2009 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team Wins Silver and Bronze in Italy

2009 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team Wins Silver and Bronze in ItalyAccount by Dave Dunham with edits and additional quotes by Nancy Hobbs Madesimo, Italy The 25th running of the World Mountain Running Championships were held under clear and crisp blue skies with temperatures in the upper 50s for the start of the competition. The venue was in the winter ski village of Madesimo, Italy, located three hours by bus from Milan. The course was lined with fans not only from the host country, but with worldwide fans. The sound of ringing cowbells and pulsating air horns filled the air. A total of More >

Preliminary results from Italy

From Nancy Hobbs:

World Champs results — senior men: Andrew Benford 13; Joe Gray 16: Matt Byrne 42, Zac Freudenberg 46; Rickey Gates 47; Tim Parr 48. 6th place out of 23 teams. Team score 117…Eritrea first with 24 points, Italy second with 29 points, Turkey 3 with 75 points. USA Senior women bronze; individual bronze junior — silver medal. Top Junior man was Brandon Lord in 4th. More results coming.

Live twitter posts for the World Championships

Go to http://www.twitter.com/usmrt to see live posts from today’s Mountain Champs. If you are reading our blog at the blog site and not via rss feed, you can also see it on the right hand side of the page.

Former Team Member Paul Low previews the men’s race

Paul Low has a great preview of the men’s race as his blog. Here’s the link:http://thelowplace.blogspot.com/2009/09/brief-preview-for-senior-mens-team-race.html

Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team Set to Depart for World Championships

Colorado Springs, CO — The Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team will compete in the 25th World Mountain Running Championships in Campodolcino, Italy, on Sunday, September 6, 2009. Campodolcino is located in the province of Sondrio in the Lombardy region located approximately 100 kilometers north of Milan. This year’s team will arrive at the race venue in Italy on Thursday, September 3 and includes the following athletes: (*Ages are listed at time of World Championships)

Senior Men: Joseph Gray, 25, Lakewood, WA; Zac Freudenberg, 31, St. Louis, MO; Matt Byrne, 34, Scranton, PA; Tim Parr, 27, Gunnison, CO, Andrew Benford, 22, Ravenswood, VA, and More >



Simon G., Rickey G., and I (Joe G.) raced up north in the Piemonte region of Italy in a small town known as Susa. For Rickey and I, it was the last tune up before the big one next week. Simon came across the Atlantic for Susa’s historic race, which has been around since 1989! The race featured a good field with runners from Ethiopia, Japan, USA, New Zealand, Kenya, France, and of course some strong Italians. Many of them with superb road times. The race went out fast as usual. The partenza (start) changed from last year. There had More >

The Mountain Team is on Twitter

You can now follow the happenings of the Mountain Team on Twitter.


Members of the team will be posting there over the next 2 weeks as they get to Italy for the Mountain Champs on September 6th.

2009 USMRT Junior Team – Bios

Athlete Bios- Junior Team

Juniors must be at least 16 in the year of competition and not yet 20Junior Women’s team

Robyn Arnold, Redlands, CA – Age 16*Robyn attends Redlands High School in Redlands, CA she will enter her junior year in the fall. She has quite a range of accomplishments across various distances including a remarkable fifth place overall and first place junior finish in the Mt Baldy Run to the Top. Her coach stated “Robyn is a very impressive athlete with a pure passion for running.”

Robyn says “I love the challenges that come with mountain running and I’m very excited More >