Wednesday, September 30, 2009

2009 Oregon Mountain Running Series Final Scoring

The second annual La Sportiva / USATF-Oregon Mountain Running Series is complete and the final scoring compiled. Ashland's Ian Torrence (pictured) leads the points total thanks to his speedy legs and attendance at 4 of the 5 races. Taking the masters title was new USATF member Donald Gallogly (Corvallis, OR) who was the only other runner to also complete 4 races. Just to review, the series races were:

May 2 - Larison Rock Hillclimb (Oakridge)
June 6 - Graniteman Mountain Run (Jacksonville)
August 1 - Mt. Ashland Hillclimb (Ashland)
August 16 - Great Northwest Mountain Run (Mt. Hood)
September 5 - Sunrise to Summit (Mt. Bachelor)

Thanks to the generosity of our title sponsor La Sportiva, every USATF member who scored points in the series (listed below) will get a FREE pair of trail running shoes! For collecting the highest points total, Ian Torrance will also receive a mystery prize from my swag bag. Congrats also to our other age group / gender winners Jenn Shelton (Open Female), Chuck Whiteley (50-59 Male), Susanna Beck (Masters Female) and Dusty Miller (60-69 Male).

Name Age Group Sex City TOTAL
Ian Torrence 0 - 39 (Open) M Ashland, OR 349.12
DON GALLOGLY 40 - 49 M Corvallis, OR 314.64
Erik Skaggs 0 - 39 (Open) M Ashland, OR 296.40
Jenn Shelton 0 - 39 (Open) F Ashland, OR 154.89
Chuck Whiteley 50 - 59 M Medford, OR 119.69
Max King 0 - 39 (Open) M Bend, OR 100.00
Joe Gray 0 - 39 (Open) M Lakewood, WA 100.00
Hal Koerner 0 - 39 (Open) M Ashland, OR 90.11
Richard Bolt 0 - 39 (Open) M Portland, OR 90.00
Susanna Beck 40 - 49 F Eugene, OR 77.49
Bill Montgomery 40 - 49 M Eugene, OR 72.60
Megan Arbogast 40 - 49 F Corvallis, OR 72.27
Mike Davis 40 - 49 M Talent, OR 67.64
Scott Abrams 50 - 59 M La Pine, OR 67.42
Tyler Jones 0 - 39 (Open) M Bend, OR 60.62
Dusty Miller 60 - 69 M Mt. Shasta, CA 54.50
Nick Campbell 40 - 49 M Sunriver, OR 53.91

Did you miss all the racing action? You can still check out race photos by clicking the following links:

Larison Rock Hillclimb (Oakridge)
Graniteman Mountain Run (Jacksonville)
Mt. Ashland Hillclimb (Ashland)
Great Northwest Mountain Run (Mt. Hood)
Sunrise to Summit (Mt. Bachelor) - ooops, I wasn't there.

Stay tuned for information about next years series. Most races in the series should be back next year. In addition, we're working to bring a selection race for the US Mountain Running Team to Oregon with the goal of having prize money and making it part of the 2010 Oregon Mountain Running Series.

Thanks to all the hard work of the race directors for putting these unique and scenic races together. Also thank you to all the runners without whom we'd be sitting around watching grass grow......or something.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

2009 Lithia Loop Trail Marathon Course Maps

The Rogue Valley Runners have announced the availability of course maps for the Lithia Loop Trail Marathon which will be the 2009 USATF Trail Marathon National Championships. Check out the race application, course map and course profile on the RVR blog at:

2009 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team Wins Silver and Bronze in Italy

Account by Dave Dunham with edits and additional quotes by Nancy Hobbs

Madesimo, Italy--- The 25th running of the World Mountain Running Championships were held under clear and crisp blue skies with temperatures in the upper 50s for the start of the competition. The venue was in the winter ski village of Madesimo, Italy, located three hours by bus from Milan. The course was lined with fans not only from the host country, but with worldwide fans. The sound of ringing cowbells and pulsating air horns filled the air. A total of thirty-five countries were represented in the four races.

The junior women started the day with a single lap of the 4.3 km course. The runners were tested with steep climbs and some rocky sections on the descents. The terrain was a mixture of grass, packed dirt trail, and grassy sections with some rocks and roots to keep the athletes focused on their footing. In order to run well the athletes would have to be strong climbers, fearless descenders and able to transition between the various grades.

