Il comitato esecutivo della USA Track & Field’s Mountain, Ultra, Trail (MUT) è orgoglioso di annunciare i membri della squadra USATF che parteciperanno al 16° mondiale di lunghe distanze, targato WMRA, sabato 16 novembre a Villa La Angostura in Argentina. La squadra stelle e strisce è un gruppo forte che vanta atleti con esperienza e con numerose medaglie in bacheca.

La squadra femminile ha veterane della corsa in montagna e del trail inclusa la campionessa olimpica 2010 di sci di fondo Morgan Arritola, campionessa della USATF Half Marathon Trail  Ashley Brasovan, la vincitrice della USATF 50K Trail Dani Moreno che si unirà alle nuove arrivate Rachel Drake e Tara Richardson. Rachel ha vinto il campionato USATF Trail Marathon, dove Tara si è aggiunta il secondo posto.

Tutti gli uomini nel team hanno esperienze internazionali tra cui il campione mondiale 2016 di corsa in montagna Joseph Gray, il detentore del record alla Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Jim Walmsley, Andy Wacker col suo secondo posto al mondiale 2015 di lunghe distanze, il vincitore della 2017 UTMB CCC Hayden Hawks e Sam Sahli che al momento è ottavo nella classifica della Mountain Running World Cup della WMRA.

Ecco la squadra:

Joseph Gray, 35, Colorado Springs, CO. Oltre al primo posto nel mondiale 2016, Joe ha vinto l’edizione 2019 della Pikes Peak Ascent, imposto il record di gara alla Barr Trail Mountain Race 2019 e conquistato un bronzo l’ultimo mondiale di lunghe distanze.
“Sono emozionato a rappresentare la mia nazione ancora una volta e ancor meglio, avremo l’opportunità di competere in una nazione in cui non ho mai corso prima d’ora.”  Joe è sponsorizzato da Hoka ONE ONE, Astavita, Amp Human, Fuel 100 Electrobites, Cafe Red Point, Club Northwest. Seguitelo su instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joegeezi/

Hayden Hawks, 28, Cedar City, UT. Insieme a Joe Gray, Hayden è stato uno dei membri della squadra maschile che ha vinto l’oro  a squadre nel mondiale 2016 in Bulgaria. Da allora Hayden ha accumulato nel 2019 vittorie su vittorie tra cui Broken Arrow 52K, UTGK (China) 80K, Chuckanut 50K e l’Artenara 30K in Spagna.
“Andare in Patagonia è sempre stato un mio sogno. Poter andare lì e rappresentare il team USATF ai mondiali è più di quanto potessi immaginare! Sono orgoglioso di poter rappresentare la mia nazione a questo evento e mi allenerò duramente per dare il meglio di me, così potremo vincere medaglie d’oro come squadra e individualmente! Il percorso sembra fantastico e non vedo l’ora per incontrare tutti i fan e immergermi nella cultura, nel paesaggio e nel cibo dell’Argentina!” Hayden è sponsorizzato da Altra, Nathan, Coros, Unived, and Revant Optics. Seguitelo su instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hawks_hayden11/

Andy Wacker, 30, Boulder, CO. Conosciuto per le sue partenze aggressive e le sue volate finali, Andy è uno dei pochi americani a competere sia nelle lunghe che nelle brevi distanze nello stesso anno. Ha concluso il mondiale di lunghe distanze dello scorso anno con un quinto posto, vinto il campionato USATF Half Marathon Trail 2016 e corso la mezza maratona PR in  1:03:25.
“Sono stato così fortunato da correre 5 mondiali di lunghe distanze di fila, sono stato fortunato, no? Probabilmente sto sperando di migliorare col tempo come un buon formaggio stagionato. Con grande piacere e qualche allenamento doloroso spero di portare questo “formaggio americano” in Patagonia per avere l’occasione di vincere l’oro!”
Andy è sponsorizzato da Nike Trail, Suunto and Honey Stinger. https://www.instagram.com/wackera/

Jim Walmsley, 29, Flagstaff, AZ.  Jim irrompe nella scena trail statunitense col dominio della  Lake Sonoma 50 Mile 2016 di cui tuttora detiene il record. Più recentemente ha portato a casa il terzo posto alla super competitiva Sierre-Zinal in Svizzera.
“Sono davvero emozionato per questo mio primo mondiale sapendo di essere al fianco dei incredibili atleti di questo team”
Jim è sponsorizzato da Hoka One One.  https://www.instagram.com/walmsleyruns/

