2012 Mount Washington Preview - Page 3
“We’ve reached a place over the past several years now where we’re really fielding strong teams,” says Bolt. “Because of that, we’ve been getting more exposure, which is attracting people from other elite backgrounds.”
Also contending will be former USMRT member Joseph Gray of Newcastle, Washington, another former steeplechaser who also owns a 1:05 half-marathon PR and U.S. Trail 10K title. Eric Blake of New Britain, Connecticut, is a former Mount Washington winner, USMRT member and 2010 runner-up in 1:00:40 (where he edged Gray, third, by just over a minute) who will also toe the line Saturday.
Sage Canday, recently relocated to Boulder, Colorado, will make his Mount Washington debut Saturday—the two-time Olympic Trials marathoner has shown promise in the mountains, finishing a close second in 3:49:28 at Washington’s Chuckanut 50K in March despite making a wrong turn. And former NCAA Nordic ski champion Glenn Randall of Mesa, Colorado, will look to improve on his 1:03:36 and fourth-place finish at his first Mount Washington race last year.
Bolt says the many contenders (and variables) have raised the prospects of the USMRT’s chances to perform well at the World Championship, where they placed fourth as a team last year and won silver in 2010—the last uphill year.
Still, he was mum on how the team might fare at the World Championships—at least until the team is set. “At Worlds, competition is so close at the top that it’s hard to predict,” he says.