Joe Gray wins the men's race

Former Mountain Team members on fire at USA 1/2 Marathon Trail Championships

Former team members mentioned in this article are race winners Stevie Kremer and Joe Gray.  Also Gina Lucrezi, Melody Fairchild and Jared Scott.  Race director Danelle Ballengee was a member of the 1999 US Mountain Running Team.

Over 1500 runners participated in the Moab Trail Marathon, 1/2 Marathon and 5k held in conjunction with the USA 1/2 Marathon Trail Championships.  Near freezing temperatures greeted many runners who arrived before sunrise but a welcome sun and cloudless sky made for perfect running weather by the 9:00 AM start.

Joe Gray wins the men's race

The first wave contained over 50 USA Track & Field More >


David Roche and Megan Kimmel win USA 10k Trail Running Championships

The fourth annual Continental Divide Trail Race took place in Laurel Springs, NC, on Saturday, August 25th.   The course crosses over each side the Eastern Continental Divide twice.  Racers are test by a challenging course that former US Mountain Running Team member Megan Kimmel described as “true to the sport of trail running.”  This is no run in the park.  The terrain and footing vary frequently with climbs, descents, flats, grass, double track, and tight single track.  David Roche appreciated the sections of off-camber, rocky, and rooty trail racing; calling it a race of truth.  “How hard are you willing to go on the trails? Cause it is going to hurt.” The More >

Team Press Conferences on YouTube

Did you get to watch our LIVE Google Hangout on Air press conferences earlier this week?  If not, you can watch them on YouTube here:

Senior Team Hangout #1 – Topics: training, race prep, roads vs. trails.  Staff +Ellen Miller, +Richard Bolt, +Paul Kirsch – athletes +Joseph Gray,+Tommy Manning, +Stevie Kremer, +Morgan Arritola, +Glenn Randall and from Runner’s World magazine +Jeff Dengate.

Senior Team Hangout Press Conference on YouTube

Junior Team Hangout – Topics: what it means to be on the team, favorite USA uniform piece, training, travel, mountain running vs. XC.  Staff +Paul Kirsch,+Richard Bolt – athletes +Billy Fayette, +Kelly Lawson, +Jordan Chavez,+Clare Moretz.

Junior Team Hangout Press Conference on YouTube

Senior Team Hangout #2 – Topics: injuries, shoe selection, nutrition, course More >


Mt. Washington Road Race – play-by-play from the press van

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.

Mile 1:

6:04 – Tim Chichester, Max King, Glen Randall – top 3

Mile 2:

13:40 – Sage Canaday and Joe Gray

Mile 2.5/3000’:

1 – Sage Canaday

2 – Joe Gray

3 – Eric Blake

4 – More >

First Timer Victorious at USA Mountain Running Championships

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 >

Qualifying for the 2012 US Mountain Running Team

Open Athletes Qualifying Process

Open Athletes qualify for the team by competing at the Team Qualifying Race at the Cranmore Hill Climb on July 21st. The team will then head to Krynica Zdrój, Poland to compete in the 29th Annual World Mountain Running Championships on September 8th.

Team manager Nancy Hobbs, Colorado Springs, CO, team leader Richard Bolt, San Jose, CA, team manager for the juniors Paul Kirsch, Madison, NH, and women’s team manager Ellen Miller, Vail, CO will accompany the team to Poland.

Junior Mountain Team Qualifying Information

Junior team members should see the bottom of this page for complete info on how to qualify.  More >


USA Junior Mountain Running Team Announced

Four junior men and three junior women to compete at the World Mountain Running Championships in Albania on Sepember 11th

Athletes representing seven states comprise the 2011 U.S. Junior Mountain Running Team (www.usmrt.com).  The team will accompany the senior team members as they compete at the 2011 World Mountain Running Championships in Tirana, Albania, on September 11. (http://www.wmrc2011.al)

The athletes include:


Oliver Bear Don’t Walk (Age 18, Everson, WA).  Oliver currently holds the American Junior 50km record (3:10:07) and has also qualified for the USATF Junior Track and Field Championships in the 10,000 meters in 2010 and 2011.  He has a 5K More >

2010 Team Member Eric Blake wins at Loon Mountain Race,

Reprinted from the Running Around CT Blog

Mountain runner Eric Blake (recently named the Central CT women’s coach) has a good story now for when people ask him, “What’s the craziest thing that ever happened to you when you were running?”

Last weekend, Blake was running the second to last race in the New England Mountain Running Series, a 5.5-miler at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire. He was in the lead and close to the finish when he came upon a black bear.

Blake wasn’t really paying attention at first; neither was the bear.

But then the two spotted each other. Blake, More >