Megan Morgan, 17, Del Mar, CA, was the first U.S. athlete of the day to cross the finish line, earning a silver medal – the best individual junior finish following last year’s bronze medal by Californian Alex Dunne. Turkey’s Can Yasemin won the gold medal with a time of 22:18 with Morgan just 17 seconds in arrears. Angelica Mach of Poland was the bronze medalist in 22:56. Robyn Arnold, 16, Redlands, CA, rounded out the U.S. scoring taking 23rd in 25:39. Alex Dent, 17, Scott Dep ot, WV, was unable to finish after taking a spill on a road crossing approximately two miles into the race. In all 42 juniors (at least 16 in the year of competition and not yet 20) completed the course. Turkey captured the team title with five points (the top two finishers on the team count in the scoring). Romania placed second with 13 points and Poland finished in bronze-medal position with 20 points. The next three teams were all separated by just one point. Team USA finished in seventh position with 25 points. A total of 14 full teams competed in the junior women’s division. This was the second best finish for the junior girls trailing only the 2007 team which finished second.

Following the race, Robyn Arnold said, “I started out maybe a little bit too fast, dropped places, but was happy with my result. I learned a lot and hope to apply what I learned this year to next year if I make the team.”

Megan Morgan was beaming when she accepted her award at the post-race flower ceremony immediately following her finish, “We got our medals and then when we left the podium they took them back from us. I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t see my medal again, and then I then realized we’d get them back at the awards ceremony in the evening.” Morgan told her Mom, who accompanied her to Italy, that the race was one of the best she’d ever done.

The junior men were up next, with two circuits and 8.6 km’s to complete. The teams from Turkey and Italy had a close battle with Italian Xavier Chevier taking a decisive victory, crossing the line in 38:26 nearly a minute up on his closest challenger. Turkish team mates Mzaffer Bayram and Alper Demir, took second and third respectively in 39:22 and 39:32. Nineteen seconds later Brandon Lord, 17, Hixson, TN, crossed the line after running a controlled and very20regulated race starting in ninth position and moving to eighth after the first loop and picked off other competitors to move up in the standings. Lord bettered Tim Smith’s fifth place from 2008 and is now the all-time top placing junior man. This is all the more impressive as this was Brandon’s first mountain race. Dan Nafziger, 18, Harrisonburg, VA, and Brian Rooney, 19, Arlington, VA, were the next two U.S. finishers closing out the team scoring in 39th and 41st places respectively. They finished 12 seconds apart in 44:11 and 44:23. Tim Smith, 19, Roanoke, VA, took 55th place in 46:10 in the field of 68 finishers. Turkey was the top team with 14 points (three runners score) with Italy a mere two points back. Great Britain took home the bronze with 52 points. The U.S. team finished 8th among the 17 countries. The 8th place finish ties the second best (2006) all-time.
Nafziger, although not pleased with his finish felt that he learned so much from the experience, “I thought my cross country training would be enough, but it wasn’t. There were Italians and others walking on some of the steeper sections and then cruising the really fast sections of the course. I was pushing my climbs and didn’t have enough at the top of the hills to take advantage of the descents like I wanted to. I hope to come back next year and really train more specifically for the event.”
The senior women were the third to compete over two loops of the course which featured 1,800’ of climb and descent. Average grades on the climb were 20% and 10% on the descent. The U.S. women ran packed tightly together passing through the first lap with the four athletes each in the top 20. That grouping would not cha nge by the finish with all four crossing within 48 seconds. Elisa Desco (43:39), Valentina Belotti (44:04), and Maria Grazia Roberti (44:23) all used their “home field advantage” to lead Italy to a total domination of the team scoring (three runners score) with a perfect score of 6 points. Brandy Erholtz, 32, Bailey, CO, led the way for the USA finishing tenth in 45:23. Christine Lundy, 39, Sausalito, CA, (45:41) 13th, Megan Kimmel, 29, Silverton, CO, (45:46) 15th, and Megan Lund, 25, Basalt, CO, (46:11) 17th were able to grab the bronze medal with 38 points. They finished 16 points behind the silver medal squad from Great Britain. The third place finish trails only the two gold medal finishes of 2006 & 2007. In all there were 69 finishers representing 14 countries.

