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Loon Mountain Race – Athlete Profile: Brandy Erholtz

Brandy lives in Evergreen, CO.  She is a four-time member of the U.S. Mountain Running Team and qualified for her most recent USMRT in 2011 by placing third at the Mt. Cranmore Hillclimb in a photo finish (see accompanying photo below where Erholtz is on the right). In 2011, Erholtz’s results included a third place at the Dolomite Sky-Race, fourth at the Grand Prix Harikiri Race, fourth at the Mt. Kinabalu Climbathon and first at the 2012 America’s Uphill – a winter snowshoe race in Aspen, CO.

Erholtz just recently finished second at the Mt. Washington Road Race (MWRR) behind fellow More >

Loon Mountain Race – Athlete Profile: Amber Moran

Amber Moran is a trail and mountain runner and accomplished road racer who hails from the Asheville, North Carolina area.

She placed 7th at the USA Mountain Championships at Mt. Washington in 2010 and 5th in 2011 at the USA Mountain Championships at Mt. Cranmore, missing a spot on the US Mountain Running Team by only a second.  In 2009, she took fourth at the USA 10k Trail National Championships and finished third at the 2011 NACAC Mountain Running Championships in Ajijic, Mexico.

Besides her accomplishments in the mountains and on the trails, Amber also is an accomplished road runner, with PRs of 4:44 More >


US Women’s Mountain Running Team will be decided in 10 days at Loon Mountain

The Loon Mountain Race, well know in New England as one of the toughest, most European-like of all of the mountain races in the country, will serve as the venue for the 2012 sole qualifying race for the 2012 US Women’s Mountain Running Team.  The top 4 US Women at the race will go to Ponte di Legno Italy to represent the US at the World Mountain Running Championships.

The competition at this year’s race is probably the best it has ever been for our women’s selection race.  Over the next week, we’ll be highlighting some of the competitors who will More >

Mt. Washington will feature 5 World Mountain Running Championship Individual Medalists

This year’s Mt. Washington Road Race has an interesting distinction.  Never before has it featured so many runners in the same race who have all been on the podium for individual medals at the World Mountain Running Championships.  This year’s field includes the following individual medalists:

Marco DeGasperi  (Italy) Dave Dunham (USA) Kasie Enman (USA) Laura Haefeli (USA) Max King (USA)


Catch Live Updates of the US Mountain Running Championships this Weekend

Members of the US Mountain Running Team Staff will be in the Press Van providing live twitter updates and photos from this year’s US Mountain Running Championships at Mount Washington.  You’ll be able to see how the race unfolds mile by mile at Mt. Washington this coming Saturday at 9AM ET by following our Twitter Feed.

Follow the action live at or on our Facebook Page or on the right column of our website:

Do You Have What It Takes to Represent the USA?

Check out our video on the US Mountain Running Team.  It’s focused on the Junior Team but it gives anyone a great glimpse into what it’s like to race at the World Mountain Running Championships.

Qualifying for the 2012 US Mountain Running Team

Open Athletes Qualifying Process

Open Athletes qualify for the team by competing at the Team Qualifying Race at the Cranmore Hill Climb on July 21st. The team will then head to Krynica Zdrój, Poland to compete in the 29th Annual World Mountain Running Championships on September 8th.

Team manager Nancy Hobbs, Colorado Springs, CO, team leader Richard Bolt, San Jose, CA, team manager for the juniors Paul Kirsch, Madison, NH, and women’s team manager Ellen Miller, Vail, CO will accompany the team to Poland.

Junior Mountain Team Qualifying Information

Junior team members should see the bottom of this page for complete info on how to qualify.  More >

Nominations Open for USATF MUT Runners of the Year

Nominations open for 2011

USATF Mountain Runners of the Year – Open and Masters

USATF Trail Runners of the Year – Open and Masters

USATF Ultra Runners of the Year – Open and Masters

USATF Mountain/Ultra/Trail Contributor of the Year

The Mountain/Ultra/Trail running (MUT) council of long distance running will select the 2011 USATF Mountain Runners of the year and Ultra Runners of the Year  based on nominations received from interested athletes, coaches, and administrators involved in the sport. The following is the selection criteria for the 2011 USATF Mountain and Ultra Runners of the Year:

1)      Nominated athlete must show top results in U.S. mountain/trail More >

Max on the Podium at the World Championships in Albania

Max King Named USATF Athlete of the Week

Max on the Podium at the World Championships in Albania

For the second time in three weeks, a member of the 2011 US Mountain Running Team has the honor of being named USATF Athlete of the Week.  Two weeks ago it was Kasie Enman and this week, it was Max King after his incredible double win at the USATF 50km Trail Championships followed by the XTERRA Trail Championships the next day.

Read the whole USATF release here


Max King wins 50km Trail Champs, then wins XTERRA Champs the next day

2011 World Mountain Running Champion, Max King, of Bend, OR, added two more titles to his incredible year, with back to back wins at the USA Trail 50km Championships in Bend, Oregon on Saturday, followed by a win at the XTERRA National Championships on Sunday in Ogden, Utah.  The races started exactly 24 hours apart, with Bend getting on a plane to Salt Lake City, UT at 2PM on Saturday.

At the XTERRA race, King bested a field of top national and international runners with a time of 1:17:59 on the 21km mountain course in Ogden, UT.

XTERRA Results

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