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

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Max King wins 50km Trail Champs, then wins XTERRA Champs the next day

2011 World Mountain Running Champion, Max King, of Bend, OR, added two more titles to his incredible year, with back to back wins at the USA Trail 50km Championships in Bend, Oregon on Saturday, followed by a win at the XTERRA National Championships on Sunday in Ogden, Utah.  The races started exactly 24 hours apart, with Bend getting on a plane to Salt Lake City, UT at 2PM on Saturday.

At the XTERRA race, King bested a field of top national and international runners with a time of 1:17:59 on the 21km mountain course in Ogden, UT.

XTERRA Results

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2 Time Mt. Team Member Andrew Bendford to run Izumo Ekiden

Andrew Benford, University of Richmond standout, and the only US Mountain Team member to race on both the Junior and Senior Mountain Running Teams, has been named to the USA squad who will race the Ekiden in Izumo, Japan.  Good luck to Andrew and Team USA.  Below are all the details courtesy of Steve Taylor.

http://stevetaylor7.blogspot.com/2011/09/andrew-benford-selected-to-usa-team-for.html

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World Champ Max King Pulls a Double This Weekend

Only a few weeks since he bested the World at the 2011 World Mountain Running Championships, Max King will attempt to win two races this weekend, one in his hometown of Bend, Oregon and one in Ogden, Utah.  The first is the USA 50km Trail Championships, which takes place at 8AM at Mt. Bachelor Ski Area right outside of Bend.   After King finishes the race, he’ll hop on a plane to Salt Lake City and then head over to Ogden, Utah for the XTERRA Trail Championships which take place on Sunday, exactly 24 hours after the 50km race.  It’s not an More >

Video from the World Mountain Running Championships

We’re in the process of putting together some video from the race but, in the meantime, check out this really great video from the Italian Team. If you go to the 4 minute mark or the 6 minute mark, you can see how insane some of the downhill was from the race.

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Photos from the World Mountain Running Championships

Team Leader Richard Bolt has compiled the best of the best photos from the 2011 World Mountain Running Championships.  This includes photos from the race, open and closing ceremonies as well as the team’s visit to the US Embassy in Tirana, Albania.  It was a historic year for the US Team with individual gold medals for both the men and the women.   Congratulations to all of the team members and a big thank you to all of our supporters as well.

You can check out the photos by clicking on the photo of Kasie Enman on the right:

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USA Wins Double Gold at World Mountain Running Championships

USA Wins Double Gold at World Mountain Running Championships

Max King and Kasie Enman Crowned World Champions in Tirana, Albania

Tirana, Albania – September 11 – The USA set the bar at the 27th World Mountain Running Championships held today, September 11, in Tirana, Albania, showcased by the gold-medal performances of Huntingdon, Vermont’s Kasie Enman and Bend, Oregon’s Max King.

“In my nine years as team leader, I’ve never been more proud of our athletes than I am today,” said Richard Bolt, “Kasie and Max’s performances blew me away. They made winning a World Championship look easy.”

“This is the first time I have represented More >

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Support our Team with a commemorative Team Shirt

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We’ve received such positive feedback from our team members on this year’s commemorative shirts that we also wanted to give supporters of our team a chance to buy them.  100% of the proceeds of the sale of these shirts will go to help fund the US Mountain Running Team.  Only $19.99 including shipping (free shipping included only in the US- contact Paul Kirsch about costs of shipping outside the USA).

To order a shirt, contact Junior Team Manager Paul Kirsch at pkirsch2@gmail.com and he’ll provide you with all of the ordering details.

Thanks to all of you for your support More >