Bellingham distance runner Maria Dalzot has been selected to the 2016 USA Long Distance Mountain Running Team, which will compete in the World Mountain Running Association Long Distance Championships June 18 in Podbrdo, Solvenia, as part of the Gorski Marathon, according to a press release.
This is the second straight year Dalzot has represented the United States on the senior team.
“It is an honor and an exciting opportunity to represent the U.S. at the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championship in Podbrdro, Slovenia,” Dalzot said in the release.
She will be joined by fellow veteran team members Megan Kimmel and Anita Oritz of Colorado and Amber Reece-Young of North Carolina and newcomer Kristina Pattison from Colorado.
The U.S. women’s team has claimed gold in the event three of the previous 12 times the WMRA Long Distance Mountain Running Championships have been held and took broze last year.
“I am proud to stand on the starting line with my teammates and competitors who all inspire me on and off the trails,” Dalzot said. “The Gorski Marathon will be challenging, but Team USA will be prepared thanks to the support of friends, family and the trail/mountain running community.”
Dalzot used last year’s Alpine Running leg of Ski to Sea as a warm up for last year’s WMRA championships and was the top-finishing female on the 3.3-mile course with a time of 24 minutes, 37 seconds.