Eric Blake’s thoughts on this year’s Trophy Race

The thought of medaling as a team at the World Mountain Running Trophy didn’t really start till 2004 for me. A few of the USA team members were enjoying the pizza and wine in a small Italian restaurant in the mountain town of Sauze d’Oulx Italy after an eighth place team finish. Simon Gutierrez remarked that we were really not too far away from medaling and after looking at the results we were in striking distance for next year.

A year later in New Zealand we finished 6th. Again we were close but couldn’t get the medal. Then 2006 rolled around More >

WMRT 2008 Pictures!

Some pictures, courtesy of Richard Bolt, Dave Dunham, Nancy Hobbs and Peter Hartley. If you were there and have more, please email me at pkirsch@roadrunner.com and I can upload them to the team website.

Peter Hartley,Richard Bolt and nancy Hobbs’ pics:http://picasaweb.google.com/tevausmrt/Wmrt2008#

Dave Dunham’s Pics:http://picasaweb.google.com/doubledmtnman/2008WorldTrophy#

Stats from the World Champs

Here are some stats. Eventually I’ll post all US results with how they rank all-time.

Junior boys – Tim Smith’s 5th place is the best ever placing, beating Andrew Benford’s 12th place from 2006. Levi Grandt’s 13th place is the 3rd best and Jon Steven’s 31st place is the 7th best.

The team 4th place is the best ever, topping the 8th place finish in 2006.

Junior girls – Alex Dunne’s (in picture above) bronze medal is the first ever individual medal for a junior girl, this tops Anna Lieb’s 4th place finish in 2007.

Men – Rickey Gates 12th = 10th best, More >

Dave Dunham’s photos from WMRT

They live here:http://s153.photobucket.com/albums/s209/davedunham/2008 World mtn trophy

Dave Dunham’s report from the WMRT

Dave’s reports from the WMRT races:http://ddmountainrunr.blogspot.com/2008/09/world-championship-results.html

jr. women course preview

Yesterday Alex and I got to take our first look at the Junior Women’s race course. Our 4.3km course begins in Montana Village and meets up with all the other courses after about 1 km. We were pleasantly surprised that our start is on a nice downhill cinder path. However, the downhill doesn’t last long and we soon begin to climb upwards. When we reached the half way point on our course we stopped to stretch and agreed that the course didn’t seem too difficult yet. Then we ran the second half. With about a mile to go the course More >

More from Nancy Hobbs about their trip

Today it is raining. Even with the rain it is lovely and calm. There was a slight fog and mist over the vineyards which flank all parts of the mountainside. The region is best known for its pinot noir wines and after Sunday, the World Trophy. We had our first team meeting last night before dinner. Everyone attended and related their years on their team, their hometown and also the first rock concert they attended, or a little known fact. It was enlightening with rock concerts from Ozzy Osborne to Arlo Guthrie and little known facts to include missing a More >