The thought of medaling as a team at the World Mountain Running Trophy didn’t really start till 2004 for me. A few of the USA team members were enjoying the pizza and wine in a small Italian restaurant in the mountain town of Sauze d’Oulx Italy after an eighth place team finish. Simon Gutierrez remarked that we were really not too far away from medaling and after looking at the results we were in striking distance for next year.
A year later in New Zealand we finished 6th. Again we were close but couldn’t get the medal. Then 2006 rolled around More >
Some pictures, courtesy of Richard Bolt, Dave Dunham, Nancy Hobbs and Peter Hartley. If you were there and have more, please email me at email@example.com and I can upload them to the team website.
Peter Hartley,Richard Bolt and nancy Hobbs’ pics:http://picasaweb.google.com/tevausmrt/Wmrt2008#
Dave Dunham’s Pics:http://picasaweb.google.com/doubledmtnman/2008WorldTrophy#
Junior boys – Tim Smith’s 5th place is the best ever placing, beating Andrew Benford’s 12th place from 2006. Levi Grandt’s 13th place is the 3rd best and Jon Steven’s 31st place is the 7th best.
The team 4th place is the best ever, topping the 8th place finish in 2006.
Junior girls – Alex Dunne’s (in picture above) bronze medal is the first ever individual medal for a junior girl, this tops Anna Lieb’s 4th place finish in 2007.
Men – Rickey Gates 12th = 10th best, More >
Dave’s reports from the WMRT races:http://ddmountainrunr.blogspot.com/2008/09/world-championship-results.html
24th World mountain running championships Crans Montana Switzerland
The weather has been consistent during our stay in Switzerland and race day would be no different as fog, some drizzle, and temps in the 40s were the order of the day.
A long day of racing kicked off with the open race at 8 am. Team leader Richard Bolt (Portland, OR) lead the charge over the same course the men would compete on. Bolt (no relation to the 100m specialist) finished in 3rd place covering the course in 6628. Nancy Hobbs the Manager of the Teva US mountain running team and serves as More >
Pictured above is a photo of the Norwegian delegate presenting information about a possible course for the 2010 World Mountain Running Championship (Songefjord, Norway). We also learned that the 2009 Championship will not be in Italy. While the local organising committee was funded and prepared, the Italian Athletic Association would not support the Championshipdue to other commitments in Italy. Scotland announced an intention to bid for the 2011 Championship. The Pikes Peak Hillclimb will be the 2010 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championship. More info later today. Next up is the parade of nations and opening ceremonies – both of More >