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Andy Wacker competing in the 2013 USA Mountain Running Championships

2015 WMRA World Long Distance Championship – Team USA Selection

The selection process for the US team competing at the 2015 WMRA Long Distance Championship in Zermatt, SUI was finalized last week at the USA Track & Field Annual Meeting.  5 women and 5 men will make up Team USA.  All athletes selected must be US citizens and members of USA Track & Field.

2014 USA Mountain Running Champion Allie MacLaughlin at the World Mountain Running Championships

Sage Canaday, Andy Wacker, and Allie McLaughlin received automatic selections to the team based on their performances at the 2014 WMRA Long Distance Challenge held last Summer in conjunction with the Pikes Peak Ascent.

Automatic spots also go to Morgan More >

Four award winners represented the USA at the World Mountain Running Championships - Joe Gray, Allie McLaughlin, David Roche and Megan Roche.

USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Runners of the Year Announced

Athletes with outstanding ultra road, trail, and mountain performances will be recognized at an awards breakfast in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, December 4, during USATF’s annual meeting as USATF’s Mountain Ultra Trail Council Runners of the Year and Contributor of the Year 2014.

Among the award winners are first-time honorees, as well as repeat winners and even a husband and wife team. Colorado, California, Oregon, Texas, Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia, and Arizona are represented among the winners with the Golden State boasting the most award winners with five and the Centennial State close behind with four. Following is the complete list More >

Joe Gray winning the 2014 USA Mountain Running Championships at Loon Mountain, New Hampshire

Bend, Oregon to host 2015 USA Mountain Running Championships

USA Track & Field’s Mountain Ultra Trail Executive Committee unanimously voted on November 6, to accept the bid from Visit Bend to host the 2015 USA Mountain Running Championships on July 25 in Bend, Oregon.

Joe Gray winning the 2014 USA Mountain Running Championships at Loon Mountain, New Hampshire

“We’re honored to have the opportunity to host the USA Track & Field and Collegiate Mountain Running Championships in Bend at Mt. Bachelor,” explained Kevney Dugan, Visit Bend’s Director of Sales & Sports Development. “Bend is the ultimate outdoor playground, and Mt. Bachelor is a perfect example of the amazing terrain we are so More >

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

UPDATED: November 22, 2014

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 More >

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 >

Joe Gray and Shannon Payne dominate Mt. Washington

Story by John Stifler – MWRR Press Liaison


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 >


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 >


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 >