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December 4, 2007

Mountain/Ultra/Trail Council Announces 2008 USA National Championships

If you enjoy running off the beaten path or extending your limits, the Mountain/Ultra/Trail (MUT) Running Council of USATF invites you to participate in the 2008 MUT National Championships. The MUT championship races offer unique locales, beautiful scenery, and challenges beyond the typical road race for open and masters runners. From the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rainier, and the San Francisco Headlands to the roads of Long Island, runners can explore new terrains and attempt new distances while competing in a National Championship race.

Offering USA National Championships for mountain, ultra, and trail running reflects the growth of these running disciplines in the United States. MUT has been offering championship races in these disciplines since its inception in 1998. The 2008 championship schedule offers mountain, trail, and ultra races of varying distances and terrains. Join the fun and competition at one or more of these great events! For more information about MUT Championships, click here.

The following events have been selected by the MUT Council as the 2008 USA MUT Championships for open and masters athletes.

2008 MUT Championships

March 2 – USA 50 km Championship
Caumsett State Park 50 km
Huntington, NY

April 12 – USA 100 km Championship
Mad City 100 km
Madison, WI 

June 8 - USA Trail Marathon Championship (pending)
Deadwood-Michelson Trail Marathon
Deadwood, SD

June 21 – USA Mountain Running Championship
Mt. Washington Road Race
Gorham, NH

June 29 – USA 10 km Trail Championship

Steamboat Springs, CO

July 19 – USA 100 Mile Trail Championship
Tahoe Rim 100 Mile Trail Run
Lake Tahoe, NV 

July 26 – USA 50 Mile Trail Championship
White River 50 Mile Trail Run
Crystal Mountain, WA 

August 16 – USA 100 km Trail Championship
Where’s Waldo 100 km Trail Run
Waldo Lake, OR 

October 11 – USA 50 Mile Championship
Tussey Mountainback 50 Miler
Boalsburg, PA 

In selecting national championships, the MUT Council balances the quality of the event with the championship race experience it provides. Bids were analyzed on the following criteria:

  • The race offers a quality venue, runner support, and can attract and accommodate a depth of field.
  • The race does not conflict with other national ultra championships or the 100K World Challenge.
  • The race offers incentives to the competitive athlete such as accommodations or waived entry.
  • The race offers prize money.
  • The race offers open entry.

Participate in Championships - Runners of all ages are encouraged to participate in these MUT championships. When you participate in a USATF championship race and win overall or in an age group, you win the title of USATF national champion, master's national champion, or age-group national champion. You receive a USATF national championship award. In addition, team competition is offered at a national championship race, so your running club can vie for the title of national champion team.

More MUT Championship Races - Thanks to all race directors who submitted bids for 2008. Race directors, if you are interested in hosting an MUT championship in 2009 or beyond contact one of the MUT Council members or MUT Championship Coordinator Paul Kirsch. Detailed information is also available on the MUT championship web page. Athletes, encourage race directors of your favorite  races to submit a championship bid!

Congratulations to the races selected as 2008 MUT Championships!


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