Ortiz wins WMRA Masters Championships
SAUZE D’OULX, Italy – Eagle resident Anita Ortiz put on an impressive show Saturday winning the WMRA (World Mountain Running Association) Masters Mountain Running Championships in a time of 53 minutes, 30 seconds.She finished just five seconds ahead of her nearest competitor Isabella Guillot of France. Ortiz started with the 35-39 age group due to a mixup with organizers over her birth month – June instead of September – and therefore had no idea how Guillot or others in the 40-44 age group fared over the 8.46-kilometer course. Not until after the finish did an elated Ortiz find out she was first overall. Competitors started in 20 minute intervals with runners in the same age group. Ortiz’s group started last at 3:20 p.m. while the first group went at 1 p.m.Ortiz will run on her third Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team this year on September 4 over the same course as the masters.Tom Borshel of Idaho Falls, Idaho ran a 49-minute course time and was the first 45-49 competitor to finish. Borschel is the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team junior manager.Andy Ames, 40, of Boulder ran the masters and was (unoffcially) 6th in his age group (161 competitors in the age group).There were more than 750 competitors in the race.The course had 862 meters of ascent and 235 meters of descent and was very steep in parts, relegating many of the competitors to a fast power hike.