2023 Challenge Stellina International Meeting of Nations – U.S. Team Selection

The 34th edition of Challenge Stellina, a 14.3K uphill race with 1500 meters of climb, will take place Sunday, August 27, 2023, in Susa, Italy.

For 2023, the race will host for the second consecutive year, an international competition for athletics federations from countries that fought on the side of the allies in World War II to share history and promote peace. This “International Meeting of Nations” will be sanctioned by the Italian Athletics Federation (FIDAL).

Venue: Susa, Italy
Website: https://www.stellinarace.it/en
Date: Sunday, August 27

Three athletes are allowed per team (3 men; 3 women) per nation, and two athletes per team (the top 2 men; top 2 women) score for the team result. There are individual and team awards.

U.S. Team Selection

Top man / woman at the 2023 USATF Vertical Mountain Running Championships /Mt. Sunapee Scramble on April 29 – Grayson Murphy and Joseph Gray. The top man/woman at the 2023 Broken Arrow Skyrace Vertical Kilometer (VK) on June 16 – Anna Gibson and Darren Thomas. The third spot will be filled from resume submissions. Resumes are due July 12. Send resumes to Nancy Hobbs ([email protected]). Any automatic team spots not accepted by the winners of Mt Sunapee or Broken Arrow will be filled from resume submissions.

The team will be announced by July 16.

Team USA athlete eligibility requirements: Athletes must be a 2023 USA Track & Field (USATF) member and eligible to represent Team USA in international competition.

Funding: This team is partially funded by the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) and the local organizing committee (LOC). National team uniforms will be provided by USA Track & Field.

Trip Duration: Team travel from the United States to Italy will depart Thursday, August 24, and arrive on Friday, August 25. Course preview will take place on August 25 and 26. The race is on August 27. Team departure will be on Monday, August 28, for a total of 3 nights lodging (meals and lodging and transport to/from Turin airport are provided by LOC). Team members are welcome to arrive earlier and stay longer, but will need to provide their own lodging and transportation to and from the venue/airport. Susa is located 66 kilometers from Turin airport and 185 km from Milan-Malpensa (MXP) airport. The airport for arrival TBD either Turin (TRN), or Milan-Malpensa (MXP).

Want to learn more about Challenge Stellina? Read the following articles from years past:

August 2022 – Joseph Gray and Grayson Murphy Win Italy’s Challenge Stellina
August 2022 – Looking Back 30 Years – Dave Dunham’s Challenge Stellina
July 2022 – America’s Best Mountain Runners Return to Challenge Stellina
August 2018 – Norway’s Bugge and Ireland’s McCormack win the 2018 Memorial Partigiani Stellina
August 2018 – Stellina 2018 – Italian Mountain Running Classic Celebrates 30 years