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Simon Gutierrez wins World Masters Running Champs in Czech Republic

September 6, 2008 Dolni Morava, Czech Republic —- At today’s World Masters Mountain Running Championships is Dolni Morava, Czech Republic, Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team member Simon Gutierrez, 42, Alamosa, CO, won his third straight title. His time of 50:10 over the 11.3 kilometer mostly uphill course bested the second place finisher Gilles Convert of France by 38 seconds. “I am very pleased to have won my third straight World Masters’ title. Today’s margin of victory was the biggest (of the three)….a good tune up for world’s in eight days,” wrote Gutierrez by e-mail following his victory. “Traveling to the race venue, (the More >

Mountain Team Members compete at Challenge Stellina

Susa, Italy — At today’s 20th annual Challenge Stellina Race the USA contingent of Joe Gray, Simon Gutierrez, and Rickey Gates fared well finishing fourth, seventh, and ninth respectively.

According to the jet-lagged Gutierrez who arrived in Italy on Thursday just shortly after winning the Pikes Peak Ascent on August 16, “The race went overall pretty good. There was additional entry of three top road racing Kenyans who are based in Italy which added some flavor to the early pacing. Through the first half of the 15.4 km race Rickey, Joe, and I worked together in fourth, fifth, and sixth position. One Kenyan More >

Current and former team members race at Pikes Peask Ascent

At today‘s Pikes Peak Ascent (an all uphill climb of more than 7,800 feet in 13+ miles), Simon Gutierrez, 42, Alamosa (Teva athlete and team member) was victorious in just over 2:18. He beat former Teva US Mountain Running Team Member Tim Parr (2004) by about one minute. Third place was 2007 team member Payton Batliner. Newcomer to the team this year Zach Freudenberg raced in third for the first portion of the race and fell to 11th place by the summit. For the women, first-time Teva US Mountain Running Team member Brandy Erholtz, 30, won by nearly 10 minutes More >

Joe Gray wins 12K Canadian Mountain Champs in North Vancouver

2008 Mountain Team Member Joe Gray of Lakewood, WA bested a field of the top Canadian Mountain Runners to win this 12km race in a time of 1:01:56.

Full Results here:

Gutierrez and Cuellar win at La Luz Trail Race in New Mexico

2008 Teva US Mountain Running Team Members Gutierrez and Cuellar Victorious at La Luz Albuquerque, NM — At today‘s 43rd running of the La Luz Trail Race, 2008 Teva US Mountain Running Team members Simon Gutierrez, 42, Alamosa, CO, and Rachael Cuellar, 26, Albquerque, NM were victorious. This is the 10th win at La Luz for Gutierrez. “I ran about the same time as the past three or four years (approximately 1:22), and this year it felt really easy. My training is going really well,” said Gutierrez who bested the second place finisher by more than seven minutes.

Today‘s win marks Cuellar’s More >

Gates 3rd at Telfes Grand Prix Race

Rickey Gates finished 3rd at the European Grand Prix race in Telfes, Austria.

Results are here:

Read Rickey’s Blog Post about the race here:

Gates 1st at Grintovec Race

Team Member Rickey Gates was first at the Grintovec Mountain Race, which served as the Slovenian Mountain Running Champs. He posted the 3rd fastest time ever. Make sure you check out the course photos below. A very impressive and steep course.

Results are here:

Photos here:

Course and Race info here:

Rickey’s race Report Here:

2008 Mountain Running Team Selected – 16 members hail from 9 states

2008 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team AnnouncedNine States Represented Among the Sixteen AthletesColorado Springs, CO —–The 2008 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Teamwill compete at the 24thWorld Mountain Running Trophy in Sierre Crans-Montana, Switzerland, on Sunday, September 14, 2008. This year’s senior team includes five former team members and five newcomers ranging in age from 24 to 42.

Only one former team member is on the six-member junior squad (athletes must be at least 16 and not yet 20 in the year of competition), while the rest are first-time team members. At the World Trophy, the junior men, like the senior women, More >

Old Press Releases

Old Press Releases for the Team can be found at the old News Page, which is located here:

07/20/08 Gutierrez, Kimmel Win Berry Picker selection race.

07/06/08 Gutierrez wins Vail Hillclimb

07/05/08 US Women win Gold at NACAC Mt. Champs

06/21/08 Blake, Erholz Win at Mt. Washington

06/12/08 Mount Washington Road Race hosts Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team Selection Race

05/06/08 Elite Field Expected at Mt. Washington

02/01/08 Ortholite Joins Team as Official Insole

01/20/08 Wicked Fast Sports Nutrition Joins Team as Official Dietary Supplement

01/18/08 Vail Mountain Winter Uphill Race – in Memory of Team Member Lyndon Ellefson

12/13/07 2008 Teva US Mountain Running Team Selection Information now More >

Combining the Blog and the News Page

Hi All, it’s been a while since anything was posted about the Mountain Team. I decided it would make more sense to combine the Mountain Team News Page and the Blog together here at the blog pages, which allows me to keep the blog current all year long and not just info on when the team is preparing.

Lots of excitement for the upcoming Mountain Champs in September in Switzerland for the US Team. Strong mens, womens and junior teams have been assembled as the women look to defend their Junior team Silver Medal and the Women look to defend their More >