L-R Stevie Kremer, Brandy Erholtz, Melody Fairchild, Morgan Arritola

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 World Champion, Kasie Enman, who finished in fifth.

“This was a great course.  It really represents the skills we need on the team for European racing” noted women’s team manager Ellen Miller.

“It’s so exciting to see how competitive the fields have gotten at our qualifiers”, said co-race director Paul Kirsch, who is also the Junior Mountain Team Manager.  “If you looked at the top of the mountain this year, it was like a who’s who of women’s mountain running in the US.  We all have so much thanks due to Nancy Hobbs for her continued leadership of our program.

The race also saw a record 300 competitors in the open race, which was a 30% increase in the field.  Acidotic Racing owner, Chris Dunn, did a tremendous job promoting and recruiting for the race.  It’s a sign that mountain running in the US is stronger than ever.

In recognition of the number of runners from the West, especially Colorado, who came out to race at Loon, Acidtotic Racing donated a portion of proceeds from this year’s race to the American Red Cross, Colorado Chapter.