Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team Set to Depart for World Championships

Colorado Springs, CO --- The Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team will compete in the 25th World Mountain Running Championships in Campodolcino, Italy, on Sunday, September 6, 2009. Campodolcino is located in the province of Sondrio in the Lombardy region located approximately 100 kilometers north of Milan. This year’s team will arrive at the race venue in Italy on Thursday, September 3 and includes the following athletes: (*Ages are listed at time of World Championships)

Senior Men: Joseph Gray, 25, Lakewood, WA; Zac Freudenberg, 31, St. Louis, MO; Matt Byrne, 34, Scranton, PA; Tim Parr, 27, Gunnison, CO, Andrew Benford, 22, Ravenswood, VA, and Rickey Gates, 28, Boulder, CO.

Senior Women: Christine Lundy, 39, Sausalito, CA, Megan Kimmel, 29, Silverton, CO, Megan Lund, 25, Basalt, CO, and Brandy Erholtz, 32, Bailey, CO.

Junior Men: Tim Smith, 19, Roanoke, VA; Brandon Lord, 17, Hixson, TN; Dan Nafziger, 18, Harrisonburg, VA; Brian Rooney, 19, Arlington, VA

Junior Women: Megan Morgan, 17, Del Mar, CA; Alex Dent, 16, Scott Depot, WV; and Robyn Arnold, 16, Redlands, CA.

This year’s races are held on an up/down loop course (as opposed to even-numbered years when the events are held on uphill-only courses) with the senior men running approximately 13.02 km, the senior women and junior men running a distance slightly over 8.68 km, while the junior women run approximately 4.34 km.

The women’s team includes four athletes with the top three finishers scoring for the team. Six athletes will represent the men’s team with the top four finishers scoring. The junior men’s team includes four athletes with the top three scoring while the junior women’s team is comprised of three athletes with the top two scoring. Team manager Nancy Hobbs, Colorado Springs, CO, team leader Richard Bolt, Portland, Oregon, team manager for the juniors Dave Dunham, Bradford, MA, and women’s team manager Ellen Miller, Vail, CO will accompany the team to Italy.

At the USATF annual convention in Reno, NV, on December 6, the Mountain Ultra Trail Running (MUT) Council chose two races from which automatic qualifiers to the U.S. team will be selected. The USA Mountain Running Championships were hosted at Mt. Cranmore (11km) on June 28 in North Conway, NH. The top three U.S. men – Gray, Freudenberg, and Byrne – and the top U.S. woman finisher – Lundy – earned automatic berths on the team.

The Cheyenne Canon Mountain Race in Colorado Springs, CO, was the site of the second and final selection race on July 26 (approximately 8km for women and juniors and 12km for men) where the top two U.S. men – Parr and Benford – and the top two U.S. women – Kimmel and Lund – earned automatic berths.

After the final selection race, the remaining members of the senior squad, (one male - Gates, one female - Erholtz), were chosen by the Mountain Ultra Trail Council with input from the team staff based on results at the selection races, past World Trophy events, national and international racing experience including mountain, road, cross country, and track.

The junior team members were selected based on their running resumes and required a letter of support from a coach, parent, or mentor. Junior athletes must be at least 16 and not yet 20 in the year of competition.

To see how the team is doing at the World Mountain Running Championships you can follow us on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/usmrt

Sponsors of the 2009 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team include title sponsor Teva, the official footwear of the team since 2002, SportHill is the official apparel sponsor providing team uniforms, OrthoLite Insoles, the world’s leading supplier of open cell foam insoles in the performance and footwear category is the official insole, Fleet Feet Sports Boulder, the official specialty running store, Windermere of Teton Valley, the official real estate company, Wicked Fast Sports Nutrition, the official dietary supplements for pre-exercise energy/endurance (Energ-Ease) and post-exercise recovery (Recover-Ease), and product sponsors ALCiS topical pain relief cream, ground bags and duffels, Tech 4o watches, KINeSYS performance sunscreen, CW-X conditioning tights, FuelBelt, Inc., hydration products, Costa Del Mar performance sunglasses, and Youth Runner magazine.


Nano said...

Arrived in Milan yesterday and rode by car with Brandy and Joe to the venue. Stopped in Chiavanna first at the tourist office. This is where the parade will be on Saturday night. It is a village about 10km from Campodolcino (50km from St. Moritz, Switzerland). Campodolcino is a lovely and quaint village of about 800 residents. Heading up the roadway (there is one really winding road -- old way to get up to Madesimo), and a newer roadway -- not as many switchbacks. There is much hydro electric power in the area with lots of water/waterfalls coming off the mountain. Madesimo is known for its winter activities -- ie: skiing. Motto, where the race course is located is about 2-3km from Madesimo. This is the end of the road -- doesn't go anywhere beyond here. One can hike further and probably make the Swiss border and beyond. Brandy and Joe ran the course today -- Joe also got on the course yesterday. Lots of climbing -- some gnarly footing in spots, single track...good downhills and incredible views if one stops to enjoy. The weather has been beautiful here -- cool temps in the morning and at night. Milan is super warm this time of year so a nice change to be in the "mountains." We await the arrival of the rest of the team tomorrow. It's about 2 hour drive from Milan to race site. The hotel for Team USA is perfect location. The village is cobblestoned streets in spots, beautiful gardens. Heading out for another run in Campodolcino before cooking dinner in tonight. Also have been working on much WMRA business. Jet lag not so bad...yet.

Nano said...

Most of our Team USA athletes have arrived in Madesimo in time for dinner tonight at Hotel Emet. Some of the juniors going out for a run to get their land legs back after a long flight and then 2 hour bus ride from Milan. Weather is socked in, but not raining. Mountains aren't visible in the distance. This is a lovely little village...quiet and pleasant.