Idaho State’sJoseph Simmons’ longtime dream will become reality when he steps to the starting line of the World Mountain Running Championship at 9 a.m. Central European Summer Time on Sunday morning in Premana, Italy.

The Bengals sophomore will shed his orange and black uniform for the red, white and blue of Team USA on the 6.5 kilometer course featuring 435 meters of elevation change.

The junior men’s race will feature 83 of the world’s best runners between the ages of 16-19. In all, 21 countries will be represented.

Simmons was one of four males named to the Men’s U.S. Junior Mountain Running team in July after the executive committee read a record number of applications. Simmons walked with his teammates in the opening ceremonies on Saturday evening.

This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the World Mountain Running Championships.