2018 International Youth Mountain Running Cup – Team USA Selection

This year marks the 13th edition of the WMRA International Mountain Running Youth Cup. This year’s course is an up/down hill circuit. Estimated distance is between 4.5 and 5.5 kilometers. Distance and course details will be included in early 2018.

This event provides an excellent opportunity for talented young runners to experience not only international competition, but also camaraderie with youth from around the globe.

Venue: Lanzada, Italy, located in the Sondrio region approximately 90 miles NE from Milan
Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Trip Duration: Typically travel from the USA departing Wednesday, June 13 to arrive on June 14. Course preview on June 14-15, race on June 16, depart on June 17.

Some videos about the organizers and past mountain events hosted at Lanzada:
http://www.sportivalanzada.it/italiani2017/index.html

For team consideration, the junior athlete:

  • Must be a current USA Track & Field (USATF) member (for 2018)
  • Must be at least 16 and not yet 18 in the year of competition.
  • Must have posted a 16:45 or better (junior boys) and 19:30 or better (junior girls) in a 5km road or cross country event. (Equivalent times – from an alternate race distance that translates to the aforementioned time criteria – will be considered for distances other than 5km.)
  • Must have experience running (in training and preferably racing) on courses similar to the event.
  • Must be mature, motivated, with a positive attitude to proudly represent the United States and sponsors internationally, under the rules of USATF and the event governing bodies.
  • A letter of recommendation from a coach, parent, or mentor-runner must accompany the athlete resume.
  • The team will be comprised of up to (6) members, 3 junior girls and 3 junior boys with two staff members.

Resumes (including road, trail, track, and cross country results and current training info) will be accepted through April 1. Send resume and recommendation to: Nancy Hobbs, nanohobbs@gmail.com and Mark Weeks, weekies@msn.com. Team will be announced by April 15, 2018. This is a partially funded USATF team and there is a small stipend from the WMRA for travel. Accommodations (3 nights) and meals, as well as transfers to/from the airport are covered by the local organizing committee. Uniforms are provided by USATF. (If an athlete makes the team but can’t make the trip due to injury or any other circumstance, the uniform must be returned to USATF).

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