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October 18, 2005

Staff Named for 2006 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team

The 2006 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team will travel to Bursa, Turkey to compete in the 22nd World Mountain Running Trophy Race in September. A talented staff will accompany the team at next year's events.

Richard Bolt, Nashua, NH has been named Team Leader for the fourth consecutive year. Prior to 2003 Bolt was an athlete member of the team in 1999 and 2002. He was the third U.S. finisher at the 1999 World Trophy and at the 1999 Challenge Stellina Race in Susa, Italy. Bolt has been a top finisher in the USATF New England mountain running circuit from 1996 through 2005 as well a regular top ten finisher at the prestigious Mt. Washington Hill Climb. Bolt also competed in the 1992, 1994, and 1998 U.S. Olympic Trials and was an All-American Nordic skier. In addition to being on the USATF's New England Board of Governors, Bolt serves as the men's mountain rep to the USATF MUT Council.

"The Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team has come so far since I first became involved in 1999. We have a very competitive selection process and continue to attract and develop excellent runners from around the country. We look forward to capitalizing on the success of the U.S. Women's team who finished third in 2004 and more podium finishes in 2006," said Bolt.

Dave Dunham, Bradford, MA has been named Junior Team Manager taking the reins from Tom Borschel who was team manager for the past two years. Dunham has competed for the U.S. at seven World Mountain Running Trophy events finishing on the podium in 1993 as a silver medalist and as the top U.S. finisher six times. He has also been a manager of the men's team. He is a race director for both mountain and snowshoe races and was the organizer of the USATF New England Mountain Running Circuit for seven years (1996-2002). Diversified as an athlete, Dunham has also been on two 100km World Cup Teams, he was an Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier, and is a national 24-hour Rogaining Champion.

"I look forward to coaching, recruiting, and managing the Junior Team at the 2006 World Trophy. I'm honored to have been selected for this position. This will be my first foray into handling the needs of the Junior Team but I am confident that my experiences at the World Trophy since 1992 will enable me to get the juniors to the starting line well prepared. It has been great to see the team grow since 1997 when the U.S. first fielded juniors (though not a full squad), and I look forward to the continued growth of the team," said Dunham.

Ellen Miller, Vail, CO will be the women's manager. She is an accomplished athlete and coach with an extensive background in high altitude mountaineering. Miller has successfully summitted Mt. Everest two times. She was named Colorado Sportswoman of the Year 2002. She was a competitor on the Fila Skyrunning Team and qualified to compete in Europe and Tibet. Miller is an international adventure race competitor first with Team Vail and presently with Team Go-lite. She is the 2005 USATF Masters Trail Running Champion, a Level 1 USATF Coach, and founder and director of "Mountain Divas," a women's sports program in Vail.

"It is an honor and a privilege to be chosen to work with such an esteemed group of athletes and coaches who represent the best in mountain running in the U.S. The upcoming season of qualifying events and preparation for the World Trophy in Turkey puts us on the threshold of an exciting new era for the team. It will be exciting and rewarding to have the opportunity to work with top female athletes, and to give back to a sport which has given so much to me. Hopefully sharing my own experiences as a mountain runner, adventure racer, and climber - both at home and abroad - will help these athletes reach their full potential," said Miller.

Since 2002 the U.S. team has been sponsored by Teva, the title sponsor and official footwear of the team. This year SportHill joined as the official apparel sponsor. Additionally 180s is a team gear sponsor and manufactures such items as the ExoLite™ Ear Warmer, Convertible Running Glove™ and Eye Gear. Bag sponsor ground™ joined as a team sponsor to provide a large duffle bag and backpack to each team member.

Selection races for the 2006 team include the Mount Washington Hill Climb on June 17, the US National Mountain Running Championships. Additional team selection races will be announced by USATF's Mountain Ultra Trail Council in December following the annual USATF Convention (Jacksonville, FL November 30-December 4).

Staff member contact information:

Richard Bolt (Team Leader, Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team): (603) 494-6947

Dave Dunham (Junior Manager, Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team): (978) 691-6727

Ellen Miller (Women's Manager, Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team): (970) 389-5312

For results from the 2005 World Trophy, additional information on the 2005 mountain running selection races, and team sponsors visit the websites listed below:

2005 US National Trail Running Championships

Northfield Mountain Race

Teva Devil's Race

Mt. Cranmore

World Mountain Running Association

USA Track & Field

World Mountain Trophy 2005

World Mountain Trophy 2006

All American Trail Running Association


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