Sam Sahli, 24, Boulder, CO. Un esperto scialpinista convertito alla corsa in montagna e al trail, Sam ha vinto il campionato USATF 50K Trail 2019 e ha portato i colori statunitensi nel mondiale di Trail in Portogallo. Poi un susseguirsi di gare importanti in Europa: Sierre-Zinal,  Grossglocknerlauf e Snowdon Race.
“Dopo la gara tosta di quest’anno al mondiale di Trail sono orgoglioso di indossare di nuovo la maglia USA e avere l’opportunità di gareggiare a fianco i migliori atleti di questo sport. Farò tutto quello che è nelle mie capacità per aiutare la squadra e far guadagnare un posto sul podio. Sarà una gara fantastica in Argentina!”
Sam è sponsorizzato da RaidLight e Honey Stinger. https://www.instagram.com/sam_sahli/

Morgan alla Broken Arrow VK 2019. Squaw Valley, CA.

Morgan Arritola, 33, Ketchum, ID. Morgan ha fatto parte della squadra di sci alle Olimpiadi invernali del 2010 a Vancouver. Subito dopo è passata al trail running finendo il campionato USATF Half Marathon Trail 2010 al secondo posto. Entrando a pieno ritmo nella corsa in montagna, Morgan è arrivata terza ai mondiali 2012 , aiutando poi nel 2015 il team U.S. femminile a conquistare la medaglia d’argento, vincendo poi molti campionati di Trail e corsa in montagna targati USATF.
” Sono onorata di essere ancora membro del team e non vedo l’ora di questa bellissima esperienza in Argentina.” Date a questa donna uno sponsor!

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Ashley Brasovan, 28, Westminster, CO. Ashley ha fatto il suo debutto nel trail vincendo i USATF Half Marathon Trail 2017. Dopo questo inizio lampo è stata ottava nel mondiale 2018 di lunghe distanze in Polonia, vinto Behind the Rocks Ultra 30K 2019 e corso in 2:40:19 la California International Marathon (CIM).
” Dopo l’ottavo posto l’anno scorso ai mondiali, voglio puntare a conquistare un posto sul podio e una medaglia a squadre con il gruppo di donne talentuose che verranno quest’anno!”
Ashley è sponsorizzata da Hoka One One, Runners High Herbals, Leki USA, Nuun and Honey Stinger. https://www.instagram.com/ashley_brasovan/

Rachel Drake, 28, Portland, OR. Rachel ha vinto il campionato USATF Trail Marathon 2018 in Moab, Utah; altra vittoria alla Peterson Ridge Rumble 2019 e secondo posto ai campionati USATF 50K Trail 2019 in Auburn, CA.
” Sono grata per questa opportunità di correre in Argentina con tante donne forte!”
Rachel è sponsorizzata da Nike Trail.  https://www.instagram.com/rachelraedrake/

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I had a significant personal win this weekend. 🤗I know I have said it a few times, but the last few months were tough on me. I was tired, working a lot, unmotivated, and running when I could.  I didn't have any big races coming up so I rode the wave and fit in runs when I could. On the flip side, I took this time to focus on what I could, and in this case, it was my foot. I got an X-ray, and it turns out I still have a small bone hanging out in the ankle area, from the few talus stress fractures I had in college, and over time with me ignoring it, the fascia has gotten settled into a position that doesn't allow my foot to move naturally. It's not worth getting surgery, so my only option is to release the rubber band ball of fascia and retrain the foot. Despite the sporadic training, I have utilized that last few months to create habits around rehabbing my foot. It's not always easy fitting in exercises after a full day, but the consistency over the last few months showed me hope this weekend. . For the first time in a long time, my foot didn't go numb, and it felt like I  could push off a little more. The most significant indicator of progress was an evenness in soreness in my legs and glutes, versus a concentration in one side. It's a win only I would know but it sure as heck feels good to see the work paying off. I know I have a ways to go before it feels closer to normal, but this was a vast #hellzyes moment for me that re-confirmed the little things, if consistent, really add up. . While I have been mostly healthy and been able to race for a while now,  I still am plagued by my stubbornness to come back before I was ready eight years ago. My advice is if you're feeling overwhelmed by an injury, remember to be consistent, have patience, and play it cool.  No need to rush things and get back fast, you have plenty of your life to still run at whatever level you choose. Looking back, I wish I would have taken another month or so recovering and healing versus rushing to get back. Because honestly, I don't even remember what race I was rushing to my recover for. Breathe in, breathe out, smile, and enjoy the process. 😊❤️ . 📸@fearnowka

