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 >


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.

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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.

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 >

First Timers Victorious at USA Mountain Running Championships

Pinkham Notch, NH — The 50th running of the Mt. Washington Road Race saw two newcomers take top honors at the USA Mountain Running Championships. Chris Siemers, 29, Arvada, CO, crossed the finish line after 7.6 miles at an elevation of 6,288-feet above sea level in a time of 1:00:22. Kristen Price, 28, Raleigh, NC, was the top U.S. woman and USA Mountain Running Champion timed in 1:11:13. Price was outdistanced by 23-year old Ethiopian Shewarge Amars who raced to a course record of 1:08:21 breaking the previous mark of 1:10:08 set by Magdalena Thorsell, Sweden, in 1988.

With their wins, Siemers and Price made More >