October 17, 2004
Wanted: U.S. Runners for 2005 World Masters 100K Race
Do you want to compete in the 2005 World Masters Athletics (WMA) World Championship 100K? If you are a US masters-age ultrarunner who is interested in competing in the 2005 WMA 100K World Championship, USATF wants you to know about this opportunity for masters ultrarunners to race at world 100K championships. In late September WMA President Torsten Carlius announced that, "WMA looks forward to continued good cooperation with IAU and together we will organise the 2nd WMA World Masters Athletics Championships 100K in Lake Saroma, JPN" on June 26, 2005. The WMA 100K championship is held in conjunction with the IAU (International Association of Ultrarunners) 100K World Cup under the patronage of IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations).
USATF encourages American masters ultrarunners to compete for world age-group recognition at this venue and to provide a broad US masters presence at this world championship. At the last WMA 100K championship in 2003 in Taiwan, the USATF WMA 100K Team assisted in bringing home two silver team medals and a gold age-group medal.
The USATF 100K Team will compete against runners from around the world in the IAU World Cup 100K. This race includes a race for individual masters age-group runners. All masters who enter the World Cup race automatically race in the WMA 100K World Championship, a race that is a separate event run at the same time and location. For this event men's 5-year age-groups start at age 40 and women's start at age 35.
Soliciting Sponsorship - US Masters ultrarunners who compete in the WMA 100K race are responsible for their own race entry, travel and lodging expenses. Because USATF is unable to support masters ultrarunners participating in the 2005 WMA World Championship 100K, interested masters ultrarunners are encouraged to investigate other funding sources. Sponsorship could assist participating masters with entry fees, uniforms, travel, and lodging.
For Information, visit http://www.iau.org.tw/news/news_detail.php?Id=175
If you want to run on the 2005 USATF WMA 100K Team, or be the team leader, or a sponsor, contact Theresa Daus-Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-973-7579.