It is very encouraging to see the 24-Hour Race has increased participation each year from when I started four years ago. Last year, 28 countries participated and 14 women's teams competed (a team must include at least 3 runners from a country).
This year, runners from a total of 30 countries are set to participate in France on May 13th. Additionally, we now have increased the number of women's teams - 16 total! The women's teams are: Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Russia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States.
While the French women are the heavy favorites (they took the Number 1 and 2 spots last year and the Gold Team medal), I have confidence in my teammates that the French will get a run for their money. It should be exciting to watch!