The Team at the Photo Shoot at Mali Grad in Kamnik

WMRC Races Start Today at 4AM Eastern Time (10AM local time)

The Team at the Photo Shoot at Mali Grad in Kamnik

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 view of the old city part of Kamnik, Slovenia with the mountains in the background.

Article on Mountain Running in this Month’s Running Times

A view of the old city part of Kamnik, Slovenia with the mountains in the background.

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.

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USA 10Km Trail National Championship – Press Release

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 >

Follow the US Mountain Running Team as they head to Slovenia

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.

A Preview of the 2010 World Mountain Running Championships

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 >

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Article on Junior Team Member Chris York

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.

Brandy Erholtz wins Pikes Peak Ascent, Team USA wins Gold

Courtesy of Nancy Hobbs

At today’s 55th running of the Pikes Peak Ascent, Team USA wins gold besting the other team competitors in the 7th WMRA World Long Distance Challenge, (England, Scotland, Slovenia, Germany) in spite of three of Team USA’s runners going off course approximately one mile below the A-frame water station which is approximately three mile from the summit finish line.

Brandy Erholtz, Bailey, CO, also led start to finish, but second and third-place finishers Kim Dobson, CO, and Anna Frost, Dunedin, NZ, were closing the gap in the final switchbacks on the course. The top three women finished within More >

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US Juniors prepare for trip to Slovenia for World Mountain Running Championships

The 2010 U.S. Mountain Running Team is heading to Kamnik, Slovenia, to compete at the 26th World Mountain Running Championships on September 5. To be elgible to compete as a junior, athletes must be at least 16 in the year of competition and not yet 20.

The Senior Teams were selected at the sole qualifying race at the 2010 Mount Washington Road Race in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire.  The Senior Men’s Team consists of Eric Blake, 31, New Britain, CT,, Joseph Gray, 26, Lakewood, WA, Rickey Gates, 29, Woody Creek, CO, Max King, 30, Bend, OR, Tommy Manning, 34, Colorado Springs, CO, More >

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Lund wins Course de Sierre-Zinal in Switzerland

Megan Lund led the field from near the start of this 31km Skyrunning World Series event in Switzerland.  Lund finished in a time of 3h09’28”.   She outdistanced Britain’s Anglea Mudge, a past skyrunning world champion, who finished second in 3h11’02” and the new SkyMarathon® World Champion, France’s Laetitia Roux, third, in 3h11’48”.

Two other US Mountain Team members also had strong showings in the race, with Brandy Erholtz finishing in 4th and, on the men’s side, Joe Gray finished in 10th.

Complete Results

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Brandy Erholtz wins Harakiri Run in Austria

Mayrhofen-Austria, 1. August – The second “Harakiri Run” was also the second event of the WMRA Grand Prix 2010 circuit.  Excellent conditions with sunny but not hot weather and dry course announced attack to the course record set at the first edition in 2009.  Ahmet Arslan, 4-times European Champion was the winner in 50:39. Brandy Erholtz, USA, was the women’s winner in 1:04:26, over four minutes ahead of her nearest competitor  Michaela MERTOVA of the Czech Republic.