Vail, Colorado – This Saturday, February 20, runners, skiers, snowshoers, and outdoor enthusiasts will meet at the base of Vail Mountain at the Lionshead Gondola for the start of the third annual Vail Mountain Winter Uphill. At 7:00 a.m. participants will head up the race course which includes 2,000 feet of vertical gain from the 8,000 foot base to the summit of Vail Mountain at Eagle’s Nest at over 10,000 feet. The approximately two mile course is on groomed ski trails.
The event is organized by Vail Valley locals Ellen Miller and Hooker Lowe to honor the More >
Ellen Miller (Vail, CO) has been the women’s team coach for the US Mountain Running Team for the past several years. Most people don’t know that Ellen is also an experienced mountaineer who has climbed to the summit of Mt. Everest. I caught a peek of Ellen most recently on the Discovery Channel show Everest: Beyond the Limit where she was greeting climbers returning from the summit. Ellen is a good friend of Russell Brice – the owner of Himex and “star” of Everest: Beyond the Limit. You can read more about Ellen on the Outside Magazine blog here. Above is a More >
The 2010 U.S. Mountain Running Team will travel to Kamnik, Slovenia, to compete in the 26th World Mountain Running Championships on September 5. A seasoned staff that collectively has more than 30 years experience in team management will accompany the team at next year’s events.
“We are pleased to announce our team staff that will be on hand to help our team members reach their goals and perform to the best of their abilities in Slovenia this September. For the first time our national team will receive financial support from our national governing body. We will work with Jim Estes and the More >
The USA Track & Field’s Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running Sport Council awarded 2010 National Championships to the following races:
3/7/2010 – USA 50km Road Champs – Caumsett, Long Island, NY 4/7/2010 – USA 100km Road Champs – Madison, WI 6/12/2010 – USA 1/2 Marathon Trail Champs – Bend, OR 6/19/2010 – USA Mountain Champs – Gorham, NH 7/31/2010 – USA 100M Trail Champs – Burning River, OH 7/31/2010 – USA 50M Trail Champs – White River, WA 7/31/2010 – USA 15km Trail Champs – Spokane, WA 8/25/2010 – USA 10km Trail Champs – Laurel Springs, NC 9/25/2010 – USA 50km Trail Champs – Bend, OR 10/16/2010 – USA 50M Road Champs – More >
The 50th Anniversary of the Mount Washington Road Race will also play host to the USA Mountain Running Championships. At the just ended USATF Annual Convention, the MUT Council awarded the 2010 Mountain Running Championships to Mt. Washington. In addition, all 10 members of the 2010 Mountain Running Team will be selected at Mt. Washington. The top 6 American Men who are USATF members, and the top 4 American women who are USATF members, will be awarded spots on the mountain running team that will compete in Slovenia in September 2010.
More details about the 2010 team and prize money at More >
2009 USA Mountain Running Champion Joe Gray won the 17″ Annual Kensington 8k in Maryland this past weekend. Joe bested the field in a winning time of 25:27. Just 3 weeks ago Joe Gray was the 2nd American finisher at the Would Mountain Running Championships in Italy where he finished 16th. Read the full story at:http://www.runwashington.com/news/1995/314/Mountain-Man-Peaks-in-Kensington.htm
Here are the rankings for the Senior squad based on percent behind the winner. This is a very interesting result for the women as all four finisher this year rank in the top five all-time. Whether this is due to a “weaker” women’s winner or superior performances by the U.S. women is debatable (I think the latter to be true).Rank % of leader First Last Time Place Year Type Location 1 103.97 Brandy Erholtz 0:45:23 10 2009 W Campodolcino 2 104.66 Christine Lundy 0:45:41 13 2009 W Campodolcino 3 104.85 Megan Kimmel 0:45:46 15 2009 W Campodolcino 4 105.15 Anita Ortiz 0:53:03 11 More >
Today I’ve listed the all-time rankings based on percentage behind the winner. I find this an interesting number, sometimes more interesting than overall place. A deep field could knock someone well back in the finish ranking but not show how close he or she finished to the winner. Of course in contrast a “weak” or “strong” winner (whatever that might mean) could alter the results. I like the math and we also use this system to score the mountain series and the New England Trail Series. As you can see below, Brandon’s % back ranks second (although he has the More >
Today I’ve listed the Senior all-time rankings. The women were closely ranked with all of them falling between 6th and 16th all-time. Andrew Benford and Joe Gray both ranked in the top 15. In all 59 women and 112 men have competed for the U.S.Rank Place First Last Time Year Type % of leader Location 1 3 Laura Haefeli 0:41:49 2007 W 106.72 Ovronnaz 2t 8 Anita Ortiz 0:42:33 2003 W 109.01 Girwood, Alaska 2t 8 Laura Haefeli 0:43:38 2005 W 110 Wellington 2t 8 Christine Lundy 0:42:23 2007 W 108.17 Ovronnaz 5 9 NicoleÂ Hunt 0:50:13 2006 W 106.43 More >
I’ve broken the all-time lists up into four posts. Today you’ll see the Junior’s listed in place order. This just shows the rankings based on each individuals place at the championship. Tomorrow I’ll post the same for the Senior’s.
As noted previously both Brandon Lord and Megan Morgan now top their respective lists. I’ve highlighted the performances from this year. In all 31 boys and 19 girls have competed for the U.S. on the junior squad.Rank Place First Last Time Year Type % of leader Location Country 1 4 Brandon Lord 0:39:51 2009 JM 103.69 Campodolcino Italy 2 5 Tim Smith 0:43:02 More >