Tuesday, March 10, 2009

NATIONAL TEAM FOR WORLD 24 HOUR WORLD CHALLENGE ANNOUNCED!


The "official" announcement came out today!!! I am wordlessly psyched! (Yet this "lack of words" won't last long!) I WILL babble! The blurb below was posted this morning on the American UltraRunning website.

NATIONAL TEAM FOR 2009 WORLD 24-HOUR RUN CHAMPIONSHIP

The 7th Annual World Championship 24-Hour Run of the International Association of Ultrarunners will be held in Bergamo, ITALY on May 2-3 of this year. U.S. National Teams have performed well at the event, usually finishing among the top 5 national teams and making the team medals podium twice. The highest individual American finishes in the world title event's half-decade history were achieved by Stephanie Ehret (3rd in 2005) and Phil McCarthy (4th in 2007).

This year's National Team includes the following members:

WOMEN
Annette Bednosky, Jefferson, North Carolina
Jamie Donaldson, Littleton, Colorado
Connie Gardner, Medina, Ohio
Debra Horn, Shaker Heights, Ohio
Carilyn Johnson, El Paso, Texas
Jen Van Allen, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

MEN
William Allen, Prince Frederick, Maryland
Matt Chaffin, Manlius, New York
Scott Eppelman, Coppell, Texas
Phil McCarthy, New York, New York
Roy Pirrung, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Bob Sweeney, Louisville, Colorado

TEAM MEDICAL ADVISOR
Dr. Andy Lovy, D.O., Kirksville, MO

In the 2008 World 24-Hour event held in Seoul, KOREA, Donaldson led the U.S. women with a 5th place finish and McCarthy led the men with a 17th place finish. The team is sponsored by CW-X CONDITIONING WEAR and ARUBA SPORT EYEWEAR. The team is coordinated and managed by the American Ultrarunning Association.

14 comments:

runamanda said...

Congratulations, I am so excited for you... You will do great and kick some butt!!!! Good Luck

Rick Gray said...

ONE BIG HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!!

I am so proud of you and what you have accomplished. Even with all of your injuries, your desire and stick-to-itness (not sure if that is a word) has paid off. Dreams do come true. You and George have a wonderful experience awaiting you. I am so very happy for you and I know that you are going make the USA proud!!! Rick

Sophie Speidel said...

Woooo-hooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow, you are officially a Team USA member! How cool is that? National Anthem and Red, White, and Blue, and Team USA Schwag, not to mention the incredible HONOR it is to represent your country abroad. Just think...there IS a silver lining to getting injured (I always believe that). If you were still running mountain trails all the time, and not having to take it "easy" and train on flats, perhaps you wouldn't have considered the 24-hour team, no? And here it is! WOW.

We are so proud of you ("we" being your ultra family up here in in VA):-)

Can't wait to hear all about your training and prep, as well as the race itself.

HUGS

AnthonyP said...

Congrats !!!!!!!! Well deserved.

annette bednosky said...

Thank you everyone! I was thinking about Sophie's comment akin to "one door closing and another opening." I miss fearlessly rolling on the trails...and do have some races planned on dirt-yet this flatter stuff has been an interesting addition to my running menu!

eminnick said...

Congratulations Annette! That is going to be an incredible experience, soak it all in and take lots of pictures documenting everything to share on the blog :)

Mohammed said...

Congratulations, this is an exciting time for you! Live it up, and tear it up!

Mohammed

Marlin Yoder said...

Congratulations and best wishes! How exciting after all the injury stuff; we're all pulling for you!

Mike said...

Congrats Annette! Best of luck. BTW - reading about your last weekend made me throw up - 27 & 22 mile back to back? I need to get myself there :)

Anonymous said...

You and the USA women kicked some butt! Congrats on a great race. It looks like you helped the women to a 2nd place team finish. How exciting for you and Womens' ultr-running.

MTP - Neenah WI

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