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3 months have passed and I'm only reporting about this award ceremony, I'm surely going to lose my press pass on this one, if not already. I've never studied journalism but I used to at least be more timely at covering the ultra events I attended since I started this blog in March 2007. If not on the same day, at least just one or two days later. Oh well, who cares anyway... ;-) But thank you for reading, still... And, like I enjoy coming back to old posts as my memory fade, who knows, maybe someone will enjoy reading this in a few years so... better late than never as we say...

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Zach Ornelas won American River 50 miler just over a year ago. Then he represented the US at the IAU Trail Championships in Spain, then he  won the USATF 50 Mile Trail Championships at Tussey Mountainback. Less than two months later he finished California International Marathon (CIM) with a three …

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This is Boston weekend and I'm typing this blog from Boston indeed but it's a race report for a race I ran yesterday, go figure! The best advice before running a marathon or ultra marathon is to pace the week before, if not for 2 weeks for an ultra. I used to follow that wisdom 20 years ago when I ran my first marathons but, after 25 marathons and 162 ultras, I seem to have forgotten about it. Or disobeying. Or losing my mind and not behaving... ;-)

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Twelve American trail running athletes to compete at the Trail World Championships in Miranda do Corvo, Portugal. The USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Council is proud to announce members of the U.S. Trail Team scheduled to compete at the 2019 Trail World Championships (TWC) on June 8, in Miranda do Corvo, Portugal. The US team of... Read more »

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I have to confess, I do have a problem, I seem to have found the elixir against aging! No kidding, these 5-year deep age groups within USATF competitions keep me on my toes! Every 5 years, you have the opportunity to be the youngest again, and dream like a youngster. Again!

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With increasing cultural acceptance and awareness of transgender persons, there have been more conversations within the trail running community about how to categorize these athletes in competitive athletic events. Over the past several years, international governing bodies and national federations have introduced policies regarding transgender athletes to attempt to clarify rules and regulations within events... Read more »

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All USA Track & Field (USATF) members are invited to take part in the first US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) Webinar of 2019 on Tuesday, March 5th. Be sure to join this webinar to learn about testing protocols, therapeutic use exemptions, and best practices as it relates to anti-doping. Don’t miss, Anti-Doping 101! What: USADA Webinar... Read more »

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Jackpot is quite an ultra running festival! Happening in Henderson, Nevada, in the suburb of Las Vegas, aka Sin City, it has events covering the whole running sport: a few timed events (48-hour, 24-hour, 6-hour) a few ultras (100-mile, 50-mile), a marathon and even a 5K! The event is put by Ken and Stephanie who are passionate about celebrating life by giving back to the running community, which they do with such a generous heart. Offering a challenge to everyone, the tag line on the event tee is "

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Tollefson (pictured above) earns second USA Track & Field 50 km Trail title; Moreno wins her debut at the distance. Storm clouds overhead, intermittent rain showers, and temperatures below 40 degrees greeted runners arriving at Overlook Park in Auburn, California — dubbed the Endurance Capital of the World –for the 7th annual FOURmidable 50K host... Read more »

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On Saturday, February 16, Singletrack Running’s FOURmidable 50K will host the USA Track & Field’s 50 km Trail Championships for the second time. First organized in 2013, the FOURmidable 50K hosted the 2017 championship with 2011 World Mountain Running Champion Max King and 2016 U.S. Trail Team member YiOu Wang winning their respective titles. FOURmidable... Read more »

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The USA Track & Field New England Association has announced races and dates for it’s 24th Annual Mountain Running Circuit. Founded in 1996 by Dave Dunham, the “mountain circuit” has been a popular proving ground for elite runners training for national and world championship competitions as well as newcomers to mountain running looking for a... Read more »

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I'm 2 weeks in my yearly running break and I can't believe the time freed up by not running (I spend an average of 8 hours/week throughout the year) is all consumed by working harder, spending even more time on my volunteering

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Press release from USA Track & Field’s Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) Council. ATRA Executive Director Nancy Hobbs is also USATF MUT Council chairperson and ATRA Director of Marketing Richard Bolt is a member of the council and MUT executive committee. Based in Indianapolis, USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track... Read more »

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Disclaimer: this post is an open letter aimed at the current and potential participants of our Pacific Association MUT Grand Prix. But everyone is welcome to read to understand what this competition is about, although I then recommend reading my 2016 post about the 

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After another exciting season of mountain, ultra & trail (MUT) racing it’s time to recognize outstanding runners who are members of our Athletics federation – USA Track & Field. Nominations are now OPEN for athletes who are current members of USA Track & Field and hold US Citizenship. Many athletes have been nominated automatically based... Read more »

