Nelson, Woods Win Uhwarrie Mountain Run

2011 La Sportiva Mountain CupAnd they’re off! … or at least those running the 2011 La Sportiva Mountain Cup are. This year La Sportiva kicked off the Mountain Cup two months earlier than last year in the mountains of North Carolina at the 20th Uwharrie Mountain Run. The Uwharrie Mountain Run is actually three races, an 8 miler, a 20 miler, and a 40 miler, with the 20 miler included in the Cup.

It rained heavily the night before the race. While the storm broke before the 20 milers toed the line, it was still a raw run on a relentless course. Mountain Cup regular Rachel Cieslewicz commented after the race, “it was the wettest, coldest, crazy technical 20 mile trail run I’ve raced.” Others reported “the trail conditions were pretty gnarly” and “a couple people ate it.” Having run the 40 miler, I can assure you that the course is quite technical and unforgiving.

La Sportiva added two new components to the Mountain Cup with year, the Standout Award and a limited edition tee shirt for each race.

With the Standout Award, “the Series will recognize an athlete outside the realm of the top competitors by presenting the Standout Award to a participant who displays some kind of notable achievement regarding the race. Recipients of the Standout Award will receive a pair of La Sportiva Mountain Running shoes and an impressive prize package from the La Sportiva Mountain Running Team’s associate sponsors.” This weekend, the Uwharrie Mountain Run and the Mountain Cup presented the award to Michael Kern. Michael is in his 70s and has run in 5 of the past 7 Uwharrie Mountain Runs. This “super jolly dude” ran the 8 mile race this year. For future Mountain Cup races, we’ll announce the Standout Award winner later in the article.

Michael Kern Uwharrie

Michael Kern receiving his La Sportiva Mounain Cup Standout Award.

La Sportiva Mountain Cup Uwharrie Mountain Run tee shirtLa Sportiva also will unveil a limited edition tech tee by La Sportiva Mountain Running Team partner Greenlayer at each one of the Mountain Cup races. Tees will be on sale at the La Sportiva booth for $15 each with all the proceeds going to local land trust, nature conservancy and trail running clubs. The tee shirt sales at Uwharrie raised over $1000 for the Land Trust for Central North Carolina. If you want a sense of what the Uwharrie course was like, take a close look at the shirt to the right. The mountain profile… we’ll it’s the race’s elevation profile. Pretty cool, huh?

Our custom this season will be to begin our LSMC race coverage by filling you in on how the race played out. Next, we’ll give you an update on the Mountain Cup standings. We’ll then move on to our weekly giveaway contest(s) before calling for your comments and finishing up with the full La Sportiva Mountain Cup schedule. We’re a little short of race day data, so we’ll be fleshing out this report as more info filters in.

The Race
Here are the top five men and women’s results with links to race reports where available.

Men’s Race

  1. Ryan Woods – 2:23:16 – Course Record (a Mountain Cup regular and Inov-8 runner)
  2. Jared Scott (report) – 2:24:17 (Inov-8)
  3. Tom Clifford – 2:30:43
  4. Jason Bryant – 2:37:34 (a Mountain Cup regular and La Sportiva runner)
  5. Scott Williams – 2:41:41

(Ok, he wasn’t in the top 5, but a special shout out to friend Sean Andrish (Inov-8) who finished sixth in 2:44:41.)

Jason Bryant Uwharrie 2011

La Sportiva team member Jason Bryant before the start.

Women’s Race

  1. Martha Nelson – 3:07:40
  2. Rachel Cieslewicz (report) – 3:15:26 (Mountain Cup regular)
  3. Annette Bednosky (report) – 3:26:36 (Montail)
  4. Jessica Durant – 3:28:14
  5. Lillian Brown – 3:29:42

Full Results
Results are not yet available.

La Sportiva Mountain Cup Standings
We skipped an update on the Mountain Cup standings in last year’s series premiere and we’ll do so again this year. At this point, the rankings mirror the results exactly. However, we wanted to let you know that we’ll be including a full analysis of LSMC standings after each future race and assure you that these standing updates will get exciting as the series proceeds!

