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July 11, 2007

California to Host Final Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team Selection Race

The inaugural Mt. Tam Trophy Race will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 15, in Sausalito, CA. The event is the third and final selection race for the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team and it is the first time the west coast has hosted a selection race in the twenty-plus year history of the U.S. team competing at the World Mountain Running Trophy Event.

ďHaving a selection race on the West Coast is a great opportunity for some new mountain runners to learn about our program. Chris Lundy, a three-time team member, has done an excellent job getting the permits secured for the event and scouting out a great course,Ē said Nancy Hobbs, manager of the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team.
Due to permit restrictions, race entries are limited to the first 60 competitors. There are still spaces in the race with registration available at www.active.com or on race day if space available.

The race start is located one mile east of Stinson Beach, at the intersection of Steep Ravine and Dipsea trails. The 12 kilometer route boasts an elevation change of 2600 feet and is run entirely on trail, much of which is single track with technical downhills. The first Ĺ mile is rolling, followed by a 1000 foot ascent up Steep Ravine Trail including a short ladder climb at 1.2 miles. Descend 1100 feet into Muir Woods to the three-mile point, climb back out to Cardiac Hill and return down Dipsea Trail to the finish. Accelerade and water provided at the start/finish and at PanToll aid station.

To get to the start line, park legally in Stinson Beach and run up the Dipsea trail. The Trailhead is at intersection of Panoramic and Hwy 1, start line is 1 mile east, visible from Panoramic Hwy. Portable toilets at start pre-race, and restrooms/outdoor showers in Stinson Beach Park post-race.

There will be $500 in prize money with $300 donated by Irene Herman Insurance and Real Estate Services and $200 donated by the American Trail Running Association. The funds will be distributed evenly between the men and women with $150 to first place, $75 to the second place, and $25 to third place. Cutting edge trail shoes and other prizes are provided by La Sportiva, Accelerade, 180s, and Tec Labs.

The Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team will compete in the 23rd World Mountain Running Trophy in Saillon, Ovronnaz, Switzerland, on September 15, 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. Donations to the team are welcome and are used to offset travel expenses to the World Trophy.

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 Mt. Tam Trophy Race, the top U.S. male and top U.S. female finisher will receive an automatic team berth. This is the third and final team selection race. The first selection race, the USA Mountain Running Championships, was hosted at Mt. Cranmore on June 24 in North Conway, NH. Rickey Gates, 26, Boulder, CO, Paul Low, 33, Belchertown, MA, and Anita Ortiz, 43, Eagle, CO, received automatic berths on the team. The USA Trail Championships on June 30 in Steamboat Springs, CO served as the second selection race where Simon Gutierrez, 41, Alamosa, CO, and Christine Lundy, 36, Sausalito, CA, received automatic berths.

The remaining members of the open squad, (two males, 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 (r_boltski@yahoo.com) and Nancy Hobbs (trlrunner@aol.com).

Athletes interested in the junior squad (must be at least 16 years of age in the year of competition and not yet 20) should contact Dave Dunham, manager of the Junior Team, at dave.dunham@comcast.net, for details. The 2007 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team will be announced by August 1.

Competitors hoping to earn a spot on the mountain team at the Mt. Tam Trophy Race include:

Menís Field:

Scott Gall, 32, Cedar Falls, IA. A four-time member of the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team, Gall, had his best World Trophy finish in 1999 with a fifth place overall. He and his wife Sarah own the Runnerís Flat Running Store in Cedar Falls.

Shiloh Mielke, 27, Waverville, NC, was on last yearís mountain team. He was fifth at the 2006 USA National 10km Trail Championships and third at both the Teva Vail HillClimb and the Vail Trophy Race. His PRs include a 29:48 10km and a 14:35 5km.

Bill Fanselow, 40, Golden, CO, was ninth at last yearís trail championships and finished a solid third at this yearís Cytomax 10km Trail Race.

James Nielsen, 27, Palo Alto, CA, is a member of the 2007 U.S. team to compete in the NACAC Mountain Running Championships in Canmore, Alberta, Canada on July 28.

Mark McManus, 33, Mill Valley, CA, is a top local runner and very familiar with the Mt. Tam course.

Womenís Field:

Julie Bryan, 39, Jackson Hole, WY, is a four-time member of the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team. Bryan finished fifth at the USA Mountain Championships.

Rachael Cuellar, 25, Albuquerque, NM, was a member of the gold-medal winning squad at last yearís World Trophy. It was Cuellarís first mountain team. She finished fourth at this yearís USA 10km Trail Championships. Cuellar attended New Mexico State University and University of New Mexico.

Brandy Erholtz, 29, Bailey, CO, finished third at the Cytomax Trail 10km in Vail, CO this past June. She recently relocated to CO from MN.

Sarah Gall, 28, Cedar Falls, IA. An outstanding collegiate runner, Gall focused on the steeplechase after graduation and is now excelling at Xterra events.

Laura Haefeli, 39, Del Norte, CO is a three-time USA National 10km Trail Champion and a two-time member of the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team. She placed second at the 2007 Cytomax Trail 10km and was runner-up at the 2007 USA 10km Trail Championships.

Abigail Larson, 28, Salt Lake City, UT, finished fifth at the USA 10km Trail Championships.

Kelli Lusk, 37, Belchertown, MA, is a three-time member of the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team and is coming off wins at the Pack Monadnock 10 Miler and Northfield Mountain. Lusk finished fourth at the 2007 USA Mountain Championships.

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