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Posted: August 6, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

(RWire) Athletics: 2009 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team Announced

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - (August 2, 2009) - The Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team will compete at the 25th World Mountain Running Championships in Campodolcino, Italy on Sunday, September 6, 2009. Campodolcino is located in the province of Sondrio in the Lombardy region located approximately 100 kilometers / 62 miles north of Milan.

This year's team includes the following athletes:

SENIOR MEN
Joseph Gray, 25, Lakewood, WA; Zac Freudenberg, 31, St. Louis, MO; Matt Byrne, 34, Scranton, PA; Tim Parr, 27, Gunnison, CO, Andrew Benford, 22, Ravenswood, VA and Rickey Gates, 28, Boulder, CO

SENIOR WOMEN
Christine Lundy, 39, Sausalito, CA; Megan Kimmel, 29, Silverton, CO; Megan Lund, 25, Basalt, CO and Brandy Erholtz, 32, Bailey, CO

JUNIOR MEN
Tim Smith, 19, Roanoke, VA; Brandon Lord, 17, Hixson, TN; Dan Nafziger, 18, Harrisonburg, VA and Brian Rooney, 19, Arlington, VA

JUNIOR WOMEN
Megan Morgan, 17, Del Mar, CA; Alex Dent, 16, Scott Depot, WV and Robyn Arnold, 16, Redlands, CA

Last year at the Worlds, the U.S. Senior men's team led by Rickey Gates of Boulder, CO took home its first bronze medal, while 17-year-old Alex Dunne of San Clemente, CA was the bronze medalist in the Junior girls race.

This year's races are held on an up / down loop course (as opposed to even-numbered years when the events are held on uphill-only courses) with the Senior men running approximately 13.02K, the Senior women and Junior men running a distance slightly over 8.68K, while the Junior women run approximately 4.34K. The Senior women's team includes four athletes with the top three finishers scoring for the team. Six athletes will represent the Senior men's team with the top four finishers scoring. The Junior men's team includes four athletes with the top three scoring, while the Junior women's team is comprised of three athletes with the top two scoring.

Team manager Nancy Hobbs, Colorado Springs, CO; team leader Richard Bolt, Portland, OR; team manager for the Juniors Dave Dunham, Bradford, MA, and women's team manager Ellen Miller, Vail, CO will accompany the team to Italy.

For more on the World Mountain Running Championships, go to: www.wmrc2009.org


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