Qualifying for the Team

Open Athletes Qualifying Process

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Open Athletes qualify for the team by competing at the USA Mountain Running Championships held in conjunction with the Loon Mountain Race on July 6.  The top 6 men and top 4 women will be selected to the team.  Athletes must also be USATF members and U.S. citizens.

The team will then head to Casette di Massa, Italy to compete in the 30th Annual World Mountain Running Championships on September 14th.

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

Junior Mountain Team Qualifying Information

Junior team members should see the bottom of this page for complete info on how to qualify.  They are not required to compete at the Qualifier races although it is encouraged to help provide them with mountain running experience. To learn more about qualifying for the 2014 Junior Team, please contact Junior Team Manager Paul Kirsch at pkirsch2 at gmail.com. Deadline for submitting resumes is end of June.

The junior men’s team includes a maximum of four runners with the top three scoring. The junior women’s team is comprised of a maximum of three runners with the top two scoring. Junior team members are not required to compete at the Qualifier races although it is encouraged to help provide them with mountain running experience.

Junior runners should submit a running “resume” including personal bests and noteworthy performances. Junior men should have a 16:45 or better 5 km road or XC time and Junior women should have a time of 19:30 or better. Equivalent times from alternate race distances will be considered. In addition Junior’s must supply a letter of recommendation from a parent/guardian or coach. All runners must be current USATF members and US Citizens.

Age Requirements Junior athletes must be between the ages of 16 and 19 on December 31, 2014 to be eligible.

Learn more about the team

If you are an athlete who would like to learn more about the team, please contact one of the Team Representatives.

If you would like more information on hosting a future Mountain Team Qualifying Race, please contact the USATF MUT Championships Chair, Paul Kirsch.

Contact information:

Nancy Hobbs:  trlrunner at aol.com

Richard Bolt: richardabolt at gmail.com

Ellen Miller:  alpineellen at hotmail.com

Paul Kirsch:  pkirsch2 at gmail.com