In a race that she called one of the toughest of her career, Megan Lund, a member of the 2009 & 2010 US Mountain Running Team, had the highest US women’s finish ever at the 2010 Jungfrau Marathon in Interlaken, Switzerland this past Saturday. Lund finished 4th overall, 2 minutes 4 seconds behind winner Simona Staicu of Hungary in this very challenging Mountain Marathon. This follows up on her 21st place finish the week before at the World Mountain Running Championships in Kamnik, Slovenia.
Megan has had a very strong year, qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials and also More >
The US Men won their first ever team silver medal, with an impressive finish that saw the team edge out mountain running legends from Italy and other nations. Here’s a video from the awards ceremonies. Please note, the video is best viewed in 720p format.
See video below from the finish of the 2010 World Mountain Running Championships
Kamnik, Slovenia —- At today’s World Mountain Running Championships in Kamnik, Slovenia, the U.S. Men tallied 71 points to take the silver medal with their best team finish to date.
The U.S. has sent a men’s team to the mountain running championships (until 2009 known as the World Mountain Running Trophy) since 1990. In the past three uphill years (the course alternates between uphill terrain in even-numbered years and up/down terrain in odd-numbered years), the team has scored 102 points in 2004 to place eighth, 113 points in 2006 to place fifth, 76 points in 2008 to More >
This is the day that all 17 athletes have been training for. The races begin at 10AM with the junior men and junior women both starting at 10, followed by the senior women and then senior men. Follow the action as it happens at http://www.twitter.com/usmrt.
For all of you Facebook users, here’s a link to yesterday’s opening ceremonies.
A great article about the growth of mountain running and the US Team’s chances this year at the World Mountain Running Championships is online at the Running Times Website. Click here to see the full article.
The team is all here in Slovenia making final preparations for Sunday morning’s race. Remember you can follow the status of the race on our twitter feed at www.twitter.com/usmrt or by viewing the right column on our website.
The conditions for the USA 10 km Trail Championships on Saturday were humid, but the temperature topped out comfortably in the mid 70s. Post race comments varied as to each runner’s trail background. I liked Dave Dunham comments upon finishing,”That wasn’t bad, I was expecting some unrunable trails.” Most everyone agreed that the course was tough, but fun. At least in the let’s go punish ourselves out on some beautiful mountain trails.
The men’s race started with some fog still hanging on the mountain top. Bobby Mack and Ryan Woods battled at the front, exchanging the lead a couple of times. More >
This week, the US Mountain Running Team will be heading to Kamnik, Slovenia to compete at the 26th World Mountain Running Championships. Just like last year, you can follow the progress of the team on our twitter feed at www.twitter.com/usmrt where we willpost updates on the team, course conditions and of course, results as they happen on Sunday, September 5th, with the first races (Jr. Boys and Girls) both starting at 10 AM local time.
Want to send a message to one of the team members to cheer them on? Add a comment to this post below.
Team Manager Nancy Hobbs previews the 2010 race. See the full story here
Representing Team USA will be Eric Blake, 31, New Haven, CT, Joe Gray, 26, Lakewood, WA, Rickey Gates, 29, Aspen, CO, Max King, 28, Bend, OR, Tommy Manning, 34, Colorado Springs, CO, and Chris Lundstrom, 34, Minneapolis, MN, will compete for the senior men; Kristin Price, 28, Raleigh, NC, Brandy Erholtz, 33*, Bailey, CO, Nicole Hunt, 40, Deer Lodge, MT, and Megan Lund, 26, Basalt, CO, will compete for the senior women. The junior men’s team includes Chase Caulkins, 18, Ketchum, ID, Paul Petersen, 18, Broomfield, CO, Cody More >
Chris’ hometown newspaper, The Winchester Star, did a great feature article on Chris. You can read the whole article here at Steve Taylor’s Blog. Steve is the Head Coach for the Track and Field and Cross Country programs at the University of Richmond and a big supporter of our US Mountain Running Team. Chris is the fourth runner from the University of Richmond who has competed for Team USA at the World Mountain Running Championships.