November 25, 2005
USATF Masters 100K Team Announced: Largest Masters Ultra Team Ever to Represent the US
USA Track & Field announced the 8-member team to represent the U.S. at the at the 2005 World Masters Athletics 100-kilometer (62-mile) world championship in Bariloche, Argentina on December 11th. This team is the largest team that the United States has sent to a masters world ultra championship and with four returning veteran team members, it is the most experienced team that USATF has fielded for the WMA 100K championship.
The four men and four women team represent a mix of states and two decades of age groups. Runners compete for medals within their 5-year age groups. At the last WMA 100K championship in 2003 in Taiwan, the USATF Masters 100K Team assisted in bringing home two silver team medals and a gold age-group medal. Of the American masters team, Lorraine Gersitz, the USATF team coordinator says, "We have a strong group of very experienced ultrarunners representing a variety of age-groups including the newly added M35 age-group. Most of these athletes have age-group records, National Championship titles, and/or World Championship medals on their resume. The US team will be a factor in both the individual age-group and the team competition."
The WMA 100K world championship is an opportunity for American ultrarunners age 35 and over to compete in a world 100K championship exclusively for masters runners. The goal of the 2005 USATF Masters 100K Team is to two-fold: to provide a broad American age-group presence at the World Cup 100K demonstrating American support for WMA and the masters 100K world competition and to compete for individual and team world age-group medals.
The USATF 2005 Masters 100K Team includes:
Katy Cotton, 39, Wyoming
Chris Frost, 54, California
Mark Godale, 35, Ohio
Dee Dee Grafius, 56, California
Amanda McIntosh, 40, Texas
Tania Pacev, 46, Colorado
Roy Pirrung, 57, Wisconsin
Craig Robertson, 46, Texas
USATF provides only partial funding for the WMA 100K Team and therefore team members are largely self-funded. Donations to the team are welcome. Contributions to the team are tax-exempt through International Masters Athletics Federation. To contribute to the 2005 USATF WMA 100K Team, contact Katy Cotton at IMAF, Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org or 307.432.6809. For information about IMAF, go to http://www.cerritos.edu/lgersitz/IMAF/Home.htm .
For information about the race hosting the 2005 WMA 100K world championship, go to www.mundial100k-wma.com.ar .