The final race of the day was the senior men’s three grueling circuits of the course, all between 5,000’ and 6 ,300.’ The African teams moved to the front in the early going. Geoffrey Kusoro of Uganda forged a 54 second lead by the end, crossing the line in 54:51. Azerya Teklag Weldemariam of Eritrea placed 2nd in 55:45. The final medal was taken by James Kibet (Uganda) in 55:54. The U.S. team was led by former junior team member (12th place 2006) Andrew Benford, 21, Roanoke, VA. He moved into the top 15 and passed teammate Joe Gray, 25, Lakewood, WA, with approximately a mile to go. Benford placed 13th in 58:09 with Gray finishing 16th in 58:43. The final four team members all finished in a tight pack in places 42, 46, 47, and 48, with only 12 seconds separating them. Matt Byrne, 34, Scranton, PA, and Zac Freudenberg, 31, St. Louis, MO, were the scoring members in 1:01:26 and 1:01:34 in a field that featured 138 finishers. Rickey Gates, 28, Boulder, CO, and Tim Parr, 27, Gunnison, CO, crossed seconds later in 1:01:36 and 1:01:38. The team competition was won by Eritrea with 24 points with Italy second with 39 points and Turkey rounding out the medals with 75 pints. USA finished in sixth with 117 points.

Team manager Nancy Hobbs, Colorado Springs, CO, team leader Richard Bolt, Portland, Oregon, team manager for the juniors Dave Dunham, Bradford, MA, and women’s team manager Ellen Miller, Vail, CO, accompanied the team to Italy.

At the USATF annual convention in Reno, NV, on December 6, the Mountain Ultra Trail Running (MUT) Council chose two races from which automatic qualifiers to the U.S. team will be selected. The USA Mountain Running Championships were hosted at Mt. Cranmore (11km) on June 28 in North Conway, NH. The top three U.S. men – Gray, Freudenberg, and Byrne – and the top U.S. woman finisher – Lundy – earned automatic berths on the team.

The Cheyenne Canon Mountain Race in Colorado Springs, CO, was the site of the second and final selection race on July 26 (approximately 8km for women and juniors and 12km for men) where the top two U.S. men – Parr and Benford – and the top two U.S. women – Kimmel and Lund – earned automatic berths.
After the final selection race, the remaining members of the senior squad, (one male - Gates, one female - Erholtz), were chosen by the Mountain Ultra Trail Council with input from the team staff based on results at the selection races, past World Trophy events, national and international racing experience including mountain, road, cross country, and track.

The junior team members were selected based on their running resumes and required a letter of support from a coach, parent, or mentor. To see hour-by-hour coverage of the World Mountain Running Championships from team leader Richard Bolt, you can go to: For a complete list of results visit

&n bsp; Slovenia is slated to host the 26th World Mountain Running Championships in early September 2010 on an uphill only course. Selection races for the U.S. team will be determined at the USATF Annual Meeting in December 2009.

Sponsors of the 2009 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team include title sponsor Teva, the official footwear of the team since 2002, SportHill is the official apparel sponsor providing team uniforms, OrthoLite Insoles, the world’s leading supplier of open cell foam insoles in the performance and footwear category is the official insole, Fleet Feet Sports Boulder, the official specialty running store, Windermere of Teton Valley, the official real estate company, Wicked Fast Sports Nutrition, the official dietary supplements for pre-exercise energy/endurance (Energ-Ease) and post-exercise recovery (Recover-Ease), and product sponsors ALCiS topical pain relief cream, ground bags and duffels, Tech 4o watches, KINeSYS performance sunscreen, CW-X conditioning tights, FuelBelt, Inc., hydratio n products, Costa Del Mar performance sunglasses, and Youth Runner magazine.

For additional information visit the websites listed below:

World Mountain Running Association
World Mountain Running Championships
USA Track & Field
American Trail Running Association
USA Mountain Running Championships
Teva &nbs p;
SportHill Clothing
CW-X Conditioning Wear www
Costa Del Mar
Windermere & nbsp;
Fleet Feet Sports-Boulder
Wicked Fast Sports Nutrition
Youth Runner &nbs p;

Friday, September 4, 2009

Race Start / Finish Area

The start and finish are in the village of Motta at 1700 meters above
sea level. The 4.34k loop climbs to 1950 meters up a steep and mostly
grassy slope. Junior women race 1 lap, junior men and senior women do
2 laps (8.6k), senior men race 3 laps (13k and 825 meters of total
climb and descent).

Course Preview with Junior Woman's Team

Dave Dunham, Richard Bolt and Ellen
Miller ran the course with the junior woman's team. Steep from the
start followed by rolling hilly across ski slopes and meadows, grazing
cows, farmers houses, rugged high alpine views.

US Mountain Running Team in Motta

Motta is the location of the race start / finish. Currently foggy.
Most of the team walked or ran the entire course.

World Mountain Running Championships

Richard Bolt here in Campodolocino, Italy with the US Mountain Running
Team. Race is this Sunday. More photos to be posted here. Get updates
at Twitter/