Only $19.99 including shipping (free shipping included only in the US- contact Paul Kirsch about costs of shipping outside the USA).

To order a shirt, contact Junior Team Manager Paul Kirsch at and he’ll provide you with all of the ordering details.

Thanks to all of you for your support More >

Follow the US Team in Albania via our Facebook Page or Twitter Feed

To get live updates and photos of the teams happenings in Albania, you can follow us on Twitter at or on facebook at  For our twitter feed you can also just look on the right side of our website homepage to see the live twitter feed.

The 2010 Team in Kamnik, Slovenia

U.S. Mountain Running Team to take on World at Championships in Albania


The 2010 Team in Kamnik, Slovenia

Tirana, Albania – September 5:  The U.S. Mountain Running Team heads to Tirana, Albania, this week to take on 32 countries at the 27th annual World Mountain Running Championships on Sunday, September 11.  At the 26th World Mountain Running Championships, the men’s team won their second-ever team medal – a silver –  while the women narrowly missed out on their fifth team medal.  This year’s senior and junior teams look to capitalize on that history and bring home medals again in 2011.

This year’s 17-member squad is a diverse More >


Great article on Mountain Running in Trail Runner Magazine

Mountain running is still an obscure sport in some circles.  Sometimes it’s hard to describe exactly what a mountain race is like and how intense it can be.  In the latest issue of Trail Runner Magazine, Ashley Arnold does an amazing job of describing the experience, complete with amazing photos from Joe Viger and Scott Mason from this year’s USA Mountain Running Champs.  If you want to experience mountain running at its finest, pick up the latest issue of Trail Runner to read about our sport.

Team USA heads to Albania next week.  Remember to follow us here at the website or on More >

Tommy at the Finish.  Photo courtesy of Nancy Hobbs

Tommy Manning’s Race Report from Pikes Peak Ascent

Tommy at the Finish. Photo courtesy of Nancy Hobbs

Tommy finished second this year at the Ascent, mirroring his second place finish at the Mt. Washington Road Race.  His time this year at both races were personal bests, good signs as Tommy heads to Albania in a few weeks.

Here is Tommy’s Race Report from the Ascent:

From the gun I pretty quickly put myself into fourth place behind Mario Macias, Josh Eberly, and Simon Gutierrez.   The race did not go out as fast this year as last year’s international field (the World Mountain Running Long Distance Challenge) took it out.  By the More >