The American Regional Challenge (ARC)

The AUA and the USA Ultra Team Program have announced a new competitive team competition to be held at the United States National Ultra Championships.  This competition brings regional areas of the country together in a highly competitive format to determine which region of the country has the best all-around ultrarunners at that particular event.

This competition will be held at the major National Ultra Championships throughout the year.  The GNC National 100km Championship, the Ice Age 50 Mile Trail Championship and the Olander Park 24 Hour National Championship are the inaugural ARC events.

The United States divided into four distinct regions: East, Central, South and West.  The top 3 men and top 2 women from each region will combine their scoring place (cross country scoring) to see who has the lowest aggregate score.  The team with the lowest point total will be declared the winner.  In the event of a tie, the region to score a 6th finisher will be declared the champion.

The regional breakdown, by state, is as follows:

East ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI, NY, PA, NJ, WV, MD, DE, DC
Central OH, MI, IN, IL, WI, MN, IA, MO, ND, SD, NE, KS
South VA, KY, TN, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, AR, OK, TX
West CA, OR, WA, ID, MT, WY, NV, UT, CO, AZ, NM, HI, AK

Regional captains have been named to help secure runners from their respective regions to compete at the major championships or ARC events.  The captains are: 

East Jim Garcia
Central Kevin Setnes
South Janice Anderson
West Mo Bartley 

This regional team competition DOES NOT replace member USATF club or team competition.   For more information on the American Regional Challenge (ARC), please contact the AUA directly.

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