We’ll also take this opportunity to remind you that series results are based on a runner’s top five scoring races. In each race, points are awarded to the top 15 runners of each gender. The top five runners receive 20, 17, 15, 13, and 11 points, respectively. The sixth through fifteenth place runners receive points descending from 10 points for sixth place to 1 point for the final scoring runner. A runner will also receive 2 bonus points for beating another runner who ranked in the series’ top 10 going into the race. You can take a look at the official scoring rules by going to the Mountain Cup website and clicking on the About tab.

One update for this year’s Mountain Cup is the removal of the master’s category. The same total $25,000 purse now spreads 5 deep among the men and women as follows:

  1. $5,000
  2. $3,500
  3. $2,000
  4. $1,5000
  5. $500

iRunFar.com La Sportiva Mountain Cup Contest
La Sportiva logoClassics are classics for a reason and the La Sportiva Crosslite (iRF review) has earned its status as a classic among Sportiva’s trail running line. These neutral, lightweight shoes are heavily nubbed giving you sick traction in the sloppiest of conditions. Looking to tear up the trail in the Crosslite at one of the nine remaining LSMC races? Simply leave your name and town (in the US or Canada) in a comment before we write about the next Mountain Cup race to be run at Nueces 25 on March 5 in Rocksprings, Texas. As a reminder, if you enter to win the Crosslite you’ll also automatically be eligible to win the grand prize at the end of August. Read up on the iRunFar.com La Sportiva Mountain Cup giveaway grand prize.

Call for Comments
If you ran any of the Uwharrie Mountain Run races, please leave a comment letting everyone know how you did and what you think about the race. Past racers are invited to comment, too!

The La Sportiva Mountain Cup

There are 48 comments

  1. Jadon Ross

    Also think the shirts are a great idea, and will be running and purchasing one at the Jupiter Peak Steeple Chase.

    Jadon Ross

    Kemmerer, WY

  2. Jorge Fernandez

    Its a shame that they took the "Mt. PENN MUDFEST" race @ REading,Pa out of the Series…but happy to hear that the Rothrock Challenge is still around

  3. Kevin

    Alright! My crosslites are wearing thin as I've been noticing on my ice/snow runs of late. It'd be great to tackle the Bull Run Run 50 again and the MMT 100 (my first attempt at MMT AND a 100) in a nice new pair of 'em! Is it spring yet?

    Hopefully I'll make it out to one of the La Sportiva races this year; I hear Bell Monte is pretty intense though I've more been eyeballing the 50k for that one…

    Kevin (Now in Bristow, VA)

  4. Steve Nelson

    Crosslite giveaway? Yes, please. Could always use another pair for crashing around in Rothrock! -Steve, State College, PA

  5. Leslie Beckwith

    I'd love to try the Crosslites, since I'm always looking for a lighter trail shoe.

    I ran the Uwharrie 8-miler. It was a fun mud fest!

    Leslie Beckwith

    Fort Bragg, NC

  6. Scott

    Limited edition shirts to support local land ocnservation and trial running organizations is a great idea. Entering for the shoes!

    Scott Broadwell

    Anchorage, AK

  7. Bret Kinsella

    Always like the idea of a new pair of Crosslites. Just ran my first race in them this past weekend and they are my new faves.

    Leesburg, VA

  8. Bradley

    As a father of 4 young children and a full-time librarian, my time on the trails is pretty minimal (and the pocket book is small). However, if I win entrance into one of these races, my family will promise me the appropriate training time to prepare! Isn’t that grand? Too bad it takes something like this to get me out on the trails more, but I’ll take it! And I promise to wear the Crosslites to the race as well!

    Bradley

    Puyallup WA

  9. Sock Runner

    The t-shirt design looks awesome! Btw, I liked reading your report. It's very inspiring to people who are new runners or marathon runners to see that even in his 70s, Michael Kern can still rock it out in races like this. I'll be looking forward to more of your stories. Good job!

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