The 9th NACAC Mountain Running Championships was hosted at Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver, Canada, on a rain-soaked morning. While the weather forecast called for clearing skies, temperatures were in the upper 50s at the start with humidity at 94% amid cloud-filled overcast skies. The conditions at the finish line some 1100 meters up the mountain, were slightly cooler with rain showers filling puddles of water around the finish area, while mist rolled off the trees.
The 11 kilometer course included a variety of terrain from significant ascents to a few steep and technical descents, rocky hillsides with grades up to 40%, and some single More >
July 15, 2012 (Beaver Creek Resort – Avon, CO) – J. Marshall Thomson, 33, and Stevie Kremer, 28, won the XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run half-marathon course on a beautiful summer morning at Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, CO, today.
Both are from Crested Butte, Colo., and both are experienced – and successful – trail runners. For Thomson, it’s his second XTERRA victory in as many chances having won the XTERRA Cheyenne 24K in Colorado Springs back in April. Today he led from start to finish and crossed the line more than two minutes ahead of runner-up Jacob Malcomb from Marietta, More >
In possibly the most competitive field in US Women’s Mountain Running ever assembled, 3 new team members were named and one multi-time team member.
Morgan Arritola of Ketchum, Idaho, in her first mountain team qualifier, won the race in a time of 46:16, followed in second by Melody Fairchild of Denver, Colorado in a time of 47:06. In third is returning team member Brandy Erholtz of Evergreen, Colorado, who finished in 48:06. Finishing out the top 4 was Stevie Kremer of Crested Butte, CO in a time 48:21.
Narrowly missing the team was 2011 More >
Here’s a quick recap of all of the elite runners competing tomorrow at Loon Mountain. Remember you can follow the live updates tomorrow at twitter.com/usmrt or @usmrt or our cross posts at Google+ or Facebook. 9AM ET. Good luck to all of the athletes tomorrow! Exciting to see such a strong field. Thanks to all of our supporters along the way.
#501 Ashley Arnold (25, Carbondale, CO) is a trail and ultra runner with an impressive 3rd place finish at the 2010 edition of the grueling Leadville 100 Mile Ultramarathon. Ashley is a winner of multiple ultra marathons and most recently took More >
Earlier today, the European Mountain Running Championships took place in Turkey. In the team competition, Italy won for the men and Great Britain won the women’s title. Monika Fürholz of Switzerland was first in the women’s race and Ahmet Arslan of Turkey won the men’s race. Arslan has now won the last six European championships!
For complete results, check out our friends at the Corsa in Montagna website.
With the course marked and athletes arriving today for the race, we finish up our profiles of some of the elite runners entered this year at Cranmore. Good luck to all of the athletes on Sunday as we see who will be on the 2012 US Mountain Running Team.
Laura Haefeli (44, Del Norte, CO) is the first American woman to win an individual medal at the World Mountain Running Championships (2007) and was a member of the 2004, 2005 teams and gold medal winning women’s team in 2007. She is also a former record holder of the Masters Record at More >
This trio of athletes includes a Junior Mountain Team Member (Dalzot), a multi-time Senior Team Member (Lundy) and a relative newcomber to the mountain running scene (Kremer).
Maria Dalzot (24, Morgantown, WV) is the defending NACAC Mountain Running Champions. She was a member of the 2007 Junior U.S. Mountain Running Team (USMRT) that took the silver medal at Worlds in Switzerland. Dalzot competed for the West Virginia University Cross Country team that won the Big East Championships in 2007 and placed top ten at NCAA Cross Country Nationals. She is currently a graduate student at West Virginia University. More recently, Dalzot won More >
While all eyes in the US will be on the Loon Mountain Race on Sunday to see who gets a spot on the 2012 US Women’s Mountain Running Team, across the pond in Europe, the focus will be on the European Mountain Running Championships. With athletes from across Europe coming together to compete in Denizli, Turkey, the race promises to be a preview of potential things to come at the World Mountain Running Championships in Ponte di Legno, Italy on September 2nd.
Read all about the European Championships here.
Kasie Enman, 2011 World Mountain Running Champion, will try to make the team again this coming weekend at the Loon Mountain Race. Trail Runner Magazine just did a great interview with her so we thought we’d share that instead of a few highlights. Enjoy!