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October 19, 2005
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U.S. Mountain Running Team names coaches

The 2006 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team will travel to Bursa, Turkey, to compete in the 22nd World Mountain Running Trophy Race in September. A talented staff will accompany the team at next year's events.Richard Bolt of Nashua, N.H., has been named team leader for the fourth consecutive year. Prior to 2003 Bolt was an athlete on the team in 1999 and 2002. He was the third U.S. finisher at the 1999 World Trophy and at the 1999 Challenge Stellina Race in Susa, Italy. Bolt has been a top finisher in the USATF New England mountain running circuit from 1996-2005 as well a regular top ten-10 at the prestigious Mt. Washington Hill Climb. "The Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team has come so far since I first became involved in 1999. We have a very competitive selection process and continue to attract and develop excellent runners from around the country. We look forward to capitalizing on the success of the U.S. Women's Team who finished third in 2004 and more podium finishes in 2006," said Bolt.Vail's Ellen Miller will be the women's manager. She is an accomplished athlete and coach with an extensive background in high-altitude mountaineering. Miller has successfully summitted Mt. Everest two times. She was named Colorado Sportswoman of the Year 2002. She was a competitor on the Fila Skyrunning Team and qualified to compete in Europe and Tibet. Miller is an international adventure race competitor first with Team Vail and presently with Team Go-Lite. She is the 2005 USATF Masters Trail Running Champion, a Level 1 USATF Coach, and founder and director of "Mountain Divas," a women's sports program in Vail."It is an honor and a privilege to be chosen to work with such an esteemed group of athletes and coaches who represent the best in mountain running in the U.S," she said. "The upcoming season of qualifying events and preparation for the world trophy in Turkey puts us on the threshold of an exciting new era for the team. "It will be exciting and rewarding to have the opportunity to work with top female athletes, and to give back to a sport which has given so much to me. Hopefully sharing my own experiences as a mountain runner, adventure racer, and climber - both at home and abroad - will help these athletes reach their full potential."Dave Dunham of Bradford, Mass., has been named Junior Team manager taking the reins from Tom Borschel who was team manager for the past two years. One of his charges will be local Johnny Stevens. Selection races for the 2006 team include the Mount Washington Hill Climb on June 17, the US National Mountain Running Championships. Additional team selection races will be announced by USATF's Mountain Ultra Trail Council in December.Vail, Colorado

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