November 11, 2004
Team Leader Appointed to the 2005 World Masters 100K Team
Norm Green, Chair of USA Track & Field Masters Long Distance Running Division has appointed Janice Anderson as the team leader of the 2005 USATF World Masters Athletics 100K Team. The team will compete in the WMA 100K World Championship in Lake Saroma, Japan on June 26, 2005. The Lake Saroma venue will also host the IAU (International Association of Ultrarunners) 100K World Cup under the patronage of IAAF (International Amateur Athletics Federation) where the USATF 100K Team will compete against 100K runners from around the world while masters ultrarunners compete in 5-year age groups for gold, silver, and bronze WMA 100K World Championship medals. This race is an opportunity for American women age 35 and over and men age 40 and over to compete in a world 100K championship. World 100K championships for masters ultrarunners have not been scheduled regularly. The last world masters 100K championship was held in 2003 and prior to that in 1999.
Anderson, an information technology specialist, with Home Depot in Atlanta, GA, has strong organizational and administrative abilities demonstrated by her leadership roles in both regional and national positions of administration of the sport of ultrarunning. Anderson is a USATF Mountain/Ultra/Trail (MUT) Running Council Member since 1998, is an active athlete with numerous ultra records and achievements to her credit, and races on the Montrail/Patagonia Team. As a five-time member of the USATF 100K Team Anderson is experienced in the protocol of racing at World Cup 100K venues and will participate on the 2005 WMA 100K Team in the 35-39 age group. "We are fortunate to have an athlete and an administrator of Janice's experience and character to lead our 2005 USATF WMA 100K Team," says Theresa Daus-Weber, Masters Ultra Representative to the MUT Council.
The goal of the 2005 US Masters 100K Team is to two-fold: to provide a broad American age-group presence at the World Cup 100K demonstrating American support for the masters 100K world competition and to compete for individual world age-group medals. In 2003 the USATF WMA 100K Team contributed to earning two team silver medals and a gold age-group medal.
Thirteen ultrarunners have expressed their interest in the 2005 USATF WMA 100K Team, up from the four-member team that represented the US at the last WMA 100K World Championship in 2003. Masters ultrarunners interested in running on the 2005 USATF WMA 100K Team can contact Janice Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org. The USATF WMA 100K Team is self-funded and donations to the team are welcome. Pledges to the team are tax-exempt contributions through the International Masters Athletics Foundation, Inc. To make a pledge to the 2005 USATF WMA 100K Team, contact Katy Cotton at IMAF, Inc. at email@example.com or 307.432.6809.