The Trail Runner Trophy Series, presented by Altra Running, is a points-based race series, with 186 events of all distances, all around the country. The series begins in March and culminates in September. Grand prizes are awarded to the runner who logs the most miles, and the runner who runs the most races. The “Mile Mogul” wins a Run the Alps trail-running tour through the French and Swiss alps, while the “Trail Fiend” wins a coveted spot on the cover of Trail Runner magazine.
The Trophy Series is well under way for the season. Here are some updates and stories from the last few weeks. Dale Reicheneder, the 2016 Trophy Series “Trail Fiend” Champion, is currently in first place for winning the cover shot, while Donna Loparo is the lead for the trail-running tour in the Alps.
The Long Island Greenbelt Trail 50K and 25K: May 13, New York
Despite rain and cold wind, multiple athletes returned to defend their titles at the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Runs earlier this season. The athletes raced on a hilly 25K out-and-back from Sunnyside Boulevard trailhead to Cold Spring Harbour. The 50K racers braved the course twice, as the chill and rain worsened.
Winning the women’s 25K for the fifth consecutive year was Heather Williams, 41, of Centerport, New York, in 2:19:03.
Meanwhile, in the men’s race, Jossi Fritz-Mauer, 32, a new resident of Long Island, did not let the weather deter him from setting a new course record—1:50:12. His run was six minutes 13 seconds faster than the previous record, which was set by 47-year-old Huntington, New York resident Todd Rowley in 2015. This year Rowley took the silver medal for the second consecutive year, in 2:01:08.
In the women’s 50K, Jodi-Kartes Heino, 47, of Quogue, New York, was first to fly through the finish line in 5:53:45, followed by Indira Schwarting, 34, of Southold, New York, in 6:08:17.
Aaron Heath, 42, from Chappaqua, New York took his fourth consecutive 50K title in 4:40:24. Giving him a run for his money was Jesse Goodenough, 32, of the host Greater Long Island Running Club, finishing less than a minute back in 4:41:21.
West River Trail Run: June 3, South Londonderry to Jamaica, Vermont
In southern Vermont, runners took to the trails in aid of non-profit organization “The Collaborative” to tackle the race known as “11 miles of trouble,” a three-person relay and a 5K.
The challenging course wound along the West River, through wooded trails, crossing over the beautiful Angel Falls, and traversed up the steep Ball Mountain Dam switchbacks, finishing in Jamaica State Park.
Winning the relay race was Team Turducken, comprised of co-workers Orien Elliot-Rielly, Sean Armstrong and Rogan Lechthaler. The trio finished in 1:39:08.
Katharine Ogden, 19, of Londonderry, Vermont and Andrew Newell, 33, of Shaftsbury, Vermont took first place in the 5K. Both Newell and Ogden have raced internationally as members of the U.S. Nordic Ski Team—Ogden has raced the U.S. Super Tour and in the 2016 World Cup in Canmore, Alberta, while Newell has been on three U.S. Olympic teams and seven U.S. World Championship teams and has three World Cup podiums to his name. Ogden finished in 1:17:14 and Newell finished in 1:07:51.
Rock Hawk Trail Races: May 27, Castle Rock, Colorado
The Castle Rock Miller Park & Ridgeline Trail system welcomed runners of all ages for the Rock Hawk Trail Races, earlier this spring. Among those racing was 11-year-old Ariel Walker, who won her age group in the 10K alongside her mother Rebecca Walker.
“During my trail running career I decided to run a race called the Rock Hawk with my mom, after having a great time at another of [race director] David’s races, Bear Chase,” says Ariel. The lollipop-style course starts and ends in Castle Rock Miller Park, winding through moderately hilly singletrack.
For Ariel, the highlight of the event was the friendly race volunteers and the festive finish line scene. “You will be a half of a mile from the finish when you will see it and hear the music,” she says. “There is a downhill at the finish line that makes you finish strong. At the finish you get a very cool medal and lots of pancakes from Flippin’ Flapjacks, soda and people to hang out with. If you are first, second or third overall you get a very cool trophy.”
Ariel is already looking forward to her next trail race. “I think after my experience at Rock Hawk I will come again and do David’s other trail races that he puts on,” she says.
Trophy Series Standings
Run most races
First Dale Reicheneder, Malibu CA, 255.2 miles, 22 races
Second Samantha Weaver, Jersey Shore PA, 247.5 miles, 19 races
Third Gerald Bailey, Glencoe KY, 242.8 miles, 13 races
Run most miles
First Donna Loparo, Winter Springs FL, 320 actual miles, 2 races
Second John Dufour, Carrollton GA, 286 actual miles, 2 race
Third James Barnard, Clinton TN, 264 actual miles, 1 race
First James Barnard, Clinton TN, 1056 points, 1 race
Second Jeremy Reed, Pikeville TN, 630 points, 1 race
Third John Dufour, Carrollton GA, 472 points, 2 races
First Donna Loparo, Winter Springs FL, 1080 points, 2 races
Second Greta Reed, Pikeville TN, 576 points, 1 race
Third (TIE) Jess Mullen, Seattle, WA, 400 points, 1 race/ Van Phan, Maple Valley WA, 400 points, 2 races / Elaine Stypula, St Clair Shores MI, 400 points, 1 race / Caroline Boller, Solvang, CA, 400 Points, 1 race / Rebeca Wilson, Eagleville TN, 400 points, 1 race / Stacy Dittmer, Brandon MB, 400 points, 1 race / Kelly Teeselink, Iowa City IA, 400 points, 1 race, n/a
10-19 RJ Bascom, Front Royal VA, 255.6 points, 5 races
20-29 Matt Lipsey, Kersey PA, 222.8 points, 4 races
30-39 Robert Spies, San Francisco CA, 157.2 points, 3 races
40-49 Steve Templin, Muncy PA, 176.3 points, 4 races
50-59 Dale Reicheneder, Malibu CA, 898.3 points, 22 races
60+ Gerald Bailey, Glencoe KY, 340.2 points, 13 races
10-19 Elizabeth Shaffer, Jersey Shore PA, 251.4 points, 5 races
20-29 Johanna Ohm, State College PA, 245.8 points, 5 races
30-39 Brianna Bair, State College PA, 276.1 points, 5 races
40-49 Samantha Weaver, Jersey Shore PA, 418.4 points, 19 races
50-59 Carole Dudukovich, Port Matilda PA, 437.6 points, 9 races
60+ Jane Kone, Howard PA, 294.1 points, 6 races