Sunday, December 12, 2010

USATF Announces 2011 Championship Schedule (Mountain/Ultra/Trail)

The Mountain/Ultra/Trail (MUT) Council of USA Track & Field (USATF) announced the 2011 schedule of national championship races at their annual meeting last week. There are some new races in new places (and more prize $$$), and a few of the favorites. Here they are in order of distance:

24 Hour RoadNorth Coast Endurance Run – 09/17/2011 Cleveland, OH ($6k in prize money)

100 Mile RoadBurning River 100m 07/30/2011 Cleveland, OH ($10k in prize money)

100km RoadMad City 100k 04/09/2011 Madison, WI ($6k in prize money)

100km TrailBandera 100K 01/08/2011 Bandera, TX ($2k in prize money)

50 Mile RoadTussey mOUnTaiNBACK 50 Miler – 10/23/2011 Boalsburg, PA

50 Mile TrailNueces Endurance Run 03/05/2011 Rocksprings, TX

50km RoadCaumsett 50K 03/06/2011 Long Island, NY ($1k in prize money)

50km TrailFlagline 50K 09/24/2011 Bend, OR ($2.5k in prize money)

½ marathon TrailFootzone Dirty Half 06/12/2011 Bend, OR ($2500 in prize money)

15km TrailUSA 15km Trail Champs 05/14/2011 Spokane, WA

10km TrailContinental Divide Trail Race 08/27/2011 Laurel Springs, NC

Mountain Running/US Team SelectionCranmore Hill Climb 06/26/2011 North Conway, NH

In addition, there will be a point series for the four sub-marathon races. The trail marathon distance does not have a race yet, but the application process is open until the end of December should any RD want to jump in.

The Bandera 100k is the return of the 100k trail championship, plus a big race in the Montrail Series with Western States slots for winners; that will certainly be competitive (Geoff Roes has already signed on). It's interesting to me that the Burning River 100m and Tussey are "road" distances, since both have a ton of trails, but I'm certainly not going to complain.

If you want to do them all, the calendar is spread out pretty good this year!

- SD

1 comment:

  1. The 2011 schedule of National Championship Races in the USA is looking pretty amazing. I'm a sports nut myself - going to gym 4 - 5 times a week and enjoying all these cardio workouts. I cycle 18km a day and try to get in a good all-body muscle workout in the free weights sections. I figure I'm a long ways off running a 100 km or 100 mile race just yet, but with a site like this, I feel totally inspired to continue with my passion. Keep up the great writing - I love these posts and since I've discovered this blog - I'm enamored by its content. Keep on trucking sports fan -

    Jeremy Stersky


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