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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 >


Junior Team Selection – 2014 Youth Cup

Junior Team Selection for the 2014 Youth Cup – US Mountain Running Team. NOTE: This is NOT the World Mountain Running Championships Junior Team Selection.  That information for the World Championships can be found here. Venue: Arco, Italy Date: Sunday, June 29, 2014 The non professional association Garda Sport Events (TN 550) with the approval of FIDAL and the support of Trentino Sviluppo SpA, Provincia Autonoma di Trento, Region Trentino South Tyrol, Municipality of Arco and Cassa Rurale Alto Garda, organizes – Garda Trentino – 9° WMRA International Youth Cup. The event will take place in any weather condition. Race track: the competition More >
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Former Mountain Team members on fire at USA 1/2 Marathon Trail Championships

Former team members mentioned in this article are race winners Stevie Kremer and Joe Gray.  Also Gina Lucrezi, Melody Fairchild and Jared Scott.  Race director Danelle Ballengee was a member of the 1999 US Mountain Running Team.

Over 1500 runners participated in the Moab Trail Marathon, 1/2 Marathon and 5k held in conjunction with the USA 1/2 Marathon Trail Championships.  Near freezing temperatures greeted many runners who arrived before sunrise but a welcome sun and cloudless sky made for perfect running weather by the 9:00 AM start.

Joe Gray wins the men's race

The first wave contained over 50 USA Track & Field More >

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US Mountain Team heads to Poland for 29th Annual World Mountain Running Championships

The 2013 U.S. Mountain Running Team will compete at the 29th World Mountain Running Championships on Sunday, September 8, in Krynica – Zdrój, Poland. The race courses will run through the Jaworzyna Mountain starting on a downhill and running down /up over loop trail and mountain terrain. There are both junior and senior categories for the competition with 37 countries slated to compete. In order to compete as a junior athlete, the individual must be at least 16 in the year of competition and not yet 20.

The senior women and the junior men will race 9 kilometers, the junior women will race 4.65 More >


10th NACAC Mountain Running Championships Results

Story by Nancy Hobbs.  Photos by Richard Bolt

Team USA was victorious sweeping the top positions in both the men’s and women’s race with 2012 World Mountain Running Championship’s bronze medalist Morgan Arritola covering the 8-kilometer course in 42:31, followed by teammate Megan Lizotte in 46:03,for a team score of 3 points. Canadafinished in silver-medal position with Meggan Franks and Sarah Bergeron-Larouch in fifth and sixth position to score 11 points. Mexico’s Ana Rosa Gomez Velazquez and Sandra Lizeth Lopez Navarro scored 19 points to earn the bronze medal.

Joseph Gray won his fifth NACAC Mountain Running Championships title crossing the 12-kilometer More >


2013 USA Mountain Running Championship LIVE coverage

The 2013 USA Mountain Running Championships held in conjunction with the Cranmore Hill Climb will start at 8:15 AM (women) & 9:15 AM (men) on Sunday, July 21.  300 runners will toe the start line on the summit of the Mt. Cranmore Ski Area and compete for spots on the USA Mountain Running Team (top 6 men, top 4 women).  Over 50 elite trail runners from around the United States, Canada and Mexico will compete for national championship glory and for the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championship title.  The men will race 3 laps of the 4k course.  More >


Mountain running’s best headed to New Hampshire

Press Release by Nancy Hobbs

The nation’s best mountain runners will literally descend on North Conway, New Hampshire’s Cranmore Mountain on Sunday, July 21. The 26th Cranmore Hill Climb presented by Northeast Delta Dental offers a four-kilometer loop course, which the men will run three times and women will run two times. The route is a mixture of single-track trail, wide pathways, meadows, rocky terrain, and some steep ascents and descents to test the mettle of competitors.

For the first time, the USA Mountain Running Championships, the North American Central America Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championships, and the U.S. Mountain Team selection will all More >

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Mountain Team Member Michele Yates Wins USA 50 Mile Trail Championships

The USA 50 Mile Trail Championships was hosted by Nueces and race directors Joe and Joyce Prusaitis. Their races always have a festive and social atmosphere, from the day before the race until the morning after the race. Friends gather from all over to discuss apprehensions or excitement of the coming challenge beforehand, then reassemble post-race to share their experiences of the day. This race day began with a light frost and temperatures in the mid-30s, but warmed throughout the day into the mid-60s. The course consists of three 16.67 mile loops over hilly and very rocky terrain. Joe is often More >

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USMRT Athletes Win USA 100k Trail Champs

US Mountain Running Team members Sage Canaday and Michele Yates (formerly Suszek) took top honors at the USA 100k Trail Champs in Bandera, TX.  Here is the full press release from the race director:

A multitude of runners on a day with a multitude of weather changes make for an epic event guaranteed to leave some lasting memories. At 7:30am 882 trail runners fade into the damp & misty morning. With the ground dripping wet and saturated with moisture, the gooey mud quickly becomes the main issue.

With a stellar field of runners in for the USA 100km Trail Championships as well More >