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Rachel Drake (Portland, OR) and Anthony Costales (Salt Lake City, UT – pictured above) win the 2018 USATF Marathon Trail Championships hosted by American Trail Running Association member Moab Trail Marathon. Drake & Costales earn automatic spots on Team USA to compete at the 16th World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships in Villa La Angostura,... Read more »

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On a crisp fall morning in Seeley, Wisconsin, more than 250 runners headed out at the Birkie Trail Runs, site of the USA Track & Field (USATF) Trail Running Championships. In order to combat the near-freezing temperatures, race leaders set a blistering pace in the early miles. “Joe (Gray), and I took it out hard,”... Read more »

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Kasie Enman (Huntington, VT) and David Sinclair (Peru, VT) kept their powder dry* early in the race and lit up the trails over Ragged Mountain to bring twin victories home to Vermont at the USATF 50 km Trail Championships. Fresh off a win at the Speedgoat 50K, Sinclair moved into the lead at mile 16... Read more »

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Written by Paul Kirsch, Manager, Junior US Mountain Running Team. Paul is also Race Director for the Loon Mountain Race, host of the 2018 USATF Mountain Running Championships in Lincoln, NH. The 2018 Junior US Mountain Running Team will compete in Canillo, Andorra on Sunday, September 16, at the 34th World Mountain Running Championships. This... Read more »

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Cloudy skies gave way to sunshine by the 7:00 a.m. start for today’s USATF 30km Trail Championships held in conjunction with the Pikes Peak Ultra in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Coupled with temperatures in the mid-50s, there were bound to be some fast times on the course in spite of some wear and tear on the... Read more »

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Written by USATF Championship liaison Lin Gentling. Under almost ideal conditions for a summer race, the USATF 50 Mile Trail Championship held in conjunction with the Cayuga Trails 50 Mile was contested in Robert Treman State Park, NY. The partially overcast morning was cool with a gentle breeze. Just outside of Ithaca, New York in... Read more »

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Joseph Gray won his 14th USATF National Championship by over a minute and set the fastest ever time on Upper Walking Boss. Allie MacLaughlin won her second USA Track & Field Mountain Running Championships en-route to making her third US Mountain Running Team. The 6.6-mile course climbs 3200 feet and includes grades of up to... Read more »

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There are several international sport governing organizations which organize World Championship and similar competitions in mountain running, trail running and sky running. The following is a list of those competitions, who organizes them and how American athletes can qualify. There are competitions for athletes ranging in ages from 14 to 79 years old; many require... Read more »

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Eleven of the top American ultra-trail runners have arrived in Benicàssim, Spain for this Saturday’s 85 km Trail World Championship race. Along with athletes from over 50 countries, the Americans have settled into Hotel Intur Orange just blocks away from long sandy Mediterranean beaches. The beaches may beckon, but first the athletes must tackle the... Read more »

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Only 5K this time and around the beautiful Stow lake in the heart of San Francisco's Golden Park, compared to all my ultra races, that looks like a walk in the park, right? Well, racing 5K at full speed, that is under 6 min/mile is no joke, or no walk.

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I started ultra running about the time Stan Jensen switched from ultra running to ultra volunteering. He is such a example of giving back to the community, so inspiring how he gives up his time and money to support our sport. So, by the other side in the title, I don't mean the dramatic expression of the end of life, but the need our sport to have people on each side, runners on one, and volunteers on the other. And the importance to play on both sides to make our sport sustainable.

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Countries from the North American, Central American and Caribbean region, will compete at the 2018 NACAC Mountain Running Championships hosted by the Loon Mountain Race, in Lincoln, NH, on Sunday, July 8.  Both individual and team competition will be staged, with nations competing head-to-head with one another.  Teams are comprised of up to four men... Read more »

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The USATF Mountain, Ultra, Trail Council is proud to announce members of the U.S. Trail Team scheduled to compete at the 2018 Trail World Championships May 12, in Penyagolosa/Castellon, Spain. The US team of 6 women and 6 men will tackle the technical 85 kilometer (50 mile) point-to-point course which goes from sea level in... Read more »

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This maxim was the tag line on the bumper sticker included in the goody bag, illustrating the energy and passion which race directors, Ken & Stephanie Rubeli put not only in this event but their business,

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On a cool, rainy day in Huntsville, Texas, Sabrina Little and Ronnie Delzer reclaimed their USA Track & Field (USATF) 100 Mile Trail Championship titles at the Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile. The flat, usually fast course in Huntsville State Forest is home to the Fastest Known Time for 100 miles on trail for men with... Read more »

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Rocky Raccoon event organizers Tejas Trails are long time American Trail Running Association corporate members. On February 3rd and 4th in Huntsville, Texas Tejas Trails will host the USA Track & Field (USATF) 100 Mile Trail Championships and 26th running of the Rocky Raccoon 100 mile. According to race director Chris McWatters, “this race just... Read more »

