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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 >
BEND – On a beautiful sunny day with temps in the 60s, hometown favorite Max King of Bend, and Sopagna Eap of Eugene, OR both set new course records at the 9th annual Dirty Half half marathon, which served as the first ever USA Trail Half Marathon National Championships. USA Track & Field runners from across the country were competing for $3000 in prize money courtesy of Visit Bend (visitbend.com).
“The field was absolutely ripping fast this year. These times are truly incredible on a course More >
Colorado Springs, CO —– OrthoLite recently signed on as the official insole of the American Trail Running Association (ATRA). OrthoLite is the world’s leading supplier of open cell foam insoles in the performance footwear category.
“We are thrilled to announce OrthoLite’s corporate sponsorship. OrthoLite has been a dedicated partner of ATRA for three years and this new level of involvement is greatly appreciated by our board of directors and will enable ATRA to further develop programs for our membership,” said Nancy Hobbs, executive director ATRA.
Some of ATRA’s programs include a comprehensive online calendar of national and international trail and mountain running events, More >
Colorado Springs, CO — Canada will host the seventh North American Central American Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championship in Canmore, Alberta on Friday, July 9. The Canmore Challenge uphill course at Nakiska Mountain includes approximately 3000 feet of vertical gain over a 12 kilometer route and will act as a tune-up for NACAC teams in preparation for the World Mountain Running Championships to be held in Kamnik, Slovenia, on September 5.
The U.S. hosted the NACAC event in 2004, 2005 & 2009, Mexico hosted in 2006 and 2008, and Canada hosted in 2007. Team USA won men’s and women’s gold medals the first More >