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Results from Sierre-Zinal

Megan Lund was 4th

Brandy Erholtz was 14th

Max King was 20th

Glen Randall was the top American male, finishing in 8th place.

Full results are here


King, Gray, Lund-Lizotte and Erholtz race at Sierre-Zinal this Sunday

2011 US Mountain Team Members Max King, Joe Gray, Megan Lund-Lizotte, and Brandy Erholtz are all racing at the 31km Sierre Zinal race this Sunday in Switzerland.  The 2011 race is part of the Skyrunner World Series, which next moves to the Pikes Peak Ascent in Colorado.

At the 2010 race, Joe Gray finished 10th overall, while on the women’s side, Megan Lund was the overall winner and Brandy Erholtz finished 4th overall.

Here’s a pre-race interview with Megan and Brandy

Here’s a pre-race interview with Max King

Erholtz 4th, Gutierrez 13th at SAAB Harakiri Berglauf race

Just 36 seconds off her winning time of 2010, Brandy Erholtz finished a strong fourth today at the SAAB Harakiri Berglauf in Mayrhofen, Austria.  Erholtz finished in a time of 1:05:02.

Simon Gutierrez, back in Europe racing after his strong showing at the 2011 Mt. Washington Road race, finished 13th in a time of 56:28.

See complete results here

Rickey Gates sets new course record at Canadian Death Race

Rickey Gates of Woody Creek, CO, a multi-time member of the US Mountain Running Team, set a new course record yesterday at the Canadian Death Race, finishing in a time of 12h:18:15.

See Gates finish in this video


Gates at Canadian Death Race, Erholtz & Gutierrez at SAAB Harakiri Mountain Run in Austria

Former US Mountain Running Tea member Rickey Gates is participating this weekend at the Canadian Death Race with teammate Grant Guise.  You can follow them on Twitter at!/s_flightcrew

Multi-time team member Simon Gutierrez joins multi-time and 2011 team member Brandy Erholtz in Mayrhofen, Austria this Sunday to participate in the SAAB Harakiri Mountain Run, a 10.4km race with 1170 meters of climbing.  Check out a race video and also check tomorrow for the results at this website:


Brandy Erholtz takes 3rd Place at Dolomites Sky Race

With a race that was modified due to excessive snow on portions of the original course, 2011 US Mountain Team member Brandy Erholtz (Evergreen, CO) finished 3rd place overall.  Erholtz finished in 2:11:47, 5:24 behind winner Mireia Miro of Spain who won in 2:06:23.  2nd place finisher was Oihana Kortazar, also from Spain, who finished in a time of 2:10:58.

For complete results, follow this link.

Race website

Photos from the 2011 NACAC Championships

Photos from the 2011 NACAC Mountain Champs, where Joe Gray and Maria Dalzot both set course records to win the race.  The US Women also won the team competition.

Photos courtesy of Richard Bolt

Photos courtesy of Tad Davis


USA Junior Mountain Running Team Announced

Four junior men and three junior women to compete at the World Mountain Running Championships in Albania on Sepember 11th

Athletes representing seven states comprise the 2011 U.S. Junior Mountain Running Team (  The team will accompany the senior team members as they compete at the 2011 World Mountain Running Championships in Tirana, Albania, on September 11. (

The athletes include:


Oliver Bear Don’t Walk (Age 18, Everson, WA).  Oliver currently holds the American Junior 50km record (3:10:07) and has also qualified for the USATF Junior Track and Field Championships in the 10,000 meters in 2010 and 2011.  He has a 5K More >

Jared Scott & Rachael Cuellar win Vail Hill Climb

2011 US Mountain Running Team member Jared Scott took first at the Vail Hill Climb over the weekend.  He was followed by past team member Peter Maksimow in 2nd and 2011 team member Matt Byrne in third.  On the women’s side, past team member Rachael Cuellar took first, followed by former team member Megan Kimmel in second and Cynthia Arnold in third.

Complete results for the race can be found here

Kasie Enman continues her winning ways, knocking almost three minutes off her course record at the Loon Mountain Race

Fresh off her strong showing at the USA Mountain Running Championships last weekend, Kasie Enman (Huntington, VT) set a new course record at the Loon Mountain Race in Lincoln, NH today, finishing 5th overall in a time of 50:58.  Enman held the old course record of 53:17 which she set in 2009.

Tim Van Orden, the Masters Mountain Running National Champion remarked about Enman: “I was able to catch up to Kasie before the Upper Walking Boss trail and then bare managed to stay with her as she took on the steep slope.  She was gaining on the male leaders ahead More >