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Dani Moreno, 27, Santa Barbara, CA. Dani è una veterana dei mondiali 2017 e dei mondiali trail 2019. Ha vinto i campionati USATF 50K Trail 2019 e XTERRA Trail World 2018 alle Hawaii.
“Ogni volta che ho la possibilità di indossare la maglia della nazionale mi sento onorata e commossa. Sono sicura che i precedenti membri del team USA sono d’accordo con me quando dico che non si può rimpiazzare la sensazione che si ha quando rappresenti la tua nazione in una competizione mondiale. La nostra squadra è forte. Go team USATF!”
Dani è sponsorizzata da  HOKA ONE ONE and rabbit. https://www.instagram.com/dan_yell_a/

Tara Richardson, 28, Flagstaff, AZ. Un’atleta versatile su ogni tipo di terreno, Tara è arrivata seconda nei campionati USATF Trail Marathon 2018, vinto la  Leadville Trail Marathon  2019 ed è salita sul secondo gradino del podio nella Mad City (Road) 50K 2019 con un tempo di 3:28.
“Il trail running ha portata molta felicità nella mia vita. Avere l’opportunità di rappresentare gli Stati Uniti in uno sport di cui sono così appassionata è un sogno che diventa realtà! Sono emozionata all’idea di affrontare una gara così stimolante in Argentina insieme ai miei compagni del team USA!” https://www.instagram.com/t_rich7191/

US Team Leader Jason Bryant al 2019 Trail World Championships in Portogallo.

Lo staff che seguirà gli atleti del team è composto da: Jason Bryant (Team Leader) e Richard Bolt (vice Team Leader). Jason è un avido atleta di trail e corsa in montagna, membro del consiglio della USATF Mountain/Ultra/Trail èstato team leader nelle precedenti gare di IAU Trail and WMRA Long Distance.
Richard ha corso in tre prove olimpiche nello sci di fondo, è stato due volte convocato nel US Mountain Running Team ed è stato membro del personale del team in 20 eventi del mondiale. Jason e Richard pubblicheranno aggiornamenti sul team dall’Argentina su Twitter all’indirizzo: https://twitter.com/usmrt

Joe Gray

Questo è il sedicesimo anno del World Long Distance Mountain Running Championship e per il quinto anno l’evento è stato designato come “campionato mondiale” dalla International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), ed è il quinto anno che la squadra americana statunitense riceverà finanziamenti da USA Track & Field.

La squadra statunitense ha preso parte per la prima volta alla gara di corsa in montagna di lunghe distanze nel 2010. Le squadre femminili statunitensi hanno vinto l’oro nel 2010, 2012 e 2014; argento nel 2017; e bronzo nel 2015. Le squadre maschili hanno vinto l’oro nel 2010 e 2014; e argento nel 2012, 2015, 2017 e 2018.

A causa delle limitazioni amministrative relative all’elaborazione del modulo di iscrizione ai campionati mondiali, non è possibile effettuare sostituzioni dei membri del team dopo il 21 ottobre.

Gli atleti che rappresentano gli Stati Uniti nel Campionato mondiale di corsa in montagna “a breve distanza” saranno selezionati il ​​29 settembre, a Waterville Valley, NH ai Campionati USATF Mountain Running. I primi quattro uomini e le prime quattro donne saranno automaticamente selezionati per il Team USATF e far parte del team di lunga distanza in Argentina.

Fonte: https://trailrunner.com/trail-news/usatf-squad-announced-for-the-wmra-long-distance-mountain-running-championships/

NEWS IN ENGLISH:

USATF Squad Announced for World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships

USA Track & Field’s Mountain, Ultra, Trail (MUT) Executive Committee is proud to announce members of Team USATF scheduled to compete at the 16th WMRA World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships on Saturday, November 16, in Villa La Angostura, Argentina. The 2019 USATF Long Distance Mountain Running Team is a strong group of experienced athletes who will be looking to win medals.

