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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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2013 US Team Selection Criteria Published

For following are selection criteria for US team’s at: WMRA NACAC Mountain Running Championships, WMRA World Mountain Long Distance Championships and IAU Trail World Championships (50k).  If you are looking for the selection criteria for the 2013 US Mountain Running Team that will compete at the World Championships in Poland, go here.

NACAC Mountain Running Championships –  U.S. Team Selection 2013 The 10th NACAC Mountain Running Championships will be held on July 21, 2013, at the Cranmore Mountain Race in North Conway, NH.  The host of these Championships have rotated between the USA, Canada, and Mexico.  Our US Women have won More >

Qualifying for the 2013 US Mountain Running Team

This year the USA Mountain Running Championships return to Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway, NH for the 26th Annual Cranmore Hill Climb on July 21st.  The race will also serve as the NACAC Mountain Running Championships with team from the US, Canada and Mexico competing for the NACAC title for 2013.

This will serve as the sole qualifying race for the 2013 US Mountain Running Team that will compete in Krynica Zdrój, Poland on September 8th.  The top 6 US Men (USATF Members and US Citizens) and top 4 women (USATF Members and US Citizens) at Cranmore will make the team.  More >

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Kerri Lyons and Cody Moat win the USA Trail Marathon Championships

Story by Jason Bryant:

Saturday morning in Moab came crisp and cool.  But with the sun rising over the desert landscape, the temperatures heat up quickly as did the racing at Moab Trail Marathon.  The Moab Trail Marathon was serving as the USA Trail Marathon Championships which attracted a highly competitive field on both the men’s and women’s sides.  Toeing the line were US mountain team members, previous male and female trail/mountain champions, fast roadies(2:14 marathon guy, 35 minute 10K gal), hardened mountain goats, and a Spartan Racing World Champion.  Yes, you could say it was quite the mix of competitors.  Question More >

USATF MUT Council Accepting Nominations for Runner of the Year

Each year the USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Council awards runner of the year awards in Mountain, Ultra and Trail Categories, both open and master.   The following criteria should be used when nominating an athlete:

  1. Nominated athlete must show top results in U.S. mountain/ultra/trail competitions for 2012 (November 1, 2011 through October 1, 2012).  For mountain and trail runners, this will include mountain races (these may be on paved/gravel surfaces as long as there is significant elevation loss or gain) and trail races of varying lengths below the ultra distance.  USATF ultra runners of the year will be based on results on trail and More >