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 >

Quarry Area - Photo courtesy of wmrc2014 website

US Mountain Team Heads to Italy for World Championships – Follow Us Online

The US Mountain Running Team is headed to Casette di Masa for the 30th Annual World Mountain Running Championships, which will take place on Sunday September 14th.  Italy is 6 hours ahead of the U.S. East Coast and 9 hours ahead of the U.S. West Coast.

We will be posting live race updates on race day and photos and travel adventures as we can during our time in Italy. To follow us online go to one of these links:

Quarry Area - Photo courtesy of wmrc2014 website

WMRC2014 – Some Information about Casetta di Massa

Quarry Area - Photo courtesy of wmrc2014 website

This year’s World Mountain Running Championships will be very unique in that the race will go through a marble quarry in Casetta di Massa.  The area was first settled in the second century AD.

Massa is a town in the Tuscan region of Italy, in the Massa and Carrara Province.  Here is the wikipedia entry about Massa.  You can also learn more about Casetta di Massa at the WMRC 2014 Website.

We have set up a basic map of the race location and approximate location of where the team will be staying below:

View WMRC 2014 – More >


US Junior Mountain Running Team Announced for 2014

The US Mountain Running Team has selected their Junior Team Squad to represent the US in the Junior Men and Junior Women races as part of the World Mountain Running Championships in Casetta di Massa, Italy on September 14th.

The Junior Women see two returning team members while the Junior Men will have a whole new squad.

“I am excited at our prospects at Worlds, with two strong returning team members being complimented by some really talented additions.  We continue to appreciate the support of high school and collegiate level coaches, such as Rob Conner at Portland, Steve Taylor at Richmond, and 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 >