2010 USA Half Marathon Trail Championships
June 13, 2010
2010 USA Women's Half Marathon Trail Champion
2010 USA Men's Half Marathon Trail Champion
Hometown favorite Max King of Bend, and Sopagna Eap of Eugene,
Ore. both set new course records at the 9th annual Dirty Half half marathon,
which served as the first ever USA Half Marathon Trail Championships. USA Track
& Field runners from across the country were competing for $3,000 in prize money
courtesy of Visit Bend.
Early on in the race the lead pack of runners included King, Eric
Bohn(Flagstaff, Ariz.),Mario Mendoza(Cambria, Calif.) and Carlos Trujillo and
his twin brother Esteban(Eugene, Ore.). King finished in 1:11:03, followed by
the Trujillo brothers, with Carlos coming in at 1:12:17 and Esteban in 1:14:02.
Bohn came in 4th (1:14:16) and Mendoza finished in 5th (1:17:20). King earned
$700 for the win as he looks to carry his success to next weekend when he heads
to Gorham, New Hampshire for the USA Mountain Running Championships at the 50th
Annual Mount Washington Road Race.
First Master and 6th overall was Paul Parsons of (Bend, Ore.) in a time of
On the women's side Eap battled with eventual second place finisher and U.S.
Olympic Cross Country Ski Team member, Morgan Arritola(Ketchum, Idaho) for the
first nine miles until Eap surged ahead for the win, running 1:22:22. Arritola
was timed in 1:23:14 as Bend's very own Lisa Nye rounded out the top-three while
also winning the female masters category in 1:27:54. Eap took home $700 for her
USATF will return to Bend on September 25thfor the USA 50 km Trail
Championships, with a $3,000 prize purse courtesy of Visit Bend.