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September 28, 2007

ATRA Introduces Athlete Spotlights on Website

Capitalizing on the fantastic Gold Medal performance at the 2007 World Mountain Trophy Race in Ovronnaz, Switzerland earlier this month, ATRA in concert with the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team is launching a new section on their website,  The section, entitled Athlete Spotlight, features an interview with a current or former Mountain Team member.

The first spotlight features Jay Johnson, co-owner of Fleet Feet Sports in Boulder, CO, and also the only American to ever win an individual Gold Medal at the World Trophy race.

"All of our athletes have fascinating stories to tell about their running experiences," said Team Manager Nancy Hobbs. "We want to share their memorable tales with others who are interested in learning more about our sport, its history, and its future. It's only fitting that the first feature be on Jay. He and Fleet Feet Sports have been big supporters of the mountain running program even signing on as a team sponsor this past year which also marks the 20th anniversary of Jay's gold medal."

The October Athlete Spotlight will feature 2007 World Trophy bronze medalist Laura Haefeli, Del Norte, CO. Additional athletes will be featured each month.

The mountain team website was launched this summer, and is meant to serve as a resource for information on the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team and mountain running in general. It includes a mountain running history section, photos from past and present teams, flash movies about the 2006 and 2007 teams, and more. Look for more additions to the site, including a race calendar, in the coming weeks.

The 2007 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team competed in Ovronnaz, Switzerland on September 15. For the first time in the history of U.S. mountain running, the team took home two team medals as the senior women's team repeated their Gold medal performance from 2006 and the junior women’s team captured silver. In addition Laura Haefeli took home the first-ever women's individual medal with her

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