2012 Trail Runner Uphill Challenge

The 2012 Trail Runner Uphill Challenge featuring Max King, Brandy Erholtz, Anna Frost, and Philipp Reiter.

By on August 6, 2012 | 21 comments

2012 Trail Runner Uphill ChallengeEvery year at the Outdoor Retail Summer Market, a trade show for the outdoor industry, Trail Runner magazine hosts an Uphill Challenge. In each heat of the Uphill Challenge, two participants square off next to one another treadmills set to a 15% grade on which they run as far as they can in 15 minutes by controlling the speed. Not only do participants try to win their heat, but they also try to be named King or Queen of the Mountain by running further than any other competitor of their gender. Typically, the last two pairings feature showdowns between two top women and, then, two top men. This year was no different with Brandy Erholtz racing Anna Frost in the women’s finale before Philipp Reiter took on Max King in the day’s final race. In the end, Erholtz and King were the Queen and King of the Mountain.

Check out videos of the final two races below. (Sorry for the video quality… I didn’t have time to grab the camcorder from the car.)

Women’s Results

  1. Brandy Erholtz (New Balance) – 1.32
  2. Anna Frost (Salomon) – 1.29
  3. Megan Kimmel (Asics) – 1.26

Men’s Results

  1. Max King (Montrail) – 1.64
  2. Luke Nelson (Patagonia) – 1.51
  3. Anton Krupicka (New Balance) – 1.50

2012 Women’s Trail Runner Uphill Challenge Finale – Brandy Erholtz vs. Anna Frost

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2012 Men’s Trail Runner Uphill Challenge Finale – Philipp Reiter vs. Max King

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Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.