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December 9, 2005

Mountain/Ultra/Trail Council Announces 2005 USA National Championships

If you enjoy running off the beaten path or extending your limits, the Mountain/Ultra/Trail (MUT) Running Council of USATF invites you to participate in the 2005 MUT National Championships. The MUT championship races offer unique locales, beautiful scenery, and challenges beyond the typical road race for open and masters runners. From the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rainier, and the San Francisco Headlands to Pennsylvania's rural roads, runners can explore new terrains and attempt new distances while competing in a National Championship race.

Offering USA National Championships for mountain, ultra, and trail running reflects the growth of these running disciplines in the United States. MUT has been offering championship races in these disciplines since its inception in 1998. The 2005 championship schedule offers mountain, trail, and ultra races of varying distances and terrains. Join the fun and competition at one or more of these great events!

The following events have been selected by the MUT Council as the 2005 USA MUT Championships for open and masters athletes.

2005 MUT Championships

Race Name

Race Date


Contact Info

TEVA Spring Runoff

Gore-Tex USA 10 km Trail Championship

June 4,


Vail, CO

Joe Blair
Untraditional Marketing


Mohican 100 Trail Run

USA 100 Mile Trail Championship


June 17, 2005 Loudonville, OH Bob Strong 230 South Water St Loudonville, OH 44842



White River 50 

USA 50 Mile Trail Championship

July 30,



*also 2006

Crystal Mountain, WA

Scott McCoubrey
Seattle Running Co.
919 E. Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98122



Golden Headlands 50K

USA 50 km Trail Championship


August 27,
Sausalito, CA Peter Franks
P.O. Box 26052
San Francisco, CA 94126

415-381-4363 (eve)
415-667-4257 (day)  


Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile 

USA 50 Mile Road Championship

October 15, 2005 Boalsburg, PA Mike Casper
103 E Hamilton Ave.
State College, PA 16801




Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile Trail Run

2006 USA 100 Mile Trail Championship


February 4, 2006 Huntsville, TX Joe Prusaitis 1101 Plymouth Austin, TX 78758



In selecting national championships, the MUT Council balances the quality of the event with the championship race experience it provides. Bids were analyzed on the following criteria:

  • The race offers a quality venue, runner support, and can attract and accommodate a depth of field.
  • The race does not conflict with other national ultra championships or the 100K World Challenge.
  • The race offers incentives to the competitive athlete such as accommodations or waived entry.
  • The race offers prize money.
  • The race offers open entry.

Participate in Championships - Runners of all ages are encouraged to participate in these MUT championships. When you participate in a USATF championship race and win overall or in an age group, you win the title of USATF national champion, master's national champion, or age-group national champion. You receive a USATF national championship award. In addition, team competition is offered at a national championship race, so your running club can vie for the title of national champion team.

More MUT Championship Races - Thanks to all race directors who submitted bids for 2005. Race directors, if you are interested in hosting an MUT championship in 2005 or beyond contact one of the MUT Council representative listed below. Athletes, encourage race directors of your favorite  races to submit a championship bid. Detailed information is also available on the MUT championship web page.

Ultra Championship Representative: Nikki Kimball 406-222-3207 

Mountain/Trail Championship Representative: Richard Bolt 603-627-7213 or 

Congratulations to the races selected as 2005 MUT Championships!


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