Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Arritola wins U.S. Mountain Running Championships

World Championships in Poland, Sept. 8

     Local athlete and former Olympic Nordic skier, Morgan Arritola, took to the mountains of New Hampshire to capture the top prize in the U.S. Mountain Running Championships. Arritola successfully made the jump from Nordic skier to mountain runner and hasn’t missed a stride as she beat Stevie Kramer for the 1st place spot in the race.
    Arritola ran with a time of 42:31 at the Cranmore Hill Climb, an 8K run that is comprised of two 4-K loops. Her time was 19 seconds ahead of Kremer. Arritola was the individual bronze medalist and a USA team gold medalist at the 2012 World Mountain Running Championships. The next race for Arritola and the U.S. team will be at the World Mountain Running Championships on Sept. 8 in Poland.
    Arritola’s switch from Nordic skiing to mountain running was because she was being burnt out by cross-country skiing. She added that there was a lot of self-pressure, which didn’t help.

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