After last weekend's Moab Trail Marathon, Team USA selection for the 14th WMRA Long Distance Mountain Running Championships on August 6, 2017 in Premana, Italy has been updated. Congrats automatic selectees Mario Mendoza Jr. Megan Kimmel, Joseph Gray, Alicia Vargo, Sage Canaday and Addie Bracy. bit.ly/2b8xRSm ... See MoreSee Less
Sage Canaday & Addie Bracy win the USATF Trail Marathon Championships in Moab and earn spots on TeamUSA for the 2017 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. ... See MoreSee Less
USATF 50-MILE ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS / Tussey MOUnTaiNBACK 50-Mile in Boaslsburg, PA.
Hoechst and Merkle Win 50-mile National Titles
Heather Hoechst, 37, of Farmington, NM, repeated as the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK winner and earned a national title to go with it. Akron's Israel Merkle, 28, made his ultra marathon debut and earned the men's title.
Hoechst, last year's Tussey champion, returned to Rothrock State Forest, for the 17th running and negotiated the very hilly course 16 minutes faster than she had in 2015.
Merkle, an environmental inspector, approved of the 100,00 acre forest, and said he was going beyond 26.2 miles for the first time because of a "bad" influence. That being encouragement from multiple ultra champion, Connie Gardner, who earned the top 50-54 spot in this year's version and has been a previous overall winner at Tussey and numerous other national championships.
Tussey has played host to the championship event ten times, under the direction of Penn State's Michael Casper, of State College.
Berryville, VA masters winner, Brad Hinton, 40, battled to the end with 4th place finisher Jason Lantz,who edged him out by .32 of a second. Female runner up, Justyna, Wilson, 41, from Bensalem, PA placed as the top female masters.
Photos: Cameron Hart/studio2photography
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Akron's Israel Merkle, 28, wins 50 Mile Road title at Tussey m...
Akron's Israel Merkle, 28, made his ultra marathon debut and earned the men's 50 Mile Road title at Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK. ... See MoreSee Less