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.
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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 >
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 >
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)
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.
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 >