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Loon Mountain Race – Athlete Profiles: Michele Suszek, Kim Dobson & Myriah Blair

This trio of Colorado athletes have had a variety of successes in many disciplines, including road, trails and snowshoes.

Michele Suszek made her first USMRT in 2011 with an impressive 2nd place finish at the Cranmore Hill Climb. Although best known as a road runner before that, Michele has always had a love of trail running. Besides her strong showing at Cranmore and then great showing as well at the WMRC in Albania on a very tough course, Michele also qualified and ran in the Olympic Marathon Trials in 2012 and also won the USATF 50 Mile Trail Championships.

Myriah Blair has More >

Loon Mountain Race Videos from 2008

In 2008, RunningRaw.com founder, Tim Van Orden, documented his journey through the 6 races in the USATF-New England Mountain Running Circuit.  He talked about his race strategy, his diet and lots of funny commentary as well.  In these two videos, he gives you a glimpse of the Loon Mountain Race course and the race itself (with a liberal sprinkling of Yankee dry humor mixed in).  US Mountain Running Team members Eric Blake, Kevin Tilton, Dave Dunham and Eric Morse are all in the race.

Note for 2012 Loon entrants, the course in 2008 had an extra half mile in it.  This More >

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Loon Mountain Race – Athlete Profile: Megan Kimmel

Megan was a member of the 2009 US Mountain Running Team that competed in Italy.  Megan is looking to return to Italy this September to again represent her country.  An accomplished trail and mountain runner, most recently Megan finished 2nd at the USATF Half Marathon Trail Championships in Bend, Oregon.  Megan’s impressive career includes a win at the Pikes Peak Ascent as well as a 3rd place finish in the Pikes Peak Marathon.  Megan is currently in the top 5 in the LaSportiva Mountain Cup circuit, with impressive wins at the Jemez Mountain Trail Run (New Mexico) and the Don’t More >

Congrats to 2012 USMRT Member Tim Chichester – Marathon Sports AOM

Tim Chichester, who made his first US Mountain Running Team at this year’s Mt. Washington Road Race, was named Marathon Sports/New England Runner Magazine Athlete of the Month for June 2012.  Tim finished Mt. Washington in a time of 1:02:06 to secure his spot on the team.  Tim will join the rest of the squad this September in Ponte di Legno, Italy to compete at the World Mountain Running Championships.  Congratulations from all of us at the US Mountain Running Team!

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Loon Mountain Race – Athlete Profile: Brandy Erholtz

Brandy lives in Evergreen, CO.  She is a four-time member of the U.S. Mountain Running Team and qualified for her most recent USMRT in 2011 by placing third at the Mt. Cranmore Hillclimb in a photo finish (see accompanying photo below where Erholtz is on the right). In 2011, Erholtz’s results included a third place at the Dolomite Sky-Race, fourth at the Grand Prix Harikiri Race, fourth at the Mt. Kinabalu Climbathon and first at the 2012 America’s Uphill – a winter snowshoe race in Aspen, CO.

Erholtz just recently finished second at the Mt. Washington Road Race (MWRR) behind fellow More >

Loon Mountain Race – Athlete Profile: Amber Moran

Amber Moran is a trail and mountain runner and accomplished road racer who hails from the Asheville, North Carolina area.

She placed 7th at the USA Mountain Championships at Mt. Washington in 2010 and 5th in 2011 at the USA Mountain Championships at Mt. Cranmore, missing a spot on the US Mountain Running Team by only a second.  In 2009, she took fourth at the USA 10k Trail National Championships and finished third at the 2011 NACAC Mountain Running Championships in Ajijic, Mexico.

Besides her accomplishments in the mountains and on the trails, Amber also is an accomplished road runner, with PRs of 4:44 More >

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US Women’s Mountain Running Team will be decided in 10 days at Loon Mountain

The Loon Mountain Race, well know in New England as one of the toughest, most European-like of all of the mountain races in the country, will serve as the venue for the 2012 sole qualifying race for the 2012 US Women’s Mountain Running Team.  The top 4 US Women at the race will go to Ponte di Legno Italy to represent the US at the World Mountain Running Championships.

The competition at this year’s race is probably the best it has ever been for our women’s selection race.  Over the next week, we’ll be highlighting some of the competitors who will More >

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Mt. Washington Road Race – play-by-play from the press van

Yesterday Nancy Hobbs and I (Richard Bolt) road in the press van to cover the action at our one and only selection race for the 2012 men’s US Mountain Running Team.  My plan to send live tweets from the race was thwarted by a lack of cell service so we both took photos and documented the mile splits.  Here is how the race unfolded at the front from press van #1.

Mile 1:

6:04 – Tim Chichester, Max King, Glen Randall – top 3

Mile 2:

13:40 – Sage Canaday and Joe Gray

Mile 2.5/3000’:

1 – Sage Canaday

2 – Joe Gray

3 – Eric Blake

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First Timer Victorious at USA Mountain Running Championships

Pinkham Notch, NH — The 52nd Mt. Washington Road Race saw a first-time mountain racer Sage Canaday, 26, Boulder, CO, run away from the field to post a time of 58:27, the third fastest time in the history of this 7.6-mile unrelenting climb of New England’s tallest mountain.

Canady’s time was nearly two minutes faster than second-place finisher Joseph Gray, 28, Newcastle, WA, who crossed the line in a person best of 1:00:33. Two-time winner Eric Blake, 33, New Britain, CT, finished in third outsprinting Glen Randall, 25, Mesa, CO, by a mere four seconds. Blake’s time of 1:00:54 was his More >

Mt. Washington will feature 5 World Mountain Running Championship Individual Medalists

This year’s Mt. Washington Road Race has an interesting distinction.  Never before has it featured so many runners in the same race who have all been on the podium for individual medals at the World Mountain Running Championships.  This year’s field includes the following individual medalists:

Marco DeGasperi  (Italy) Dave Dunham (USA) Kasie Enman (USA) Laura Haefeli (USA) Max King (USA)