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USATF Announces Manitou Springs, CO, as Location for WMRA Challenge

2 May, 2014


The 11th annual World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge will be hosted by the Pikes Peak Ascent on Saturday, August 16, 2014, in Manitou Springs, CO. Athletes interested in competing in the event for Team USA will have the opportunity to make this year’s 10-member squad. Selection criteria was approved by USATF’s Mountain Ultra Trail executive committee on March 5, 2014, and includes races in Colorado and New England.

The World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge is regulated by the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) under the patronage of the IAAF. The first World Long Distance Mountain Challenge was held at Sierre-Zinal in Switzerland in 2004. Since then, the event has been hosted primarily in Europe, but also in the U.S. with the Pikes Peak Marathon hosting in 2006, and the Pikes Peak Ascent in 2010.

The first team competition took place in 2009. The U.S. Women have won the team title twice and the individual title twice. The U.S. Men have one gold and one silver team titles, along with two individual titles. The U.S. team consists of 5 women and 5 men.

About USATF: On January 30 , 1878, rower and runner William B. Curtis founded what became the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) in New York City. The name was formally adopted in 1887. The AAU governed the sport of track & field until 1979, when the first Amateur Sports Act decreed that the AAU could no longer hold international franchises for more than one sport.

The Athletics Congress/USA (TAC/USA) became fully operational in late 1979 with its first annual meeting, conducted in Las Vegas in conjunction with that year's AAU Convention and a constitutional convention held in Dallas/Fort Worth in 1980. The first stand-alone annual meeting occurred in Atlanta, Georgia, in late fall of 1980.

In 1992, the name was changed to USA Track & Field (USATF) to increase recognition for the organization and the sport in the United States.

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