Casette di Massa, located at the foot of the Apuan Alps in the Tuscany region of Italy, will host the 30th WMRA World Mountain Running Championships on September 13, 2014.
Italy was awarded the championships designation during the 2013 World Mountain Running Championships in Poland this past September, and the date for the competition was confirmed on October 11, 2013.
The World Mountain Running Championships is organized annually by a host club who submits a bid which must be supported by the respective IAAF-member nation – in this case FIDAL – and is sanctioned by the IAAF.
Representing the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) for the event will be technical delegate Tomo Sarf, Slovenia, and organizational delegate Galia Puhaleva, Bulgaria.
The United States, through national governing body USA Track & Field (USATF), will field a team comprised of 17 athletes along with a three-member staff. The team will include both junior (ages 16-19 in the year of competition), and senior athletes for this annual competition which alternates between an uphill course in even-numbered years, and up/down course in odd-numbered years. The junior men’s team as well as the senior women’s team is comprised of up to four athletes with the top three scoring while the junior women can run up to three women with the top two to score. For the senior men, up to six athletes comprise a team with the top four scoring.
The 2014 U.S. Mountain Running Team (USMRT), will be named in July, with the selection race venue for the senior team members announced at the annual USATF meetings in Indianapolis, IN, on December 6-7, 2013. Junior athletes are selected via resumes and letters of recommendation.
The USMRT has achieved great success at the World Mountain Running Championships, most recently earning a silver medal in the junior women’s division in 2013, led by gold medalist Mandy Ortiz.
Over the past two decades, the USMRT has had numerous podium appearances including team medals for the senior men – silver in 2010, and bronze in 2008; senior women – gold 2006, 2007, and 2012, and bronze in 2004 and 2009; junior women silver in 2007 and 2013. Individual gold medalists include Jay Johnson (1987), Max King (2011), and Kasie Enman (2011), silver medalist Dave Dunham (1993), and bronze medalists Laura Haefeli (2007) and Morgan Arritola (2012). Junior medalists include Ortiz (gold 2013), Alex Dunne (bronze 2008), and Megan Morgan, (silver 2009). For more information on the team visit this link.
Italy will also host the 9th International Youth Mountain Running Cup at the Castle Mountain Running event in Arco di Trento, Italy, on June 28-29, 2014. The event is open to junior athletes who are ages 16 or 17 in the year of competition with both individual and team competition. Athletes must be members of their respective athletic federations. At the 2014 event in Italy, junior boys will run 4.7 kilometers with 280 meters of ascending, while junior girls will compete over a 3.87 kilometer course with 220 meters of ascending.
This will be the fourth year in which Italy serves as host of the Youth Mountain Running Cup. Susa hosted the inaugural running in 2006, as well as 2007 and 2008. In 2010, Sauze d’Oulx was the host village. Germany, Slovenia, Ireland, and France have also hosted the event.
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