February 12, 2005
2005 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team Selection Process
The Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team will compete in the 21st World Mountain Running Trophy in Wellington, New Zealand on Sunday, September 25. Additionally an open race competition will be held on September 25 prior to the World Trophy junior and senior events. This year's Trophy races are uphill/downhill events (as opposed to even-numbered years when the events are held on uphill courses) with the senior men running 13.5km, the senior women and junior men running 9.1km, and the junior women running 4.7km. The team is sponsored by Teva, the title sponsor and official footwear of the team, and SportHill apparel. Teva has been the title sponsor of the team since 2002 and we are pleased to welcome SportHill this year, the first year as an official team sponsor.
The women's team includes four athletes and an alternate with the top three finishers scoring for the team. Six athletes and an alternate represent the men's team with the top four finishers scoring. The junior men's team includes a maximum of four with top three scoring while the junior women's team is a maximum of three with the top two scoring. The alternates will run in the Open race, or should another athlete be unable to compete, in the Trophy race. Team leader Richard Bolt, Nashua, New Hampshire and junior team manager Tom Borschel, Idaho Falls, ID will accompany the team to New Zealand.
At the USATF annual convention in Portland, Oregon in December 2004, the Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) Council chose four races from which automatic qualifiers to the U.S. team will be selected.
There will be prize money at several of these events and the Teva Spring RunOff also serves as the second annual North American Central American Caribbean Championships (NACAC).
The remaining members of the squad, (one male, one female plus alternates for both teams), will be selected by the MUT Council based on results at the selection races, past World Trophy events, national and international racing experience including mountain, road, cross country, and track. The heaviest weight will be placed on finishes in the selection races. To be considered for the team all team members must be current USATF members prior to running a selection race. Interested athletes should submit running resumes to:
The team will be selected based on the following criteria (Note: Must be current USATF members prior to the selection race):
The remaining team members will be selected by the 15-member USATF Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) Council based on:
Juniors Team Selection - 2005 Teva US Mountain Running Team
For team consideration, the junior athlete:
Resumes (including road, trail, track, and cross country results and current training info) will be accepted through July 15th. Late breaking information and results can be added until August 10th. Team members will be announced by August 15, 2005.
Each Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team Member receives the following:
For additional information visit the websites listed below:
USA Trail Running Championships (Spring RunOff) www.tevamountaingames.com
Northfield Mountain Race www.usatfne.org
Teva Devil's Race http://www.trailrun.wors.org/
Mt. Cranmore www.whitemountainmilers.com
World Mountain Running Association www.wmra.info
USA Track & Field www.usatf.org
World Mountain Trophy 2005 www.mountainrunning.org.nz/
All American Trail Running Association www.trailrunner.com
SportHill Clothing www.sporthill.com