Friday, November 12, 2010

Mitchell is fastest Master in the Lithia Loop

On Oregon trails

After organizing the first Trail Creek 12-kilometer running race in Sun Valley Oct. 30, Hailey's Brad Mitchell went to work running and winning a trail race in Oregon a week later on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Mitchell, 40, was the fastest Masters-class finisher by 77 seconds in the third annual Lithia Loop Trail Marathon, which for the second straight year doubled as the USATF Trail Marathon Championship.

La Sportiva Mountain Running Team entrant Mitchell won the hotly contested 26.2-mile Masters race on trails near Ashland, Ore. and was fourth overall of 171 finishers with a time of 2.52:17.

The overall winner was Montrail athlete Max King, 30, of Bend, Ore. in 2.41:24. Mitchell was about 11 minutes faster than last year's Masters men's champion Greg McMillan, 41, who was 12th in 3.03:57.

Sponsors included Montrail, Chozu and Peerless as the contestants raced for $6,000 in prize money that was divided between the top five Open men and women, and top three male and female Masters finishers.

The challenging course in southwestern Oregon offered 9,200 feet of elevation change.

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