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USATF 24-Hour Running Team named for 2019 World 24 Hour Championships

6/3/2019
 

The USATF Mountain, Ultra, and Trail Council announced the members for the 2019 USATF 24 Hour Team who will compete in the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) World 24 Hour Championship to be held in Albi, France on October 26-27, 2019. An estimated 300 of the world’s top ultra runners from over 30 countries will compete.

 

The USA Women’s Team: (Auto qualifiers followed by list of team members, qualifying distance and qualifying race)

1.) Katalin Nagy, Nassau, Bahamas - (AUTO) 155.729 Miles (250.622Km), 3rd, 2017 IAU World 24 Hour Championship, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 7/2/2017

2.)  Megan Alvarado, Springfield, VA - (AUTO) 140.569 Miles (226.217Km) 2018 North Coast 24 Hour, Cleveland, OH, 9/22/2018

3.)  Camille Herron, Warr Acres, OK - 162.9197 Miles (262.186Km) Desert Solstice, Phoenix, AZ, 12/8/2018

4.)  Courtney Dauwalter, Golden, CO - 159.327 Miles (256.405Km) 2017 Soochow University Ultramarathon, Taipei, Taiwan, 12/3/2017

5.)  Gina Slaby, Callaway, MD - 154.271 Miles (248.276Km) 2017 IAU World 24 Hour Championship, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 7/2/2017

6.)  Pam Smith, Salem, OR – 151.372 Miles (243.355Km) 2017 IAU World 24 Hour Championship, Belfast, Northern. Ireland, 7/2/2017

 

The USA Men’s Team (Auto qualifiers followed by list of team members, qualifying distance and qualifying race)

1.) Olivier Leblond, Arlington, VA - (AUTO) 161.5698 Miles (259.194Km), 2018 North Coast 24 Hour, Cleveland, OH, 9/22/2018

2.) Rich Riopel, Morganville, NJ - 161.8207 Miles (260.4252Km), Dawn to Dusk to Dawn, Philadelphia, PA, 5/11/2019

3.) Jacob Jackson, Loma Linda - 157.589 Miles (253.607Km) Desert Solstice, Phoenix, AZ, 12/8/2018

4.) Steve Slaby, Callaway, MD - 157.032 Miles (252.720Km) 2017 IAU World 24 Hour Championship, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 7/2/2017

5.) Harvey Lewis, Cincinnati, OH, - 156.337 Miles (251.6 Km). Dawn to Dusk to Dawn, Philadelphia, PA, 5/11/2019

6.) Greg Armstrong, Lebanon, TN - 155.106 Miles (249.612Km) Desert Solstice, Phoenix, AZ, 12/8/2018

 

Qualifying Standards and complete list of qualifiers can be found here.

 

The qualifying window for the 2019 team was open from July 2, 2017 through May 27, 2019. A minimum distance of 145 miles for men and 130 miles for women is required for consideration. Qualifying races must be completed on a USATF sanctioned and certified course. Most courses are held on a 400m track or a course less than a mile in distance.

 

The team was selected based on the furthest distances ran during the qualifying window. Megan Alvarado and Olivier Leblond, each received an automatic bid for the 2019 Team due to their wins at the 2018 24 Hour National Championship held at the North Coast 24 Hour race, held in Cleveland, OH on September 22, 2018. Katalin Nagy also earned an auto bid by placing in the top three at the 2017 IAU World 24 Hour Championship in Belfast, Northern Ireland on July 2, 2017.

 

The American women come off gold medal performances in 2013, 2015, and 2017 and will look to make it four in a row in Albi, France. The U.S. Men took gold in 2013 and bronze in 2017 with hopes of returning to the top podium step at the awards ceremony in Albi.

 

“I couldn't be more excited to lead the greatest assembly of American 24 Hour athletes to another IAU World 24 Hour Championship, said Head Coach, Howard Nippert. “These athletes have dedicated their training and racing to the opportunity to wear USA on their chests and compete against the World’s best. Our goal is to be on the podium in Albi, France in October-- and be on one of the high steps!

 

Tracey Outlaw

US 24 Hour Team Social Media

toutlaw1@mac.com

 


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