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The 9th NACAC Mountain Running Championships was hosted at Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver, Canada, on a rain-soaked morning. While the weather forecast called for clearing skies, temperatures were in the upper 50s at the start with humidity at 94% amid cloud-filled overcast skies. The conditions at the finish line some 1100 meters up the mountain, were slightly cooler with rain showers filling puddles of water around the finish area, while mist rolled off the trees.
The 11 kilometer course included a variety of terrain from significant ascents to a few steep and technical descents, rocky hillsides with grades up to 40%, and some single More >
Yesterday Nancy Hobbs and I (Richard Bolt) road in the press van to cover the action at our one and only selection race for the 2012 men’s US Mountain Running Team. My plan to send live tweets from the race was thwarted by a lack of cell service so we both took photos and documented the mile splits. Here is how the race unfolded at the front from press van #1.
6:04 – Tim Chichester, Max King, Glen Randall – top 3
13:40 – Sage Canaday and Joe Gray
1 – Sage Canaday
2 – Joe Gray
3 – Eric Blake
4 – More >
Pinkham Notch, NH — The 52nd Mt. Washington Road Race saw a first-time mountain racer Sage Canaday, 26, Boulder, CO, run away from the field to post a time of 58:27, the third fastest time in the history of this 7.6-mile unrelenting climb of New England’s tallest mountain.
Canady’s time was nearly two minutes faster than second-place finisher Joseph Gray, 28, Newcastle, WA, who crossed the line in a person best of 1:00:33. Two-time winner Eric Blake, 33, New Britain, CT, finished in third outsprinting Glen Randall, 25, Mesa, CO, by a mere four seconds. Blake’s time of 1:00:54 was his More >
The USA Half Marathon Trail Championships held in conjunction with the 11th annual foot zone Dirty Half kicked off to perfect running weather, sunny blue skies and cool temperatures. Over 60 USA Track & Field members registered for the national championship – the most ever for a trail race in Oregon. For the third year in a row the race was won by 2011 World Mountain Running Champion and local hero Max King ($500) in a time of 1:15:48. On the women’s side, Marci Klimek ($500) out sprinted 2008 US Mountain Running Team member Megan Kimmel for her first USA Track & Field trail national championship More >
Ashland, Oregon, November 1, 2010 – Entries have begun to pour in for the 3rd annual Lithia Loop Trail Marathon. For the second straight year this race doubles as the USA Trail Marathon Championship with 6,000 dollars in prize money to be awarded to the top 5 open male and female competitors as well as the top 3 male and female masters finishers.
The race is run on a mixture of trail and dirt road with 2 miles of pavement that sends as well as welcomes runners through beautiful Lithia Park located in downtown Ashland, Oregon. There are 6 fully stocked More >
The conditions for the USA 10 km Trail Championships on Saturday were humid, but the temperature topped out comfortably in the mid 70s. Post race comments varied as to each runner’s trail background. I liked Dave Dunham comments upon finishing,”That wasn’t bad, I was expecting some unrunable trails.” Most everyone agreed that the course was tough, but fun. At least in the let’s go punish ourselves out on some beautiful mountain trails.
The men’s race started with some fog still hanging on the mountain top. Bobby Mack and Ryan Woods battled at the front, exchanging the lead a couple of times. More >
The second race in the 2010 La Sportiva / USATF-Oregon Mountain Running Series took place this past weekend at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. The 3rd Annual Great Northwest Mountain Run was put on by Kevin Foreman and his excellent XDog Events crew. Yassine Diboun (Portland, OR) won the overall race and collected the $100 cash prize from USATF-Oregon. Complete results will be available soon at: http://www.xdogevents.com/scheduleandresults.html.
The next race in the series will be the 33rd Annual Mt. Ashland Hillclimb on Saturday, August 7. Find race information here: http://www.mtashlandrun.com
The Pikes Peak Ascent will be held on Saturday, August 21. This year’s race is hosting the 7th WMRA World Long Distance Challenge, an event which brings together athletes from around the globe to compete for team and individual prizes. Last year’s Challenge was held in Austria. Previous hosts included Switzerland, France, and Great Britain. The U.S. also hosted in 2006 with the Pikes Peak Marathon. The event will be hosted in Slovenia in 2011.
Each country participating in the Challenge must designate their team members prior to race day. Teams can include up to five athletes with the top three to score. More >
Joseph Gray (pictured right) and Brandy Erholtz (pictured left), both of the USA, were victorious at the 7th North American Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championships on July 9th, 2010. Canadians Taylor Murphy and Ivan Babikov rounded out the podium on the men’s side.
American Megan Lund and Canadian Maria Zambrano were the second and third women respectively. The Canadian men narrowly edged out the USA to win the NACAC men’s race, while the American women put in a commanding performance to win the NACAC women’s race.
In the men’s race, the American men led early with the Canadian men More >
Colorado Springs, CO — The 2010 U.S. Mountain Running Team will travel to Kamnik, Slovenia, to compete in the 26th World Mountain Running Championships on Sunday, September 5. This year’s open team – six men and four women – will be selected at the U.S. Mountain Running Championships to be held at the Mt. Washington Road Race on Saturday, June 19, starting at 10:00 a.m.
The increased support by the race’s primary sponsor, Northeast Delta Dental, was a contributing factor in choosing a single selection race for the team this year.
“The USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Running Council, when considering a host More >