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July 25, 2007

2007 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team Announced

Seventeen athletes representing eight states will race on the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team at the 23rd World Mountain Running Trophy in Saillon, Ovronnaz, Switzerland, on Saturday, September 15, 2007.
The womenís team includes gold medallists from the 2006 team Rachael Cuellar, 25, Albuquerque, NM, and Chris Lundy, 36, Sausalito, CA and 2004 bronze medallists Laura Haefeli, 39, Del Norte, CO, and Anita Ortiz, 43, Eagle, CO. The top three finishers score for the team.

The menís team will be led by eight-time team member Paul Low, 33, Belchertown, MA. Joining Low will be six-time team member Simon Gutierrez, 41, Alamosa, CO, two-time team members Rickey Gates, 26, Boulder, CO, and Shiloh Mielke, 27, Weaverville, NC, and newcomers Clint Wells, 32, Boulder, CO, and Payton Batliner, 23, Boulder, CO. The top four finishers score for the team.

Juniors must be at least 16 and not yet 20 in the year of competition. The USA squad includes 2005 team members Jonny Stevens, 18, Vail, CO, and Christian Thompson, 19, Candor, NY, 2006 team member Zach Rivers, 17, Victor, NY, and newcomer Alex Jodidio, 17, a U.S. citizen living in Grimentz, Switzerland. The top three score.

The junior womenís team includes 2005 team member Katherine Helmerick, 18, Cheyenne, WY, and newcomers Anna Lieb, 19, Golden, CO, and Maria Dalzot, 19, Morgantown, WV. The the top two score for the team.

Team manager Nancy Hobbs, Colorado Springs, CO, team leader Richard Bolt, Portland, Oregon, team manager for the juniors Dave Dunham, Bradford, MA, and womenís team manager Ellen Miller, Vail, CO will accompany the team to Switzerland.

This yearís Trophy races are up/down events (as opposed to even-numbered years when the events are held on uphill courses) with the senior men running three loops of the 4.050 kilometer course for a distance of just over 12km, the senior women and junior men running two loops of the 4.050 course for a distance slightly over 8km, while the junior women run one loop of the course at 4.050km.

Biographies and photos of each team member will be distributed in early August.

Nancy Hobbs (Manager, Teva US Mountain Running Team): (719) 573-4133 
Richard Bolt (Team Leader, Teva US Mountain Running Team): (603) 494-6947
Dave Dunham (Junior Manager, Teva US Mountain Running Team): (978) 691-6727
Ellen Miller (Womenís Manager, Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team): (970) 389-5312

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For additional information visit the websites listed below:

USA Mountain Running Championships 
USA Trail Championships 
Teva Mountain Trophy Race 
World Mountain Running Association
USA Track & Field 
World Mountain Trophy 2007 
American Trail Running Association
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FuelBelt, Inc.
Fleet Feet Sports-Boulder 
Windermere Real Estate Teton Valley 
Youth Runner (Junior Team Partner)