2022 IAU 100km World Championship – Team USA Selection & Qualifiers

2022 U.S. National 100Km Team Qualifying Standards and List of Current Qualifiers

The USATF 100 Kilometer National Team will compete in the 2022 International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) 100 Kilometer World Championship under the patronage of the IAAF on a date and location to be determined (Note that this event has an “even year” occurrence).

The annual 100 Kilometer World Championship race is the one international venue at which USA Track & Field (USATF) has fielded an ultra-distance team for over two decades.

The United States will be represented by the USATF 100 Kilometer Team of up to six men and up to six women ultramarathon runners. The team and alternates will be selected by the Executive Committee of the USATF Mountain, Ultra, and Trail Running (MUT) Council.

Timeline

Due to COVID disruptions, for the 2022 World 100 kilometer championships only the qualifying window will be from January 1, 2021 until three months before the scheduled 2022 race. If no race is scheduled for 2022, the qualifying window will be adjusted forward.

Qualifying window Friday 01/01/2021 – to Sunday 6/19/2022**
Team Selection Monday-Tuesday, 6/20-21/2022**
Team Announced Wednesday, 6/22/2022**

** Dates subject to change pending actual 2022 date of 100K World Championships

Standards for Consideration for 2022 U.S. National 100 Kilometer Team

To be considered for the USA 100 Kilometer National Team, American runners must be citizens of the United States of America, current USATF members and meet one of the following qualifying standards as well as other eligibility requirements.

  1. American athletes who finish in the top -3 men or women at the 2020 IAU 100 Km World Championship will receive automatic team selection for 2022. (qualification valid for the next following World Championship only). The IAU 100K World Championships were cancelled in 2020 due to COVID.
  2. Time performances of American athletes from the 2020 IAU 100Km World Championship having met time standards (See #4 below) will qualify for consideration for 2022. The IAU 100K World Championships were cancelled in 2020 due to COVID.
  3. The winner of the 2022 USA 100 Km National Championship (if contested) will receive automatic team selection provided time standards (See #4 below) are met. (qualification valid for the next following World Championship only, in this case for 2022)
  4. Athletes who meet the following qualifying standards within the specified qualifying window (beginning December 15, 2020) will be selected into the pool: Road 100km: Sub 7:20:00 (Men) or Sub 8:40:00 (Women); Road 50 Mile: Sub 5:40:00 (Men) or Sub 6:40:00 (Women).
  5. Those who meet the respective qualifying standards at any of the following three well established races also will be considered.
    • JFK 50 Mile (11/20/2022): Sub 6:00:00 (Men) or Sub 7:00:00 (Women)
    • Comrades Marathon (6/13/2021 and 6/??/2022): Sub 6:25 (Men) or Sub 7:25 (Women)
    • Tussey Mountainback 50 miler (10/24/2021): Sub 5:50 (Men) or Sub 6:50 (Women)

NOTE TO Athletes and RD’s:

  1. Events suitable for qualifying must be USATF Certified for distance (or NGB)
  2. Events must be USATF Sanctioned (USATF Rules upheld)– not limited to, but including 144.3 (Assistance To Athletes) and 163.6 (a) Leaving the Track, Field, or Course)
  3. Qualifying Marks must take place in official competitions (Refer to USATF Rule Book 262.3 (a) where “Qualifying” may interchange with “Record”)

See the List of Current Qualifiers (below) of athletes who have met at least one of the criteria above.

Team Selection Process

Athletes will be named to the team from the team selection pool using the following procedures:

  1. Athletes will be named to the team based on the order of the criteria above until all the team spots are filled. Priority will be assigned to 100 Km road performances, as that is the actual race distance, but 50 mile road, and other designated race performances (see above), will be evaluated by the Executive Committee of Mountain, Ultra, and Trail Council of USATF and the performance deemed superior overall will have precedence. Athletes not automatically selected to the team through standards 1 and/or 3 above will be selected according to best performances within qualifying guidelines.
  2. If fewer than 6 athletes achieve the qualifying standards for consideration, no fewer than 4 athletes (three scoring and one additional) will be named based on performance.
  3. If more than 6 athletes achieve the qualifying standards for consideration, up to 3 alternates (i.e., 6 team members and 3 alternates) will be named sequentially based on performance.
  4. Alternates must meet the same standards for consideration based on performance. Alternates are encouraged to prepare, as they may be named to compete at any time if one of the other team members is unable to compete.

Current Qualifiers (As of 1/30/2021)

WOMEN

Criterion 1 (Top 3 at 2020 100 km WC (AUTO)) Not applicable for 2022. 2020 IAU 100K World Championship was cancelled due to COVID

Criterion 2 (Meeting Time Standards at 2020 IAU World 100Km Championship) Not applicable for 2022. 2020 IAU 100K World Championship was cancelled due to COVID

Criterion 3 (WC calendar year National Champion (AUTO))

Criterion 4 (Time- 50 Mile/100K)

Criterion 5 (Specified Races)

  • Nicole Monette 7:43:18, HOKA Project Carbon X2, Chandler, Arizona, 1/23/2021
  • Courtney Olsen 7:55:01, HOKA Project Carbon X2, Chandler, Arizona, 1/23/2021

MEN

Criterion 1 (Top-3 at 2020 100 km WC) (AUTO) Not applicable for 2022. 2020 IAU 100K World Championship was cancelled due to COVID

Criterion 2 (Meeting Time Standards at 2020 IAU World 100Km Championship) Not applicable for 2022. 2020 IAU 100K World Championship was cancelled due to COVID

Criterion 3 (WC calendar year National Champion (AUTO))

Criterion 4 (Time- 50 Mile/100K)

Criterion 5 (Specified Races)

  • Jim Walmsley 6:09:26, HOKA Project Carbon X2, Chandler, Arizona, 1/23/2021
  • Rajpaul Pannu 6:28:31, HOKA Project Carbon X2, Chandler, Arizona, 1/23/2021
  • Kris Brown 6:39:14, HOKA Project Carbon X2, Chandler, Arizona, 1/23/2021
  • Craig Hunt 6:55:42, HOKA Project Carbon X2, Chandler, Arizona, 1/23/2021

Important Dates

Qualifying performance time frame: Friday 01/01/2021 – to Sunday 6/19/2022**
Friday 12/18/2020 – to Sunday 6/14/2022**
Team Selected: Monday – Tuesday 6/120-21/2022**
Team Announced: Wednesday 6/22/2022**

** Dates subject to change pending actual 2022 date of 100K World Championships

Athlete confirmation to US 100K team: no later than June 30, 2021. No team athlete substitutions after 3 weeks prior to 100K 2022 World Championship date

All athletes must be current USATF members, U.S. citizens, and have a passport valid through May 1, 2023.

Team uniforms will be provided by USATF. If an athlete qualifies for the team but cannot make the trip due to injury or any other circumstance, the uniform must be returned to USATF.

Team members will receive funding from USA Track & Field and the LOC with the exact reimbursement amount TBA. We do know that this team will not be fully funded with these resources.

Questions should be sent to Lin Gentling (lsgentling@charter.net). Athletes who earn spots at the 2022 USA 100K Team must confirm their acceptance of a team spot no later than June 30, 2022.

Please notify lsgentling@charter.net of any missing qualifying performance or errors in reporting of performances.

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