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 >

Kerri Lyons

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 >

Google Hangout Interview with Members of the 2012 Women’s Team

Jeff Dengate from Runner’s World met with some members Team USA in a Google Hangout tonight. Check out what they all had to say about World’s. (With Morgan Arritola, Melody Fairchild, and Stevie Kremer and staff member Nancy Hobbs).

Video of the Women’s Gold Medal Ceremony

The 2012 US Women’s squad returned to the top of the podium in Italy this year.  Here’s a video with some photos of them in the race and the gold medal awards ceremony.

US Hotel near the finish line, view up into the mountains

Follow the World Mountain Champs Live on Italian TV

US Hotel near the finish line, view up into the mountains

Follow the US Mountain Running Team live online this coming Sunday (or Saturday night where you may live) by watching the live TV broadcast on Italian TV. Italy is 6 hours ahead of the East Coast, 9 Hours ahead of the West Coast.


The local race times on Sunday are as follows 09H40: Start of Junior Women race 09H45: Start of Junior Men race 10H30: Start of Senior Women race 11H00: Start of Senior Men Race


David Roche and Megan Kimmel win USA 10k Trail Running Championships

The fourth annual Continental Divide Trail Race took place in Laurel Springs, NC, on Saturday, August 25th.   The course crosses over each side the Eastern Continental Divide twice.  Racers are test by a challenging course that former US Mountain Running Team member Megan Kimmel described as “true to the sport of trail running.”  This is no run in the park.  The terrain and footing vary frequently with climbs, descents, flats, grass, double track, and tight single track.  David Roche appreciated the sections of off-camber, rocky, and rooty trail racing; calling it a race of truth.  “How hard are you willing to go on the trails? Cause it is going to hurt.” The More >

Team Press Conferences on YouTube

Did you get to watch our LIVE Google Hangout on Air press conferences earlier this week?  If not, you can watch them on YouTube here:

Senior Team Hangout #1 – Topics: training, race prep, roads vs. trails.  Staff +Ellen Miller, +Richard Bolt, +Paul Kirsch – athletes +Joseph Gray,+Tommy Manning, +Stevie Kremer, +Morgan Arritola, +Glenn Randall and from Runner’s World magazine +Jeff Dengate.

Senior Team Hangout Press Conference on YouTube

Junior Team Hangout – Topics: what it means to be on the team, favorite USA uniform piece, training, travel, mountain running vs. XC.  Staff +Paul Kirsch,+Richard Bolt – athletes +Billy Fayette, +Kelly Lawson, +Jordan Chavez,+Clare Moretz.

Junior Team Hangout Press Conference on YouTube

Senior Team Hangout #2 – Topics: injuries, shoe selection, nutrition, course More >

Mountain Team Press Conferences Live on YouTube tonight at 7:30ET and 9ET

We’re doing a conference at 7:30 (ET) with the Junior Team, with Dan Kesterson from Youth Runner interviewing them.

At 9PM (ET) we’ll be doing another conference with some of our Senior Team Members with Jeff Dengate from Runner’s World.

Check them out here (they will appear in the Feed as they start)


Watch our Team Press Conference from Today

We did our first ever team press conference today, with members of our Senior Men’s and Women’s Teams joining in, along with writer Jeff Dengate from Runner’s World.  We had team members joining us from Germany as well as across the United States.  Check out the video below.  We’ll be having two more press conferences tomorrow, August 15th- 7:30 PM for our Junior Team and at 9PM for our Senior Team.