Opening Ceremonies With Team USA

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By: Mike McMonagle

Our stories following Team USA at this years World Mountain and Trail Running Championships will feature images by Mike McMonagle and words by Corrine Malcolm. Find Mike taking photos near you - or in his backyard in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The parade of nations is always an opportunity for the host nation to show off a little flair, and the festivities in Chiang Mai did not disappoint. Literal flare – or in this case, fireworks!

The parade of nations in Chiang Mai
The opening ceremonies gets under way at WMTRC 2022
Freetrail Favorite Paddy O'Leary representing Ireland
Freetrail fan favorite Paddy O’Leary representing Ireland this weekend
Team USA gives high fives on the way into the ceremonies
High fives to the home team athletes from Thailand as Team USA enters the parade of nations
Leah Yingling at the opening ceremonies
Leah Yingling taking in a “once in a lifetime” moment
Kaytlyn Gerbin during the opening ceremonies
Kaytlyn Gerbin caught in a pause
Jeff Colt during the opening ceremonies
Jeff “always with a coffee in hand” Colt waits for the start of the parade of nations
Lauren Gregory during the opening ceremonies
Lauren Gregory poised ahead of a weekend of racing
The host nation - Thailand waiting for the parade of nations
The host nation Thailand waits to enter the parade of nations
Adam Peterman and Adam Merry ahead of opening ceremonies
Adam Peterman and “Dadam” Adam Merry ahead of Opening Ceremonies
Andy Wacker during the opening ceremonies
Andy Wacker a Team USA veteran
The junior team enjoys opening ceremonies
The U20 athletes ready to race on Sunday
Brittney, the funny runner, as flag bearer during the parade of nations
Brittany “the funny runner” Charboneau having a best day ever!
Allie Mac celebrating the parade of nations
Allie McLaughlin ready to charge into a weekend of racing after an impressive GTWS Finals just last week
WMTRC 2022 Chiang Mai

Next Up is the Vertical Mountain Running race, an all uphill race that covers 5.3 miles with 3,494 feet of climbing (8.5-kilometers, 1065-meters). The women’s team will be led by Lauren Gregory, Allie McLaughlin, and Rachel Tomajczyk – while the men will be led by defending champion Joseph Gray as well as Dan Curts and Cameron Smith. Join us back here for photo race highlights and some tales from the trail.

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