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US Women’s Mountain Running Team will be decided in 10 days at Loon Mountain

The Loon Mountain Race, well know in New England as one of the toughest, most European-like of all of the mountain races in the country, will serve as the venue for the 2012 sole qualifying race for the 2012 US Women’s Mountain Running Team.  The top 4 US Women at the race will go to Ponte di Legno Italy to represent the US at the World Mountain Running Championships.

The competition at this year’s race is probably the best it has ever been for our women’s selection race.  Over the next week, we’ll be highlighting some of the competitors who will More >

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Mt. Washington Road Race – play-by-play from the press van

Yesterday Nancy Hobbs and I (Richard Bolt) road in the press van to cover the action at our one and only selection race for the 2012 men’s US Mountain Running Team.  My plan to send live tweets from the race was thwarted by a lack of cell service so we both took photos and documented the mile splits.  Here is how the race unfolded at the front from press van #1.

Mile 1:

6:04 – Tim Chichester, Max King, Glen Randall – top 3

Mile 2:

13:40 – Sage Canaday and Joe Gray

Mile 2.5/3000’:

1 – Sage Canaday

2 – Joe Gray

3 – Eric Blake

4 – More >

First Timer Victorious at USA Mountain Running Championships

Pinkham Notch, NH — The 52nd Mt. Washington Road Race saw a first-time mountain racer Sage Canaday, 26, Boulder, CO, run away from the field to post a time of 58:27, the third fastest time in the history of this 7.6-mile unrelenting climb of New England’s tallest mountain.

Canady’s time was nearly two minutes faster than second-place finisher Joseph Gray, 28, Newcastle, WA, who crossed the line in a person best of 1:00:33. Two-time winner Eric Blake, 33, New Britain, CT, finished in third outsprinting Glen Randall, 25, Mesa, CO, by a mere four seconds. Blake’s time of 1:00:54 was his More >

Mt. Washington will feature 5 World Mountain Running Championship Individual Medalists

This year’s Mt. Washington Road Race has an interesting distinction.  Never before has it featured so many runners in the same race who have all been on the podium for individual medals at the World Mountain Running Championships.  This year’s field includes the following individual medalists:

Marco DeGasperi  (Italy) Dave Dunham (USA) Kasie Enman (USA) Laura Haefeli (USA) Max King (USA)

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Catch Live Updates of the US Mountain Running Championships this Weekend

Members of the US Mountain Running Team Staff will be in the Press Van providing live twitter updates and photos from this year’s US Mountain Running Championships at Mount Washington.  You’ll be able to see how the race unfolds mile by mile at Mt. Washington this coming Saturday at 9AM ET by following our Twitter Feed.

Follow the action live at www.twitter.com/usmrt or on our Facebook Page www.facebook.com/usatfmut or on the right column of our website:  www.usmrt.com.

Max King wins USA 1/2 Marathon Trail Championships

The USA Half Marathon Trail Championships held in conjunction with the 11th annual foot zone Dirty Half kicked off to perfect running weather, sunny blue skies and cool temperatures. Over 60 USA Track & Field members registered for the national championship – the most ever for a trail race in Oregon. For the third year in a row the race was won by 2011 World Mountain Running Champion and local hero Max King ($500) in a time of 1:15:48. On the women’s side, Marci Klimek ($500) out sprinted 2008 US Mountain Running Team member Megan Kimmel for her first USA Track & Field trail national championship More >

Do You Have What It Takes to Represent the USA?

Check out our video on the US Mountain Running Team.  It’s focused on the Junior Team but it gives anyone a great glimpse into what it’s like to race at the World Mountain Running Championships.

Qualifying for the 2012 US Mountain Running Team

Open Athletes Qualifying Process

Open Athletes qualify for the team by competing at the Team Qualifying Race at the Cranmore Hill Climb on July 21st. The team will then head to Krynica Zdrój, Poland to compete in the 29th Annual World Mountain Running Championships on September 8th.

Team manager Nancy Hobbs, Colorado Springs, CO, team leader Richard Bolt, San Jose, CA, team manager for the juniors Paul Kirsch, Madison, NH, and women’s team manager Ellen Miller, Vail, CO will accompany the team to Poland.

Junior Mountain Team Qualifying Information

Junior team members should see the bottom of this page for complete info on how to qualify.  More >

Nominations Open for USATF MUT Runners of the Year

Nominations open for 2011

USATF Mountain Runners of the Year – Open and Masters

USATF Trail Runners of the Year – Open and Masters

USATF Ultra Runners of the Year – Open and Masters

USATF Mountain/Ultra/Trail Contributor of the Year

The Mountain/Ultra/Trail running (MUT) council of long distance running will select the 2011 USATF Mountain Runners of the year and Ultra Runners of the Year  based on nominations received from interested athletes, coaches, and administrators involved in the sport. The following is the selection criteria for the 2011 USATF Mountain and Ultra Runners of the Year:

1)      Nominated athlete must show top results in U.S. mountain/trail More >

Max on the Podium at the World Championships in Albania

Max King Named USATF Athlete of the Week

Max on the Podium at the World Championships in Albania

For the second time in three weeks, a member of the 2011 US Mountain Running Team has the honor of being named USATF Athlete of the Week.  Two weeks ago it was Kasie Enman and this week, it was Max King after his incredible double win at the USATF 50km Trail Championships followed by the XTERRA Trail Championships the next day.

Read the whole USATF release here