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June 6, 2007

US Mountain Running Championships at Mount Cranmore June 24th

Nine members of US Mountain Running Team to compete along with Anna Pichrtova, 5-time Winner at Mt. Washington

June is a busy month for mountain running in the Mt. Washington Valley. After the Mount Washington Road Race on June 16th, all eyes will be focused on the 20th Annual Cranmore Hill Climb at Cranmore Mountain Resort on June 24th. This year’s Hill Climb will play host to the USA Mountain Running Championships with some of the best mountain runners from across the country coming to Cranmore to compete. Nine former members of the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team will be competing in the race.

The race also serves as a qualifying race for the Teva US Mountain Running Team, with the top 2 male runners and top female runners in the US Mountain Championships getting automatic spots on the Mountain Team. Team members must be USATF members and U.S. Citizens. The Mountain Team will be competing against the world at the World Mountain Trophy Race in September in Sauillon, Switzerland.

The race at Cranmore will feature three 4.3 K laps up and down the mountain for men and two 4.3K laps up and down the mountain for women. Junior men will run two laps and junior women will run one lap. This year's course has been set up to mimic the WMRT course in Switzerland. It features a 3K ascent with an extremely fast and steep 1.3K descent.

This year's Hill Climb features $1000 for the US Mountain Championships and additional prizes provided by sponsors Inov-8 trail shoes, Julbo sunglasses, and FuelBelt. The race is also sponsored by Windermere Real Estate of Teton Valley, WY. Windermere and Fuel Belt are also sponsors of the Teva US Mountain Running Team.

On the men's side, the field includes:

Paul Low, 33, Belchertown, MA. Paul is a seven-time Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team member and a three-time USATF Mountain Runner of the year. Paul is coming off of two strong wins at the Mt. Wachusett and Pack Monadnock race, the first two in the USATF-NE Mountain Circuit. Paul is also a top 5 finisher at Mount Washington in the four times he has raced at the mountain.

Kevin Tilton, 25, Conway, NH, is a two-time member of the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team and has finished as high as 5th at the Mount Washington Road Race. Kevin won the Cranmore race the last time it served as an uphill-only race in 2004 and is coming off his third consecutive win at the Jackson Covered Bridge 10K race in Jackson, NH.

Josh Ferenc, 25, South Acworth, NH was a member of the 2004 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team and was a two-time All American runner in college at Keene State. He was the top New Hampshire finisher in the 2004 Mt. Washington Road Race and most recently won the USATF-NE 10K Grand Prix race in a time of 31:32.

Dmitry Drozdov 34, Waltham, MA is a mountain, road and adventure racer. He was a four-time NCAA steeplechase champion for Iowa State in college and beat out Paul Low to take first place at the 2006 Northfield Mountain race in Northfield, MA. As a member of Team Eastern Mountain Sports, he has placed 1st in multiple adventure races in New England. He also won the 2006 Muddy Moose Trail Race in Wolfeboro.

Joe Dare, 21, Souderton, PA, is new to mountain running but is coming off a strong senior year at LaSalle University in Philadelphia where he ran a 29:25 10K at the Penn Relays. He also placed in the top five at the 2006 Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championships.

Sylvester Coons, 34 Verdi, NV finished 7th at World snowshoe championships in Austria in 2007
He is a snowshoe racer and Cross country racer who Returned to competitive running in 2006 after 10 year hiatus for career and family. He raced Track and Cross Country at Louisiana State University. The Cranmore race will be his first USA Mountain Championship race.

On the women's side, five-time Mt. Washington Road Race winner Anna Pichrtova of the Czech Republic, who just finished 8th at the San Diego Rock N' Roll Marathon, will be competing against a strong field of U.S. Women. They include:

Nicole Hunt, 37 of Deer Lodge, MT, a member of the gold-medal winning team at last year's World Trophy where she was the top finisher for the U.S. in ninth place overall. Her most recent races include a win at the Great Aloha Run in Honolulu this past February, fifth place in the World's Richest Mountain Race (Mt. Obudu in Nigeria) in November, and an eighth place finish at the USATF 10 km National Championships (Tufts in Boston) in October. Nicole is also running at the Mount Washington Road Race, where she was the top U.S. Finisher in 2006.

Chris Lundy, 36, Sausalito, CA, is a two-time member of the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team. She was on the gold-medal squad at last year's World Trophy finishing 15th overall and was 18th overall, second American, at the World Mountain Trophy Race in Wellington, New Zealand in 2005. Chris recently finished as the 5th American at the 2007 Boston Marathon.

Anita Ortiz, 43, Eagle, CO, is a four-time member of the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team and a member of the 2004 women's team who won a bronze medal at the World Trophy race in Italy. Ortiz is coming off of a stellar snowshoe racing season, where she won almost every race she entered, setting 4 course records along the way and winning the Colorado snowshoe championships. In April of 2007 she also won the Spring Desert Ultra Trail Race 25 miler in Fruita, CO and most recently won the TEVA Mountain Games--10K Cytomax Trail Championships in Vail, Colorado. She set course records at both of these races as well.

Kelli Lusk, 37, Belchertown, MA, is a three-time member of the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team and is coming off a win last weekend at the Pack Monadnock 10 Mile mountain race that is part of the USATF-NE Mountain Running Circuit. She was the 7th overall finisher at the 2006 Mt. Washington Road Race and a is a former U.S. Snowshoe Nation Champion and past winner of the Barr Mountain Trail Race in Colorado.

Julie Bryan, 39, Jackson Hole, WY, is a four-time member of the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team. She has two top 10 finishes at Mt. Washington and a versatile mountain runner with numerous victories on her home turf in Jackson Hole and also wins in Colorado including the Barr Trail Mountain Race. and has finished . Recently, she was the top woman at the 6 Tunnels Half Marathon in Las Vegas.

Keri Nelson, 25, Grand Junction, CO, is a competitive cyclist, triathlete, snowshoe racer and mountain and ultra runner. In 2007, she was 1st at the North American Snowshoe Championships and 2nd at the US Snowshoe National Championships. She was also first at the US Winter Triathlon Nationals in Breckenridge, CO and in 2006 was 3rd at the Pikes Peak Marathon and 3rd at the Mt. Evans Ascent in Colorado.

Although there will be a strong field of top runners, the Hill Climb is still open to runners of all ages and abilities. Registration is still available. Cost is $15 before June 18th and $20 from June 18th through the day of the race. Applications and online registration is available at

Besides being the US Mountain Championships, the race also serves as the 4th race in the LaSportiva USATF-NE Mountain Running Circuit ( This will be the third year that Cranmore is part of the New England circuit. Two more races follow Cranmore, the XTERRA Loon Mountain Race on July 8th, and the Mt. Ascutney Challenge on July 14th.

For more information about the Cranmore race, contact Race Director Paul Kirsch at or at 603-367-8676

For additional information on the USA Mountain Running Program visit  and



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