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Posted: March 23, 2009  :

(RWire) Athletics: National Team Set for 2009 World 24 Hour Run Championship in Italy

From Dan Brannen, AUA

The 7th World Championship 24 Hour Run of the International Association of Ultrarunners will be held in Bergamo, Italy on May 2-3 of this year. U.S. national teams have performed well at the event, usually finishing among the top 5 national teams and making the team medals podium twice. The highest individual American finishes in the IAU world title event's history were achieved by Stephanie Ehret (bronze in 2005) and Phil McCarthy (4th in 2007).

This year's national team includes the following members:

Annette Bednosky, Jefferson, North Carolina
Jamie Donaldson, Littleton, Colorado
Connie Gardner, Medina, Ohio
Debra Horn, Shaker Heights, Ohio
Carilyn Johnson, El Paso, Texas
Jen Van Allen, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

William Allen, Prince Frederick, Maryland
Matt Chaffin, Manlius, New York
Scott Eppelman, Coppell, Texas
Phil McCarthy, New York, New York
Roy Pirrung, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Bob Sweeney, Louisville, Colorado

Dr. Andy Lovy, D.O., Kirksville, Missouri

At the 2008 World 24 Hour event held in Seoul, Korea, Donaldson led the U.S. women with a 5th place finish, while McCarthy was the top U.S. male in 17th place.

The team is sponsored by CW-X CONDITIONING WEAR and ARUBA SPORT EYEWEAR. The team is coordinated and managed by the American Ultrarunning Association.

Ryan Lamppa, Running USA Media Director
(805) 696-6232; Fax = (805) 659-0016

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