Contact: Nancy Hobbs, (719) 573-4133, American Trail Running Association trlrunner@aol.com

August 2, 2009 – For Immediate Release

Nancy Hobbs (Manager, Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team): (719) 573-4133 trlrunner@aol.com 

2009 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team Announced Today

Colorado Springs, CO --- The Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team will compete in the 25th World Mountain Running Championships in Campodolcino, Italy on 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 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.

      Bios on the aforementioned athletes and photos will be distributed later this week.

 

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.

 

For additional information visit the websites listed below:

 

World Mountain Running Association                             www.wmra.info

World Mountain Running Championships                        www.wmrc2009.org

USA Track & Field                                                       www.usatf.org

American Trail Running Association                               www.trailrunner.com

USA Mountain Running Championships              www.whitemountainmilers.com

Tech4o                                                                         www.tech4o.com

Teva                                                                             www.teva.com

SportHill Clothing                                                          www.sporthill.com

KINeSYS, Inc.                                                             www.kinesys.com

CW-X Conditioning Wear                                              www.cw-x.com

ALCiS                                                                          www.alcis.com

Costa Del Mar                                                              www.costadelmar.com

Windermere                                                                  www.juliebryan.mywindermere.com

Fleet Feet Sports-Boulder                                              www.fleetfeetboulder.com

Wicked Fast Sports Nutrition                                          www.recover-ease.com

OrthoLite                                                                      www.ortholitefoam.com

FuelBelt                                                                        www.fuelbelt.com

groundÔ                                                                       www.groundwear.com

Youth Runner                                                               www.youthrunner.com

 

 

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