With the course marked and athletes arriving today for the race, we finish up our profiles of some of the elite runners entered this year at Cranmore. Good luck to all of the athletes on Sunday as we see who will be on the 2012 US Mountain Running Team.
Laura Haefeli (44, Del Norte, CO) is the first American woman to win an individual medal at the World Mountain Running Championships (2007) and was a member of the 2004, 2005 teams and gold medal winning women’s team in 2007. She is also a former record holder of the Masters Record at More >
This trio of athletes includes a Junior Mountain Team Member (Dalzot), a multi-time Senior Team Member (Lundy) and a relative newcomber to the mountain running scene (Kremer).
Maria Dalzot (24, Morgantown, WV) is the defending NACAC Mountain Running Champions. She was a member of the 2007 Junior U.S. Mountain Running Team (USMRT) that took the silver medal at Worlds in Switzerland. Dalzot competed for the West Virginia University Cross Country team that won the Big East Championships in 2007 and placed top ten at NCAA Cross Country Nationals. She is currently a graduate student at West Virginia University. More recently, Dalzot won More >
While all eyes in the US will be on the Loon Mountain Race on Sunday to see who gets a spot on the 2012 US Women’s Mountain Running Team, across the pond in Europe, the focus will be on the European Mountain Running Championships. With athletes from across Europe coming together to compete in Denizli, Turkey, the race promises to be a preview of potential things to come at the World Mountain Running Championships in Ponte di Legno, Italy on September 2nd.
Read all about the European Championships here.
Kasie Enman, 2011 World Mountain Running Champion, will try to make the team again this coming weekend at the Loon Mountain Race. Trail Runner Magazine just did a great interview with her so we thought we’d share that instead of a few highlights. Enjoy!
This trio of Colorado athletes have had a variety of successes in many disciplines, including road, trails and snowshoes.
Michele Suszek made her first USMRT in 2011 with an impressive 2nd place finish at the Cranmore Hill Climb. Although best known as a road runner before that, Michele has always had a love of trail running. Besides her strong showing at Cranmore and then great showing as well at the WMRC in Albania on a very tough course, Michele also qualified and ran in the Olympic Marathon Trials in 2012 and also won the USATF 50 Mile Trail Championships.
Myriah Blair has More >
In 2008, RunningRaw.com founder, Tim Van Orden, documented his journey through the 6 races in the USATF-New England Mountain Running Circuit. He talked about his race strategy, his diet and lots of funny commentary as well. In these two videos, he gives you a glimpse of the Loon Mountain Race course and the race itself (with a liberal sprinkling of Yankee dry humor mixed in). US Mountain Running Team members Eric Blake, Kevin Tilton, Dave Dunham and Eric Morse are all in the race.
Note for 2012 Loon entrants, the course in 2008 had an extra half mile in it. This More >
Megan was a member of the 2009 US Mountain Running Team that competed in Italy. Megan is looking to return to Italy this September to again represent her country. An accomplished trail and mountain runner, most recently Megan finished 2nd at the USATF Half Marathon Trail Championships in Bend, Oregon. Megan’s impressive career includes a win at the Pikes Peak Ascent as well as a 3rd place finish in the Pikes Peak Marathon. Megan is currently in the top 5 in the LaSportiva Mountain Cup circuit, with impressive wins at the Jemez Mountain Trail Run (New Mexico) and the Don’t More >
Tim Chichester, who made his first US Mountain Running Team at this year’s Mt. Washington Road Race, was named Marathon Sports/New England Runner Magazine Athlete of the Month for June 2012. Tim finished Mt. Washington in a time of 1:02:06 to secure his spot on the team. Tim will join the rest of the squad this September in Ponte di Legno, Italy to compete at the World Mountain Running Championships. Congratulations from all of us at the US Mountain Running Team!
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 >
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 >