Newcastle resident to run on national team
May 31, 2012
Joe Gray to run July 21 in mountain championships in British Columbia
Newcastle resident Joe Gray will represent the United States as a member of the U.S. Team for the 2012 North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association Mountain Championships. The event will be at Cypress Mountain, just north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on July 21.
Gray, 28, finished 10th at the World Mountain Running Championships in 2010, leading the U.S. men’s team to its first team silver medal. At last year’s championships, Gray finished 11th and was a scoring member on the bronze-medal USA team in 2008.
In 2009, Gray was the USA Mountain Running Champion and was named the men’s USA Mountain Runner of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Gray is the first male to win the NACAC Mountain Championship three times with victories in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
His recent results include a 1-hour, 5-minute half-marathon at the Carlsbad Half, a victory at the USA 50km Road Running Championships and an 11th-place finish at the 2012 USA Cross Country National Championships.
This is the ninth consecutive year that the NACAC Mountain Championships have been held, with the event rotating among the U.S., Mexico and Canada. This is the third time for Canada to serve as host, having been the venue for the championships in 2007 and 2010 in Canmore, Alberta, Canada.
Cypress Mountain Ski Area was one of the venues at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. The proposed course is an all-uphill course that will be approximately 10K in length with approximately 1,000 meters of climbing.
This uphill-only NACAC Mountain Championship follows the pattern of the World Mountain Running Championships with odd-numbered years being up-and-down races and even-numbered years being uphill races.
Gray joins Tommy Manning, of Colorado; Jared Scott, of Arizona; and Ryan Woods, of North Carolina, on the men’s team. Richard Bolt, of California, will serve as the group’s team manager.
Look for results and a recap of the NACAC Mountain Championships and learn more about USA Mountain Running at the www.usmrt.com website.