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August 4, 2007

ATRA Introduces Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team Website and Blogs

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) launches a new website dedicated to the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team today at The site was designed by ATRA member Paul Kirsch who also sits on the USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Running Council as the USATF MUT Championships Chair.

“The goal of the site is to be a resource for athletes, fans, and sponsors of the mountain running team. Besides the team training blog, there are sections on the history of the World Trophy race, pictures and bios on team members, and more. In the upcoming weeks we'll be adding more content, including a pictorial history of past U.S. Mountain Teams,” said Kirsch. Everyone is invited to blog with the team as they prepare to compete in the 23rd World Mountain Running Trophy in Saillon, Switzerland on Saturday, September 15, 2007. Pre, during, and post competition, blogging will enable the team to stay in touch with friends, family, and supporters.

 “This is a great way for athletes to share their experiences leading up to the World Trophy, at the competition, and upon returning to the United States. This new website is a great addition to the promotion and scope of our mountain running program,” said Nancy Hobbs, Executive Director of ATRA and mountain running team manager.

There will be lots of blogging to accomplish with a squad of 21 to include four senior women: Christine Lundy, Sausalito, CA, Rachael Cuellar, Albuquerque, NM, Anita Ortiz, Eagle, CO, Laura Haefeli, Del Norte, CO; six senior men: Paul Low, Belchertown, MA, Simon Gutierrez, Alamosa, CO, Shiloh Mielke, Weaverville, NC, Payton Batliner, Boulder, CO, Clint Wells, Superior, CO, Rickey Gates, Boulder, CO; three junior women: Maria Dalzot, Morgantown, WV, Anna Lieb, Golden, CO, Kathryn Helmerick, Cheyenne, WY; four junior men: Jonny Stevens, Vail, CO, Alex Jodidio, U.S. citizen living in Switzerland, Christian Thompson, Candor, NY, and Zach Rivers, Victor, NY; and four staff: Richard Bolt, Portland, OR, Dave Dunham, Bradford, MA, Ellen Miller, Vail, CO, and Nancy Hobbs, Colorado Springs, CO.

To access the website and read blogs, visit

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