The women’s Team USATF is comprised of mountain & trail team veterans including 2010 Olympic cross country skier Morgan Arritola, USATF Half Marathon Trail Champion Ashley Brasovan, and USATF 50K Trail Champion Dani Moreno who will be joined by newcomers Rachel Drake and Tara Richardson. Rachel won the 2018 USATF Trail Marathon Championship, an event where Tara finished runner-up.

All of the men on Team USATF have international experience and include 2016 World Mountain Running Champion Joseph Gray, Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run course record holder Jim Walmsley, 2015 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championship runner-up Andy Wacker, 2017 UTMB CCC winner Hayden Hawks and Sam Sahli who is currently ranked 8th in the WMRA Mountain Running World Cup.

Joseph Gray, 35, Colorado Springs, CO. In addition to his 2016 World Championship, Joe won the 2019 Pikes Peak Ascent, set a course record at the 2019 Barr Trail Mountain Race and won a bronze medal at last years World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. “I’m excited to represent my country once again and even better, we will get the opportunity to compete in a country I’ve never raced in before.” Joe is sponsored by Hoka ONE ONE, Astavita, Amp Human, Fuel 100 Electrobites, Cafe Red Point, Club Northwest. Follow him on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/joegeezi/

Hayden Hawks, 28, Cedar City, UT. Along with teammate Joe Gray, Hayden was a member of the gold medal winning U.S. men’s team at the 2016 World Mountain Running Championships in Bulgaria. Since then, Hayden has torn up the trails in longer distance events with 2019 wins at the Broken Arrow 52K, UTGK (China) 80K, Chuckanut 50K and Artenara 30K (Spain). “Going to Patagonia has always been a dream of mine. To be able to go there and represent Team USATF at the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships is more than I could ever expect! I am so grateful to represent my country at this event and will train hard and give it my all so we can win the team and individual gold medals! The course looks amazing and I can’t wait for all the incredible fans, culture, mountains, and food in Argentina!” Hayden is sponsored by Altra, Nathan, Coros, Unived, and Revant Optics. Follow him on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/hawks_hayden11/

Andy Wacker, 30, Boulder, CO. Known for his aggressive race starts and high kick finishes, Andy is one only a few Americans to compete in the long distance and short distance mountain running championships in the same year. He finished 5th at last years World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships, won the 2016 USATF Half Marathon Trail Championships and has a road half marathon PR of 1:03:25. “If you are lucky enough to run five long distance world mountain running championships, in a row, you are lucky enough, right? Probably, but I’m hoping, that like a fine, cave-aged cheese, I’m getting better with time. So, with great pleasure, and some painful training, I hope to bring this American cheese to Patagonia for another chance at the gold!” Andy is sponsored by Nike Trail, Suunto and Honey Stinger. Follow him on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/wackera/

Jim Walmsley, 29, Flagstaff, AZ. Jim stormed onto the U.S. trail running scene with a dominant win at the 2016 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile where he still holds the course record. More recently Jim was the top American finisher coming home in 3rd place at the hyper-competitive Sierre-Zinal race in Switzerland. His Western States comeback story is legendary – third time is a charm“I’m very excited for the opportunity to race in my first World Mountain Running Championship alongside some other incredible athletes on this team.” Jim is sponsored by Hoka One One. Follow him on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/walmsleyruns/

Sam Sahli, 24, Boulder, CO. An experienced ski mountaineering athlete who has crossed over to mountain and trail racing, Sam won the 2019 USATF 50K Trail Championship and represented the U.S. at the Trail World Championships in Portugal. Since then Sam has fallen hard for European races having competed in Sierre-Zinal (Switzerland), the Grossglocknerlauf (Austria) and the Snowdon Race (Wales). “After a tough race earlier this year at the Trail World Championships I’m thrilled to make this US team and have another opportunity to test myself against the best mountain runners in the World. Putting on a USA jersey was amazing the first time, and I can’t wait to do it again with this team of big-time American mountain runners. I will do everything in my ability to help the team earn a spot on the podium and have fun along the way. It’s going to be wild ride down in Argentina!” Sam is sponsored by RaidLight and Honey Stinger. Follow him on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/sam_sahli/

Morgan Arritola, 33, Ketchum, ID. Morgan raced for the United States Ski Team at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. Shortly after she transitioned to trail running finishing 2nd at the 2010 USATF Half Marathon Trail Championships. Getting into mountain running fitness quickly, Morgan finished 3rd at the 2012 World Mountain Running Championships, helped the U.S. women to a team silver medal at the 2015 World Mountain Running Championships and has won several USATF Trail and Mountain Running Championships. “I am so excited to be a member of the team again and I can’t wait for this amazing mountain running experience in Argentina.” Get this woman a sponsor!

