WMRA Long Distance ChallengeSaturday, August 16
Manitou Springs, CO
The 11th annual World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge will be hosted by the Pikes Peak Ascent on Saturday, August 16, 2014, in Manitou Springs, CO. Athletes interested in competing in the event for Team USA will have the opportunity to make this year’s 10-member squad. Selection criteria was approved by USATF’s Mountain Ultra Trail executive committee on March 5, 2014, and includes races in Colorado and New England.
The World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge is regulated by the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) under the patronage of the IAAF. The first World Long Distance Mountain Challenge was held at Sierre-Zinal in Switzerland in 2004. Since then, the event has been hosted primarily in Europe, but also in the U.S. with the Pikes Peak Marathon hosting in 2006, and the Pikes Peak Ascent in 2010.
The first team competition took place in 2009. The U.S. Women have won the team title twice and the individual title twice. The U.S. Men have one gold and one silver team titles, along with two individual titles. The U.S. team consists of 5 women and 5 men.