Qualifying for the Team

Senior US Mountain Running Team Selection Criteria – 2015

The U.S. Mountain Running Championships, to be held at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon on Saturday, July 25, 2015, will be the sole selection race for the U.S. Mountain Running Team where the top six men and top four women to finish will earn berths to the team (provided they are USATF members and eligible to represent USA in international competition). The event in Bend also serves as the 2nd annual Collegiate Mountain Running Championships.


wales-2015The U.S. Mountain Running Team will compete at the 2015 World Mountain Running Championships which will be held in Betws Y Coed, Wales, on Saturday, September 19, 2015. http://wmrcwales.org/

If you are interested in learning more about the team, contact USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Council chairperson Nancy Hobbs atnanohobbs@gmail.com; U.S. Mountain Running Team Leader Richard Bolt at richardabolt@gmail.com; U.S. Mountain Running Women’s Team Manager Ellen Miller at alpineellen@gmail.com; or U.S. Manager of the Junior Team Paul Kirsch at pkirsch2@gmail.com.



Junior US Mountain Running Team Selection Criteria – 2015

Athletes ages 16-19, who are interested in the Junior Mountain Running Team, need not run a qualifying race. It is however encouraged that junior athletes train and/or race in a mountain running environment/race to help provide them with the necessary experience to excel in the sport. 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 along with a letter of support from their Fall 2015 coach and a parent.  Junior men should have a16:45 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 juniors must supply a letter of recommendation from a parent/guardian or coach. All runners must be current USATF members and U.S. citizens.

Junior Age Requirement: Junior athletes must be between the ages of 16 and 19 on December 31, 2015 to be eligible to compete on the 2015 U.S. Junior Mountain Running Team.

To learn more about qualifying for the 2015 Junior Team, please contact Junior Team Manager Paul Kirsch at pkirsch2 at gmail.com. Deadline for submitting resumes is July 15, 2015.


2015 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships– U.S. Team Qualification

Note, this is a different team than the US Mountain Running Team mentioned above. To learn the 2015 Qualifications for this squad, go here.