Men’s and women’s American teams will again travel to compete in the longest contested running foot-race in the world at the 2013 International Association of Ultrarunning (IAU) World 24-Hour Championships Saturday and Sunday in Steenbergen, the Netherlands.
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The women’s American team returns two top ten finishers for last year’s gold medal winning team, which includes individual silver medalist Connie Gardner (Medina, Ohio). Gardner is a 12-time USA Ultra Marathon champion and a two-time USATF Female Ultra Runner of the Year. She set the women’s American record in last year’s event of 149.3 miles.
Suzanna Bon (Sonoma, Calif.) will also compete in the women’s race. A personal best at 143.58 miles, she is the course record holder at the Angeles Crest 100-mile in 19:32:19.
Sabrina Little (Waco, Texas) and Traci Falbo (Charleston, Ind.) will add more depth to the women’s team. Little was the 2012 USA 24-Hour Run national champion and brings the second highest mileage total in the event in qualifying at 147.92 miles. Falbo, the 2012 Freedom Park 24-Hour run overall winner, holds a personal best of 137.98 miles.
Rounding out the women are national 24-hour age group record holder and six-time national team member Deb Horn (Shaker Heights, Ohio), who holds a personal best of 134.449 miles and Carilyn Johnson (El Paso, Texas), who holds a personal best of 130.92 miles and is a four-time national team member.
The men’s team looks to fill the void left from defending world champion and American record holder Mike Morton, who is recovering from injury.
Headlining the group is Joe Fejes (Hoschton, Ga.), who holds a personal best of 156.62 miles, and Harvey Lewis (Cincinnati, Ohio) with a personal best of 148.9 miles and was a member of the 2012 World 24-Hour Championships team that won a bronze medal.
Jon Olsen (Modesto, Calif.), who holds a personal best of 158.5 miles and is the 2012 USA 24-Hour Run champion, will also be a part of the team along with newcomers Nick Coury (Phoenix, Ariz.) and John Dennis (Tokoma Park, Md.). Coury holds a personal best of 139.7 miles and Dennis a personal best of 139.416.
Howard Nippert will serve as the team’s leader and Mike Spinnler will serve as assistant leader.
The race will take place on a 2200-meter (1.4 mile) loop through the streets of Steenbergen, the Netherlands, beginning at 12 p.m. (6 a.m. Eastern Time) and run through thru 12 p.m. Sunday (6 a.m. Eastern Time).