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February 10, 2007

Selecting the 2007 Teva US Mountain Running Teams - Open and Junior Squads

The Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team will compete in the 23rd World Mountain Running Trophy in Saillon, Ovronnaz, Switzerland, during the weekend of September 14-16, 2007. 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.

The womenís team includes four athletes with the top three finishers scoring for the team.  Six athletes will represent the menís team with the top four finishers scoring. The junior menís team includes a maximum of four with top three scoring while the junior womenís team is a maximum of three with the top two scoring. 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.

At the USATF annual convention in Indianapolis December 2006, the Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) Council chose three races from which automatic qualifiers to the U.S. team will be selected.  The USA Mountain Running Championships will be hosted at Mt. Cranmore slated for June 24 in North Conway, NH. The top two U.S. men and the top U.S. woman finisher at Mt. Cranmore will receive automatic berths on the team. The USA Trail Championships on June 30 in Steamboat Springs will serve as the second selection race where the top two U.S. men, and top U.S. woman will receive automatic berths. Traveling to the West Coast on July 15, competitors will enjoy the third and final selection race, the Teva Mountain Trophy Race in Sausalito, CA where the top U.S. male and top U.S. female finisher will receive an automatic team berth.

The remaining members of the squad, (one male, one female), will be selected by the Mountain Ultra Trail Council with input from the team staff based on results at the selection races, past World Trophy events, national and international racing experience including mountain, road, cross country, and track.  Athletes MUST run a selection race in order to be considered for the team. To be considered for the team all team members MUST be current USATF members prior to running a selection race. Interested athletes should submit running resumes to:

Richard Bolt ( and Nancy Hobbs (

Team Selection Criteria and Process
Selection Races

For more information:

Nancy Hobbs:  719-573-4405 or


Richard Bolt:
  603-627-7213 or 


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