The 2010 Team in Kamnik, Slovenia

U.S. Mountain Running Team to take on World at Championships in Albania


The 2010 Team in Kamnik, Slovenia

Tirana, Albania – September 5:  The U.S. Mountain Running Team heads to Tirana, Albania, this week to take on 32 countries at the 27th annual World Mountain Running Championships on Sunday, September 11.  At the 26th World Mountain Running Championships, the men’s team won their second-ever team medal – a silver –  while the women narrowly missed out on their fifth team medal.  This year’s senior and junior teams look to capitalize on that history and bring home medals again in 2011.

This year’s 17-member squad is a diverse More >


Great article on Mountain Running in Trail Runner Magazine

Mountain running is still an obscure sport in some circles.  Sometimes it’s hard to describe exactly what a mountain race is like and how intense it can be.  In the latest issue of Trail Runner Magazine, Ashley Arnold does an amazing job of describing the experience, complete with amazing photos from Joe Viger and Scott Mason from this year’s USA Mountain Running Champs.  If you want to experience mountain running at its finest, pick up the latest issue of Trail Runner to read about our sport.

Team USA heads to Albania next week.  Remember to follow us here at the website or on More >

Tommy at the Finish.  Photo courtesy of Nancy Hobbs

Tommy Manning’s Race Report from Pikes Peak Ascent

Tommy at the Finish. Photo courtesy of Nancy Hobbs

Tommy finished second this year at the Ascent, mirroring his second place finish at the Mt. Washington Road Race.  His time this year at both races were personal bests, good signs as Tommy heads to Albania in a few weeks.

Here is Tommy’s Race Report from the Ascent:

From the gun I pretty quickly put myself into fourth place behind Mario Macias, Josh Eberly, and Simon Gutierrez.   The race did not go out as fast this year as last year’s international field (the World Mountain Running Long Distance Challenge) took it out.  By the More >

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