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Allie Ostrander

Competing for USA

Sophomore Honors student Allie Ostrander, of Boise State University got the chance to compete in the World Mountain Running Championships in Wales this past summer. Invited by team manager, Paul Kirsch, to be a part of the Junior Mountain Running Team, Allie represented the United States of America in the Championship race. She agrees that her experience was definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity. Aside from bonding with great team members and meeting teams from other places, she is grateful to have traveled to a foreign country to represent her country while participating in something she wholeheartedly enjoys. Ostrander commentsallie ostrander 3

“Representing the US is a really special feeling.  Putting on the jersey and stepping to the line was different from any other race I’ve taken part in.  I knew that when I was racing, I wasn’t just racing for myself or my team, but the whole USA; that inspired me.”

Part of this young runners preparation has included participating in other mountain races in Alaska, hiking during the summer, and training with the Boise State team. She mentions that the type of terrain that the University team runs on was a good fit for her preparation for mountains, although the scenery may be a bit different. Ostrander describes her love for the nature and the scenery of her competition in Wales:
allie ostrander“Mountain terrain is beautiful and it just feels right to run through the trees and foliage up a mountain…it’s there to be explored… I loved the area that we stayed in because it was right on the coast of the Irish Sea and surrounded on all other sides by mountains.  The running terrain was incredibly beautiful; all my runs went by so quickly.”

When asked why she loves running, an activity that is not too popular among society, she replies “Running is such a mentally challenging sport.  I love the toughness that competing at a high level requires.  Mountain running compounds that.  The straight uphill part of the race tests everyone mentally because all the difficulty in a mountain race is in the first half.  It’s really strange to push oneself so hard in the first half and be completely trashed only halfway through the race.  As a mountain runner, I have to know how far I can push myself on the uphill to gain an edge over my competitors, but still remain on my feet during the downhill.”

Want to hear more about Allie? Check out this article from the Idaho Statesman:
Allie Ostrander