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Written by USATF Championship Liaison Roy Pirrung.  Photos from Roy Pirrung. The 2018 USATF 100km Trail Championships was held in conjunction with the Bandera 100 km Endurance Run in Bandera, Texas. There was no doubt, in the minds of women’s and men’s winners Camille Herron & Mario Mendoza, from the start; both knew they would... Read more »

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Written by Roy Pirrung, USATF Championship Liaison. Tejas Trail is an ATRA corporate member.  Above photo by Tejas Trails.  On January 6 through the 7th in Bandera, Texas the Tejas Trails organization will host its 8th USA Track & Field trail running championships and 16th running of the Bandera 100k. The venue, the Hill Country,... Read more »

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This year marks the 13th edition of the WMRA International Mountain Running Youth Cup. This year’s course is an up/down hill circuit. Estimated distance is between 4.5 and 5.5 kilometers. Distance and course details will be included in early 2018. This event provides an excellent opportunity for talented young runners to experience not only international... Read more »

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Our National USA Track and Field officials, most of them volunteers, met in Columbus, OH, a month ago for

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The 2018 USATF Mountain Running Championships to be held at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, New Hampshire on Sunday, July 8, 2018, will be the sole selection race for the U.S. Mountain Running Team where the top 4 men and top 4 women to finish will earn spots on the team.  Athletes must be USATF members... Read more »

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A disclaimer: this post isn't for any audience, but mature runners only! And not any adult, but those serious runners 40-year old or older... ;-)

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Disclaimer: this post is an open letter aimed at the current and potential participants of our Pacific Association MUT Grand Prix. But everyone is welcome to read to understand what this competition is about, although I then recommend reading my 2016 post about the

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Press release from USA Track & Field’s MUT Council. ATRA Executive Director Nancy Hobbs is also USATF MUT Council chairperson and ATRA Director of Marketing Richard Bolt is a member of the council and MUT executive committee. The USA Track & Field Mountain/Ultra/Trail running (MUT) council of long distance running has named the 2017 USATF... Read more »

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Photo above: Ashley Brasovan winning the 2017 USATF Half Marathon Trail Championships. USA Track & Field’s Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) Council announces the following races scheduled to host National Championships in 2018. $47,900 in prize money will be awarded and medals will be presented to the top 10 overall USATF athletes and top three in... Read more »

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The 15th annual North American, Central American & Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championships will held in conjunction with the Loon Mountain Race on July 8, 2018 in Lincoln, NH. The uphill-style course will be 10.6 km in length and climb 975 meters on the ski slopes of the Loon Mountain Resort. The USA Team Leader... Read more »

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Nominated athletes for Runner of the Year (ROY) must be current members of USA Track & Field and hold US Citizenship. Some athletes will be nominated automatically based on performances in select USATF National Championships and World Championship events. See the full list of automatically nominated athletes at the bottom of this article. Anyone can... Read more »

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Bend, Oregon trail runners Mario Mendoza and Renee Metivier earned more national championship titles at the Moab Trail Marathon and USATF Trail Marathon Championships. Mario finished in 3:13:55 while Renee, in her first trail marathon crossing the finish line in 4:08:03. More than 1800 runners participated Saturday’s races which included the Moab Trail Marathon, the... Read more »

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Written by Nancy Hobbs & Lin Gentling. Photos by Richard Bolt. Today’s USATF Half Marathon Trail Championships in Hayward, Wisconsin, saw a familiar face in Joseph Gray winning his 13th national title. The 33-year-old from Colorado Springs, CO, bested a competitive field to take the win with a time of 1:10:11. “I haven’t done the... Read more »

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Six elite US mountain runners representing five states and ranging in age from 16 to 37, will represent Team USA at the 14th North American, Central American & Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championships this fall. The 2017 NACAC Mountain Running Championships, sanctioned by the World Mountain Running Association, will take place in Golden, BC, Canada,... Read more »

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Written by U.S. Junior Mountain Running Team Manager Paul Kirsch. With a record number of applicants, USATF’s Mountain Ultra Trail executive committee has selected some of the nation’s top junior cross country, track, mountain and trail runners to compete at the World Mountain Running Championships in Premana, Italy on July 30. Junior athletes, ranging in age... Read more »

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In accordance with selection criteria published August 11, 2016, final team selection was conducted by Richard Bolt, Nancy Hobbs, Jason Bryant, Maria Dalzot, Eric Blake and Howard Nippert and approved by the USATF Mountain, Ultra & Trail (MUT) Running Executive Committee.  The USATF Mountain, Ultra Trail Council is proud to announce members of Team USA... Read more »

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