August 1, 2005
Paul Low Joins Competitive Field at Cranmore
Top Mountain Runners Prepare for Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team Selection Race at Cranmore Mountain Resort in New Hampshire
NORTH CONWAY, NH - Three-time USA Track and Field (USATF) Mountain Runner of the year Paul Low of Amherst, MA has entered the field for the 18th Annual Cranmore Hill Climb. Low, who has finished in the top four at Mt. Washington in each of his appearances on this unforgiving 7.6 mile uphill grind, is a five-time member of the Teva US Mountain Running Team. He is looking to win the Cranmore race to ensure a berth on this year's team that will travel to Wellington, New Zealand in September to compete at the World Mountain Running Trophy. This is the final selection race for the team. Two additional men will be selected for at-large spots on the team the week following the race by the USATF Mountain Ultra Trail council.
The Cranmore Hill Climb has a new course specially designed for this year's selection race. The course features a 4.6K loop, which will be negotiated once for junior women, twice for open and masters women and junior men, and three times for open and masters men. The course is intended to mirror the multiple loop format and course profile of the World Trophy race, thus giving U.S. athletes a chance to test themselves over similar terrain and distance as the trophy race.
Low will be battling for the last guaranteed spot on the men's team with fellow Central Mass Strider teammates Eric Blake of Plattsburgh, NY, Peter Maksimow of Springfield, MA, Ben Nephew of Foxboro, MA, Dave Dunham of Bradford, MA and local running phenom Kevin Tilton of Conway, NH. In addition, eyes will also be on Ryan Pauling of Rochester, NY, White Mountain Miler Tim Livingston of Conway, NH and Jon Beck of Fairport, NY.
Blake finished second at the Northfield Mountain race and was named USATF New England Mountain running champion. He finished 2nd at the Vail 10k trail championships. Blake took second place at the 2005 Mt Washington road race. He was third in the 2004 USA Mountain Championships at Mt. Washington in New Hampshire and fifth at the same championships in Vail in 2003. He was 28th in the 2004 World Mountain Trophy event in Sauze D'Oulx, Italy. He was 33rd in the 2004 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials and the ninth American at the 2004 ING New York City Marathon.
Maksimow finished seventh at the 2005 Mt Washington road race. He was the 5th CMS finisher on a team which set a new open team record. In 2003 he won the Mt. Baldy Run-to-the-Top, in San Bernadino, CA. In 2004 he finished 9th at the USATF 10K Trail Championships and 9th at the Teva Vail HillClimb.
Nephew finished tenth at the New England championships at Northfield. He was runner-up at the USATF trail marathon championships in 2004 in Asheville, NC. He placed fifth at Northfield in 2003 and was 15th at the Mt Washington race in 2004 with a sub-1:10 effort. Nephew is one of the best trail runners in the Northeast and well known for his reckless disregard for danger when descending.
Dunham was a member of the U.S. Mountain running team from 1992 -2000. In 1993 he won a silver medal at the World Mountain Running Trophy. He has finished 15 times top 10 at the Mt Washington road race and was the USATF Mountain runner of the year 2000. Injuries and illness have curtailed his racing, however he supports the sport by directing numerous trail/mountain/Ultra/Snowshoe races in New England including the Northfield race. Dunham is currently in the process of writing a history of the Mount Washington road race. He finished fifth in the 40+ age group at the 2005 Mt Washington road race and second in the 40+ at Northfield (New England Championship).
Tilton won the Mt Kearsarge race earlier this year and is currently in second place in the USATF NE mountain circuit. He ran a four- minute personal best at Mt Washington this year, placing fifth in 1:03:42. Tilton finished eighth at the Northfield Mountain race and is currently in second place in the Mountain circuit with 385.04 points.
Pauling recently finished first in the TEVA Devil's resort Mountain race earning a spot on the 2005 TEVA U.S. Mountain running team. He won despite collapsing near the finish and crawling across the line. Pauling finished fourth at the Northfield Mountain race and represented the U.S. at the 2001 World Mountain Trophy race, finishing 24th and top American.
Livingston is coming off of his personal best 13th place finish at the 2005 Mt. Washington race. Known for his aggressive descents, Livingston could be a factor in this up and down mountain race.
Jon Beck is somewhat new to mountain running but was a Division III All American in college and has a 14:58 personal best for the 5K.
In the women's field, the battle is expected to be between Kelli Lusk of Amherst, MA and Julie Bryan of Jackson Hole, WY.
Lusk is recovering from an early season injury in April which forced her to miss six weeks of training. She finished fifth at the Northfield Mountain race and was named New England Champion. Recently she finished third in Wisconsin at the TEVA Devil's Head Resort mountain race. Lusk is a two-time winner of the Barr Trail Mountain Race ('02, '03). She was the 2004 USATF New England Mountain Running Series Champion. A seasoned snowshoe racer, Lusk was the 2003 U.S. National Snowshoe Racing Champion. In addition to her mountain and trail finishes, Lusk qualified for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.
Bryan has run the first three US mountain team qualifying races. She finished sixth at the Vail 10k race on June 4, third at the Northfield Mountain race on June 25, and fourth in the TEVA Devil's Resort race on July 16. At the July 16 event she was in a solid second place when she collapsed 20 yards from the finish. She was able to crawl across the line, but not before being passed by two other women. Bryan was a member of the 2001 and 2002 mountain running team and an alternate on the 2003 team. She is a versatile mountain runner with numerous victories on her home turf in Jackson Hole and also wins in Colorado to include the Barr Trail Mountain Race.
The race is also the sixth and final race in the USA Track and Field New England Mountain Running Circuit. The 2005 USATF New England Mountain Running Circuit is the 10th annual series, promoting competition in New England Mountain Running and encouraging the running community "to support the sport" by becoming a USATF member. The circuit consists of six races this year, with runner's points totaled from their best five races in 2005 for scoring.
Registration for the Cranmore Hill Climb is still available. Entry fee for the race is $10 before August 2 and $15 thereafter including day of race. The event is open to runners of all ages and starts at 9 AM with registration beginning at 7:30. For more information about the race or to register, please contact Race Director Paul Kirsch at 603-367-8676 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Race Applications are available online at www.whitemountainmilers.com.
Spectators are also welcome to come out and see the event. People can hike to the top of the mountain to see the halfway point or stay at the bottom to see the initial descent and ascent portions.
The race is sponsored by the White Mountain Milers, Cranmore Mountain Resort, Teva, Eastern Mountain Sports, RSN, Hannaford, Shaw's, WalMart and Zeb's Village Store. Proceeds from the race go towards the White Mountain Milers/Gretchen B. Hatch Community Scholarship Fund. The Fund has presented $38,000 in college scholarships to local student athletes since its inception.
Paul Kirsch, Cranmore Hill Climb Race Director - 603-367-8676 email@example.com
Richard Bolt, Men's USATF LDR Mountain Rep - 603-494-6947 firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information visit the websites listed below:
Northfield Mountain Race www.USATFne.org
Teva Devil's Race www.trailrun.wors.org
Mt. Cranmore www.whitemountainmilers.com
World Mountain Running Association www.wmra.info
USA Track & Field www.USATF.org
World Mountain Trophy 2005 www.mountainrunning.org.nz/
All American Trail Running Association www.trailrunner.com
Teva - team title sponsor www.teva.com
SportHill Clothing - team sponsor www.sporthill.com
180s - team sponsor www.180s.com
ground™ - team sponsor www.groundwear.com
All American Trail Running Association www.trailrunner.com