The 2013 U.S. Mountain Running Team will compete at the 29th World Mountain Running Championships on Sunday, September 8, in Krynica – Zdrój, Poland. The race courses will run through the Jaworzyna Mountain starting on a downhill and running down /up over loop trail and mountain terrain. There are both junior and senior categories for the competition with 37 countries slated to compete. In order to compete as a junior athlete, the individual must be at least 16 in the year of competition and not yet 20.

The senior women and the junior men will race 9 kilometers, the junior women will race 4.65 kilometers, while the senior men will race 13.56 kilometers. The senior women and junior men can run up to four with the top three scoring for the team whereas the junior women can run up to three with the top two scoring. The senior men can run up to six on the team with the top four scoring.

The senior women’s squad includes newcomer to the team Magdalena Lewy-Boulet, 40, Oakland, CA, and veteran mountain team members Megan Kimmel, 33, Silverton, CO, Christine Lundy, 42, Sausalito, CA, and Megan Lizotte (formerly Lund), 29, Basalt, CO.

The senior men’s team includes Joe Gray, 29, Renton, WA, Max King, 33, Bend, OR, Glenn Randall, 27, Mesa, CO, Zachary Ornelas, 22, Ann Arbor, MI, Ryan Hafer, 27, Colorado Springs, CO, and Alex Nichols, 28, Colorado Springs, CO. Gray, King, and Randall are all former team members.

The junior men’s squad includes Jordan Chavez, 19, Southlake, TX, who will enter his sophomore year at the University of Richmond this fall, Cal Deline, 17, Vail, CO, who will enter his senior year at Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy in the fall, John Lawson, 18, Forest Knolls, CA, who will attend UCLA in the fall, Danny Martinez, 19, Alhambra, CA, who will enter his sophomore year at the University of Portland – Portland – this fall.

The junior women’s squad includes Emma Abrahamson, 16, Carlsbad, CA, who will enter her senior year at La Costa Canyon High School in the fall, Mandy Ortiz, 18, Eagle, CO, who will enter her freshman year at University of Colorado at Boulder in the fall, and Tabor Scholl, 16, who will attend West Grand High School in the fall as a junior.

Follow the team on Twitter @USMRT and learn more about the U.S. mountain running program at this link.

Each athlete is a member of USATF, the national governing body for the sport, which provides partial funding and team uniforms to the team. Additional funds are raised through the American Trail Running Association (ATRA), a Colorado not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to represent and promote trail and mountain running. Donations to the team are 100% tax deductible and can be made payable to ATRA (earmarked for the USMRT), PO Box 9454, Colorado Springs, CO 80932.