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Head: First USA Mountain Running Championship set for July 6

Daily Staff Report

The USA Mountain Running Championship will be held on July 6 in conjunction with the 25th annual Vail HillClimb in Vail. The 8-mile course gradually climbs from 8,200 feet at the start, to 10,350 feet at the finish.

The Vail HillClimb typically draws about 400 runners of all abilities.

“We’ve had a lot of elite runners run this race in the past, so I think we should have a pretty good race for the first championship,” said race director Mike Ortiz. “It should be an exciting, competitive race for both the men and the women.”



Last year’s Vail HillClimb was won by Simon Gutierrez, of Albuquerque, N.M. in 50 minutes, 9 seconds, as he outran Paul Low to the top of the mountain.

Anita Ortiz, 38, of Eagle won the women’s race in 1:00:44.



For more information or to submit a running resume to the U.S. Mountain Running Team managers, please contact: Nancy Hobbs (Women) at trlrunner@aol.com or Richard Bolt (Men) at rbolt@emersonecologics.com.


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