The deadline for submitting information for selection to the 2005 TEVA US
World Mountain Running Junior Team is fast approaching.  We are looking for talented and adventurous runners who are under the age of 20 this calendar year, to represent the US against the world's best junior mountain runners in New Zealand this Fall.


2005 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team Selection Process

The Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team will compete in the 21st World Mountain Running Trophy in Wellington, New Zealand on Sunday, September 25, 2005. Additionally an open race competition will be held on September 25 prior to the World Trophy junior and senior events. This year's Trophy races are uphill/downhill events (as opposed to even-numbered years when the events are held on uphill courses) with the  junior men running 9.1km, and the junior women running 4.7km.

The team is sponsored by Teva, the title sponsor and official footwear of
the team, and SportHill apparel. Teva has been the title sponsor since 2002
and we are pleased to welcome SportHill this year, the first year as an
official team sponsor. Additionally 180s has joined as a team gear sponsor
and manufacturer of such items as the ExoLiteT Ear Warmer, Convertible
Running GloveT and Eye Gear. And bag sponsor Ground has joined as a team sponsor as well and provides a
large duffle bag and backpack to each team member.

The junior men's team includes a maximum of four with top three scoring
while the junior women's team is a maximum of three with the top two
scoring. The alternates will run in the Open race, or should another athlete
be unable to compete, in the Trophy race. Team leader Richard Bolt,
New Hampshire and junior team manager Tom Borschel, Idaho will accompany the team to New Zealand.

Juniors Team Selection - 2005 Teva US Mountain Running Team
For team consideration, the junior athlete:

Must have posted a 16:45 or better (junior men) and 19:30 or better
(junior women) in a 5K road or cross country event. (Equivalent times will
be considered for distances other than 5K.)

Must have experience running (in training and preferably racing) on up and
down courses similar to the event.

Must be mature, motivated, with a positive attitude to proudly represent
the United States and sponsors internationally, under the rules of USATF and the event governing bodies. Must be a current member of USATF.

A letter of recommendation from a coach, parent, or mentor-runner must
accompany the athlete resume. Resumes (including road, trail, track, and
cross country results and current training info) will be accepted through
July 15th. Late breaking information and results can be added until August
10th. Team members will be announced by August 15, 2005.

Each Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team Member receives the following:
? Official USATF National Team apparel supplied by SportHill
? Teva footwear
? Duffle bag and backpack provided by Ground
? ExoLiteT Ear Warmer, Convertible Running GloveT and EyeGearsupplied    by 180s
? Airline ticket to New Zealand, or up to $1200 for senior team members and
$650 for junior team members - whichever is less (more funding is contingent upon additional sponsors)
? Lodging and meals for the 4-night/5-day stay in Wellington

Nancy Hobbs (Manager, Teva US Mountain Running Team): (719) 573-4133

Richard Bolt (Team Leader, Teva US Mountain Running Team): (603) 494-6947

Tom Borschel (Junior Manager, Teva US Mountain Running Team):