The 2015 USA Mountain Running Championships will be held in Bend, Oregon, the USA Track & Field’s Mountain Ultra Trail Executive Committee unanimously decided. The event will take place on July 25, 2015 at the Mt. Bachelor Ski Area.
It’s the first time the championships have been held outside of Colorado or New Hampshire. The 2014 race was at Loon Mountain, New Hampshire.
The 2015 event will feature a 4K loop course with approximately 800 feet of climbing. The course is mostly singletrack on the ascent with a short section of dirt road at the top of the loop and a mix of singletrack and dirt road on the descent.
Women will run two loops, men three loops. There will be separate starts for the men and women, and also a citizen’s race of one loop.
The 2015 race in Bend will be the lone selection race for the U.S. Mountain Running Team where the top six men and top four women to finish will earn berths to compete at the 2015 World Mountain Running Championships in September in Wales.
The Bend race will also double as the second annual Collegiate Running Association Mountain Running Championships.
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