Ashley Brasovan, 28, Westminster, CO. Ashley made her trail racing debut by winning the 2017 USATF Half Marathon Trail Championships. After that fast start, Ashley finished 8th at the 2018 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships in Poland, won the 2019 Behind the Rocks Ultra 30K and ran 2:40:19 at the California International Marathon (CIM). “After an 8th place finish at last year’s world championship, I am excited to try to vie for a podium spot this year and a team medal with the super talented group of ladies coming out!” Ashley is sponsored by Hoka One One, Runners High Herbals, Leki USA, Nuun and Honey Stinger. Follow her on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/ashley_brasovan/

Rachel Drake, 28, Portland, OR. Rachel won the 2018 USATF Trail Marathon Championship in Moab, Utah; took another win at the 2019 Peterson Ridge Rumble and finished 2nd at the 2019 USATF 50K Trail Championships in Auburn, CA. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to storm the mountains of Argentina with so many strong women!” Rachel is sponsored by Nike Trail. Follow her on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/rachelraedrake/

Dani Moreno, 27, Santa Barbara, CA. Dani is a veteran of the 2017 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships and 2019 Trail World Championships. She won the 2019 USATF 50K Trail Championships and the 2018 XTERRA Trail World Championships in Hawaii. “Each time I get the opportunity to put on the USA jersey, I feel honored and humbled. I am sure former team USA members can agree that you can’t replace the feeling you get when you represent your country in a global competition. Our team is strong, and I can’t wait to get “sendy” with our squad. Go team USATF!”Dani is sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE and rabbit. Follow her on  Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/dan_yell_a/

Tara Richardson, 28, Flagstaff, AZ. A versatile athlete on and off the trails, Tara was runner-up at the 2018 USATF Trail Marathon Championships, won the 2019 Leadville Trail Marathon and was 2nd at the 2019 Mad City (Road) 50K in a time of 3:28. “Trail running has brought so much happiness into my life. To have the opportunity to represent the USA in a sport I am so passionate about is a dream come true! I am excited to face the challenging course in Argentina alongside my USA teammates.” Follow Tara on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/t_rich7191/

U.S. Long Distance Mountain Running Team staff members will be Jason Bryant (Team Leader) and Richard Bolt (Assistant Team Leader). Jason is an avid mountain/trail runner, member of the USATF Mountain/Ultra/Trail Council and has been a team leader for previous IAU Trail and WMRA Long Distance events. Richard raced in three Olympic Trials in cross country skiing, is a two-time athlete on the US Mountain Running Team and has been a team staff member at 20 World Championship events. Jason and Richard will be posting team updates from Argentina on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/usmrt

In the 35 year history of the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA), this will be the first mountain running world championship event to take place in South America. In another first, the World Mountain Running Association’s (short distance) World Mountain Running Championships and the World Long Distance Mountain Championships will take place on the same weekend. The 14km short distance “classic” race will take place on Friday, November 15, while the 42 km long distance event will be held on Saturday, November 16.

The championships are hosted by the K42 Adventure Marathon which began in 2003, and features a technical course to challenge runners. The long distance championship course has over 7000’ of climbing and descending in its 42 kilometers.

This is the 16th year for the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championship and the fifth year the event has been designated a “world championship” by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and the fifth year the US American team will receive funding from USA Track & Field.A US team first took part in the Long Distance Mountain Running event in 2010. US women’s teams have won gold in 2010, 2012, and 2014; silver in 2017; and bronze in 2015. The US men’s teams have won gold in 2010 and 2014; and silver in 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2018.Due to administrative and world championship entry form processing limitations, no team member substitutions can be made after October 21.Athletes representing the United States in the “short-distance” World Mountain Running Championship will be selected on September 29, in Waterville Valley, NH at the USATF Mountain Running Championships. The top four men and top four women will be automatically be selected to Team USATF and join the long distance team in Argentina.

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