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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

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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.