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August 17, 2021
Gray wins Mountain Running Championships in Oregon
Gray, Demoor, Kowalczyk qualify for 2022 World Mountain Running Championships
2021 USATF Mountain Running Championships
were held on Sunday (15-Aug) in Mt. Hood, Oregon. The race started at 3,600 feet above sea level at the Mt Hood Ski Bowl Resort and then climbed to 5000 feet, the high point, and then descended back to the start area. Fifteen (15) athletes from Colorado were among the 102 competitors in the USATF championships.
The race served as the qualifying event for the 2022 World Mountain and Running Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand February 10-13, 2022. The top three finishers earned automatic Team USA spots for the world championships. Three Coloradans -
(Nederland) - finished in the top three thus earning spots on the 2022 world championship team.
In the men's race,
, 37, of Colorado Springs won in a time of 39:36 with Max King of Oregon following Gray across the line in 39:51. Third place was
Carbondale, CO with a time of 40:09. Three other Coloradans finished in the top ten -
(Louisville, 6th), and
(Fort Collins, 10th).
, 48, of Nederland finished 26th overall and won the masters 45-49 national title. His time was 44:35
In the women's race
, 25, of Nederland finished third in a time of 46:22.
, 30, of Colorado Springs, and
s, 27, of Thornton joined Kowalczyk in the top ten finishing fifth and sixth, respectively.
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