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Article on Junior Team Member Chris York

Chris’ hometown newspaper, The Winchester Star, did a great feature article on Chris.  You can read the whole article here at Steve Taylor’s Blog.   Steve is the Head Coach for the Track and Field and Cross Country programs at the University of Richmond and a big supporter of our US Mountain Running Team.  Chris is the fourth runner from the University of Richmond who has competed for Team USA at the World Mountain Running Championships.

Brandy Erholtz wins Pikes Peak Ascent, Team USA wins Gold

Courtesy of Nancy Hobbs

At today’s 55th running of the Pikes Peak Ascent, Team USA wins gold besting the other team competitors in the 7th WMRA World Long Distance Challenge, (England, Scotland, Slovenia, Germany) in spite of three of Team USA’s runners going off course approximately one mile below the A-frame water station which is approximately three mile from the summit finish line.

Brandy Erholtz, Bailey, CO, also led start to finish, but second and third-place finishers Kim Dobson, CO, and Anna Frost, Dunedin, NZ, were closing the gap in the final switchbacks on the course. The top three women finished within More >

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US Juniors prepare for trip to Slovenia for World Mountain Running Championships

The 2010 U.S. Mountain Running Team is heading to Kamnik, Slovenia, to compete at the 26th World Mountain Running Championships on September 5. To be elgible to compete as a junior, athletes must be at least 16 in the year of competition and not yet 20.

The Senior Teams were selected at the sole qualifying race at the 2010 Mount Washington Road Race in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire.  The Senior Men’s Team consists of Eric Blake, 31, New Britain, CT,, Joseph Gray, 26, Lakewood, WA, Rickey Gates, 29, Woody Creek, CO, Max King, 30, Bend, OR, Tommy Manning, 34, Colorado Springs, CO, More >


Lund wins Course de Sierre-Zinal in Switzerland

Megan Lund led the field from near the start of this 31km Skyrunning World Series event in Switzerland.  Lund finished in a time of 3h09’28”.   She outdistanced Britain’s Anglea Mudge, a past skyrunning world champion, who finished second in 3h11’02” and the new SkyMarathon® World Champion, France’s Laetitia Roux, third, in 3h11’48”.

Two other US Mountain Team members also had strong showings in the race, with Brandy Erholtz finishing in 4th and, on the men’s side, Joe Gray finished in 10th.

Complete Results


Brandy Erholtz wins Harakiri Run in Austria

Mayrhofen-Austria, 1. August – The second “Harakiri Run” was also the second event of the WMRA Grand Prix 2010 circuit.  Excellent conditions with sunny but not hot weather and dry course announced attack to the course record set at the first edition in 2009.  Ahmet Arslan, 4-times European Champion was the winner in 50:39. Brandy Erholtz, USA, was the women’s winner in 1:04:26, over four minutes ahead of her nearest competitor  Michaela MERTOVA of the Czech Republic.

2010 Team Member Eric Blake wins at Loon Mountain Race,

Reprinted from the Running Around CT Blog

Mountain runner Eric Blake (recently named the Central CT women’s coach) has a good story now for when people ask him, “What’s the craziest thing that ever happened to you when you were running?”

Last weekend, Blake was running the second to last race in the New England Mountain Running Series, a 5.5-miler at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire. He was in the lead and close to the finish when he came upon a black bear.

Blake wasn’t really paying attention at first; neither was the bear.

But then the two spotted each other. Blake, More >

First Timers Victorious at USA Mountain Running Championships

Pinkham Notch, NH — The 50th running of the Mt. Washington Road Race saw two newcomers take top honors at the USA Mountain Running Championships. Chris Siemers, 29, Arvada, CO, crossed the finish line after 7.6 miles at an elevation of 6,288-feet above sea level in a time of 1:00:22. Kristen Price, 28, Raleigh, NC, was the top U.S. woman and USA Mountain Running Champion timed in 1:11:13. Price was outdistanced by 23-year old Ethiopian Shewarge Amars who raced to a course record of 1:08:21 breaking the previous mark of 1:10:08 set by Magdalena Thorsell, Sweden, in 1988.

With their wins, Siemers and Price made More >

Qualifying Information for the 2010 US Mountain Running Team

Looking to qualify for the 2010 US Mountain Running Team? Here’s what you need to do:

For the first time in team history, all 10 spots for the US Men’s & Women’s Mountain running team will be chosen at a single race. That race is the 50th running of the Mount Washington Road Race in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire. The top 6 men and top 4 women at Mt. Washington will make up this year’s team. All athletes looking to make the team must be US Citizens and a Member of USA Track & Field to be considered eligible for the team.

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2010 USA Mountain Running Championships Awarded

The 50th Anniversary of the Mount Washington Road Race will also play host to the USA Mountain Running Championships. At the just ended USATF Annual Convention, the MUT Council awarded the 2010 Mountain Running Championships to Mt. Washington. In addition, all 10 members of the 2010 Mountain Running Team will be selected at Mt. Washington. The top 6 American Men who are USATF members, and the top 4 American women who are USATF members, will be awarded spots on the mountain running team that will compete in Slovenia in September 2010.

More details about the 2010 team and prize money at More >

2009 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team Wins Silver and Bronze in Italy

2009 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team Wins Silver and Bronze in ItalyAccount by Dave Dunham with edits and additional quotes by Nancy Hobbs Madesimo, Italy The 25th running of the World Mountain Running Championships were held under clear and crisp blue skies with temperatures in the upper 50s for the start of the competition. The venue was in the winter ski village of Madesimo, Italy, located three hours by bus from Milan. The course was lined with fans not only from the host country, but with worldwide fans. The sound of ringing cowbells and pulsating air horns filled the air. A total of More >