The Trail Runner Trophy Series, presented by Altra Running, is a points-based, season-long series of more than 200 trail races around the country. This year’s Trophy Series has two grand prizes. The runner with the most miles at season’s end will win a trail-running tour beginning in Chamonix, France, led by Run the Alps, and the runner who finishes the most races will end up on the cover of an issue of Trail Runner.
With the series in full swing, here are some of the latest stories from the last couple weeks. Dale Reichender, 50, of Malibu, California, has taken over the lead to be our cover model with 10 races. The race to win that dream vacation continues to be neck-and-neck, with four runners tied at 200 miles!
Tanglewood Tanglefoot Trail Run: Elmira, New York, June 19
The Tanglewood Tanglefoot is one of only a few races that’s been a part of the Trophy Series since its inception a dozen years ago.
This year, the 13th annual race was on a 6.5-mile loop that racers circumnavigated once for the 10K and twice for the 20K, each loop leading off with a quick 400-foot climb.
Course records fell in both the men’s and women’s 20K races—even more impressive, new men’s record-holder Brendan Glover covered the first half of his 20K faster than the men’s 10K winner! Nora McIver-Sheridan won the women’s 20K for the second year running, taking two minutes off her previous best time. (McIver-Sheridan then went on to set a new course record at the Finger Lakes 50K on July 2.)
Race director Jim Chely made sure recovery beers were flowing when racers came off the warm, dry course.
Waugoshance Trail Marathon: Emmet County, Michigan, July 9
The Waugoshance Trail Marathon and Half showcased some of Michigan’s best singletrack miles and bluffs, hosting 205 runners from 26 states and four countries.
The performance of the day came in the women’s half marathon, with 2015 world 50K champion and 50-Mile road world record holder Camille Herron’s 1:40:05. Not only did she crush the women’s competition, she beat the first male finisher by two minutes for the overall win.
Herron used the half as a tune-up race to prep for the White River 50-Miler later this month, says race director Jeff Crumbaugh. When she’s not winning races and setting records, Herron studies bone-tissue microstructure.
Trophy Series Standings (as of July 19, 2016)
Age Group Standings – Female
10-19: Elizabeth Shaffer, Jersey Shore PA, 13, 3 races, 43.8 miles, 158 points
20-29: Cheyenne Albert, Morrisdale PA, 26, 6 races, 85.5 miles, 285.1 points
30-39: Saige Ballock-Dixon, Idaho Falls ID, 34, 2 races, 37.2 miles, 148.8 points
40-49: Meira Minard, State College PA, 42, 4 races, 59.3 miles, 237.7 points
50-59: Rebecca Whitesell, Bellefonte PA, 54, 4 races, 59.3 miles, 223.7 points
60+: Jane Kone, Howard PA, 62, 6 races, 77.4 miles, 260.5 points
Age Group Standings – Male
10-19: Nathan Bonham, Westfield PA, 19, 4 races, 93.4 miles, 173.6 points
20-29: Matt Lipsey, Kersey PA, 26, 6 races, 85.42 miles, 328.66 points
30-39: Adam Russell, Rome PA, 37, 7 races, 160.24 miles, 211.2 points
40-49: John Johnson, Ulster PA, 43, 4 races, 59.3 miles, 223.7 points
50-59: Dale Reichender, Malibu CA, 50, 10 races, 118.4 miles, 395 points
60+: Gerald Bailey, Glencoe KY, 64, 6 races, 89.86 miles, 258.14 points
Ultra Standings – Female
Karen Jackson, Santee SC, 1 race, 140.6 miles, 562.4 points
Allison Miles, Talladega AL, 47, 2 races, 151.4 miles, 505.78 points
Lisa Grippe, Lawrence GA, 53, 2 races, 126.2 miles, 426.2 points
Ultra Standings – Male
Nathan Dewey, Mt. Pleasant SC, 33, 1 race, 140.6 miles, 562.4 points
Gabe Wishnie, Redmond WA, 33, 2 races, 162 miles, 524 points
Andy Kwan, Houston TX, 38, 2 races, 150 miles, 450 points
Dale Reichender, Malibu CA, 50, 10 races
4 tied at 200 miles
Trophy Series presenting sponsor Altra Running is a leading trail-running shoe brand. Based in Utah, Altra’s running-shoe innovations—including a cushioned Zero Drop shoe and a foot-shaped toe box—are born from long hard runs in the nearby Wasatch Mountains.Follow @AltraRunning and #ZeroLimits on Twitter,Instagram and Facebook. PR Contact: Colleen Logan, VP Marketing, firstname.lastname@example.org
Run the Alps offers a variety of guided and self-guided trail-running trips throughout the Alps, for all abilities. Founder Doug Mayer is also a contributing editor at Trail Runner; you can read a few of his stories about running in Switzerland here and here. More information is available at their website: www.runthealps.com.