Invitation to the 27th World Mountain Running Championships in Tirana, Albania.
Team USA at the Hotel Adriatika in Durres, Albania
Team USA - athletes
Junior Women's Team - Clare Moretz, Lara Shegoski & Krisztina Dearborn
Ellen Miller (women's coach) and Nancy Hobbs (Team Manager and WMRA Treasurer).
Richard Bolt - Team Leader
University of Richmond athletes - Clare Moretz, Ryan Lee and Billy Fayette.
Joe Gray in the start / finish area on course pre-view day.
Ryan Lee and Billy Fayette.
Ellen Miller and Michele Suszek
Billy Fayette shows off his fresh wound and the drainage ditch that caused his fall.
Krisztina Dearborn and Lara Shegoski
Clare Moretz talks with Nancy Hobbs
Team USA at the US Embassy in Tirana.
Team USA with US Ambassador to Albania Alexander A. Arvizu.
Team USA having a Q&A with embassy staff member Niles Cole.
Nancy Hobbs presents Ambassador Arvizu with gifts from the US Mountain Running Team.
Oliver Bear Don't Walk carrying the US flag at the opening ceremonies
Team USA marches to the opening ceremonies
Oliver Bear Don't Walk leading the US Team by the Enver Hoxha Mausoleum (Piramida). This pyramid-shaped structure was designed by the daughter and son-in-law of the late communist leader Enver Hoxha. It was supposed to end up a museum about his legacy (in addition to his mausoleum), but became a conference center and party venue
International athletes march into the Pallati i Kongreseve
The US flag flies on it's way into the Pallati i Kongreseve
Brandy Erholtz, Ellen Miller, Michele Suszek and Megan Lizotte
Albanian TV covered the opening ceremonies live.
Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha at the opening ceremonies
Krisztina Dearborn (24th place - 24:02) at the top of the course.
Lara Shegoski (29th place - 24:34) at the top of the course.
Clare Moretz (30th place - 24:35) at the top of the course.
Ryan Lee prior to the junior men's race.
Ryan Lee at 1.5k in the junior men's race.
Billy Fayette at 1.5k in the junior men's race.
Billy Fayette on the big downhill at 3k.
Oliver Bear Don't Walk flies past an Irish runner on the big downhill at 3k.
Ryan Lee at 6k on his second lap.
Billy Fayette at 6k on his second lap.
Oliver Bear Don't Walk (54th place - 47:40) at 6k on his second lap.
Ryan Lee (11th place - 39:15) on the descent with 1k to go.
Billy Fayette (28th place - 41:16) with 1k to go.
Kasie Enman on her first lap.
Michele Suszek on her first lap.
Brandy Erholtz on her first lap.
Megan Lizotte on her first lap.
Kasie Enman on the descent.
Brandy Erholtz on the descent.
Michele Suszek on the descent.
Megan Lizotte on the descent.
Kasie Enman (1st place - 40:39).
Megan Lizotte (12th place - 43:56).
Michele Suszek (21st place - 44:48).
Brandy Erholtz (26th place - 45:56).
Kasie Enman - 2011 World Mountain Running Champion. (photo by Nancy Hobbs)
Ugandan team takes an early lead in the 3 lap, 13k men's race.
Max King puts distance on the Ugandan runners during the first steep descent.
Joe Gray on the first lap descent.
Ryan Lee on his first lap decent.
Tommy Manning on the descent.
Max King heads uphill on lap 2.
Joe Gray on lap 2.
Max King descends on lap 2.
Joe Gray descends on lap 2.
Mid-pack runners kick up dust on the steep descent.
Max King heads uphill on lap 3 in second place.
Max King looking strong despite the 97 degree heat and noon start.
Max King - 2011 World Mountain Running Champion. (photo by Nancy Hobbs)
Max King gives an interview to Albanian TV.
Max King and 3rd place finisher Martin Dematteis (Italy) at doping control after the race.
Team Leader Richard Bolt on course to cheer on the athletes, take photos and send live updates via twitter.
World Champion Kasie Enman and Arcada.
Team USA looking relaxed at the awards ceremony in Durres, Albania.
Kasie Enman on the medal stand.
Kasie Enman with her gold medal.
Kasie Enman (Gold), Elena Rukhlyada from Russia (Silver), Marie-Laure Dumergues from France (Bronze).
Max King looks at the US flag as our national anthem is played.
Max King (Gold), Ahmet Arslan from Turkey (Silver) and Martin Dematteis from Italy (Bronze).
Kasie Enman watches the US flag rising as our national anthem is played.