Qualifying for the Team



Senior US Mountain Running Team Selection Criteria – 2016

The U.S. Mountain Running Championships location and date will be decided at the USATF 2015 Annual Convention in December. After it is finalized we will post more information about the event. The championships 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 U.S. Mountain Running Team will compete at the 2016 World Mountain Running Championships which will be held in Sapareva Banya, Bulgaria on September 4, 2016. The race will be an uphill only event in 2016.

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 – 2016

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 fill out the application form below, including personal bests and noteworthy performances. 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, 2016 to be eligible to compete on the 2016 U.S. Junior Mountain Running Team.

To apply for the Junior Team please fill out this form and Team Manager Paul Kirsch will be in touch with you.


Curious about the Junior Mountain Running Team? Check out this video