US Team Selection Criteria for 2018 NACAC Mountain Running Championships

The 15th annual North American, Central American & Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championships will held in conjunction with the Loon Mountain Race on July 8, 2018 in Lincoln, NH. This event will also serve as the 2018 US Mountain Running Team selection race and USATF Mountain Running Championships. The uphill-style course will be 10.6 km in length and climb 975 meters on the ski slopes of the Loon Mountain Resort. The USA Team Leader will be announced soon; in the interim, contact nanohobbs@gmail.com or richardbolt@trailrunner.com with any questions about this team.

The goal of this team selection criteria is to reward top performances by US athletes at last years World Mountain Running Championships (WMRC), last years NACAC Mountain Running Championships and to provide development opportunities for elite juniors and open athletes in international competition.

National team uniforms will be provided by USA Track & Field. (If an athlete qualifies for the team but can’t make the trip due to injury or any other circumstance, the uniform must be returned to USATF). There is currently no funding for this team.

The top 3 men & women at the 2017 NACAC Mountain Running Championships in Golden, Canada.

2018 selection criteria:

  • A Standard: US athletes at the 2017 WMRC in order of finish. (4 men/4 women)
  • B Standard: Top 2 US junior athletes at the 2017 WMRC. (2 men/2 women)
  • C Standard: Top 2 US athletes at the 2017 NACAC Mountain Running Championships. (2 men/2 women)
  • D Standard: 5th and 6th place athletes at 2017 USATF Mountain Running Championships. (2 men/2 women)

This criteria creates a pool of 10 men and 10 women to fill a team of 4 men and 4 women. To fill team spots the selection committee will go down the list of athletes in performance and criteria order until all spots are filled. The 2018 team will be announced by April 1, 2018.

Click here to see more Team USA photos from the 2017 NACAC Mountain Running Championships.

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