Woods and Bryant Win Uwharrie Mountain Run

2012 La Sportiva Mountain CupThis weekend, the 2012 La Sportiva Mountain Cup got underway at the 21st Uwharrie Mountain Run in the mountains of North Carolina. While the event hosts three distances – 8, 20, and 40 miles – the Mountain Cup focuses on the 20-mile race.

Last year’s Cup also started with Uwharrie after a night of heavy rains. This year, the race began precip-free before a light drizzle fell later in the race. That said, word is that there were plenty of sections with 6-inch-deep mud to go along with numerous creek crossings. Add in lots of rocks under leaf litter on a course that’s nearly all singletrack and you get plenty of battle wounds.

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 don’t yet have photos from Uwharrie, but we’ll add them in as soon as we get them.

The Race
Men’s Race

Well, this year’s Mountain Cup began just as last year’s… at least on the men’s side with Inov-8’s Ryan Woods taking the win again. In doing so, he managed to break his course record from last year by 14 seconds. That win might not have happened but for eventual fifth place finisher David Roche taking a wrong turn while he had a four-and-a-half minute lead. Patrick Reaves took second, four and a half minutes behind Woods.

Third place finisher Jason Bryant improved one place and six minutes over last year with Scott Williams again one spot behind Bryant. Last year, Bryant beat Williams by over four minutes, but this year’s margin was a mere second. In truth, the two ran together with Williams forgoing a late battle as he knew Bryant is once again competing in the series while he will not be.

  1. Ryan Woods – 2:23:02 – Course Record (a Mountain Cup regular and Inov-8 runner)
  2. Patrick Reaves – 2:26:30
  3. Jason Bryant (report) – 2:31:37 (a Mountain Cup regular and La Sportiva runner)
  4. Scott Williams – 2:31:38
  5. David Roche – 2:36:45
2012 Uwharrie Bryant Woods Reaves

Top 3 Men (l-to-r): Jason Bryant, Ryan Woods and Patrick Reaves

[Ps. Congrats to buddy Mike Mason on winning the 40 miler and to Jon Allen for his strong second place showing behind Mason.]

Women’s Race
The women’s race was necessarily a big change over last year as none of last year’s top three returned, including Mountain Cup regular Rachel Cieslewicz, who’ll be concentrating on cycling rather than trail running this year.

Another series regular, Alison Bryant, did head to Uwharrie this year after being sidelined from last year’s race by an injury. Running healthy this year, La Sportiva’s Bryant won by nearly 16 minutes. Last year’s fourth place finisher, Jessica Durant, was this year’s runner up. She was followed closely by Mila Harris and Theresa Crowgey, who were both within two minutes of Durant at the finish. Leigh Adams finished another couple minute back to round out the top five.

  1. Alison Bryant – 3:06:49
  2. Jessica Durant – 3:22:46
  3. Mila Harris – 3:27:50
  4. Therea Crowgey – 3:28:25
  5. Leigh Adams – 3:33:13

Full Results
Full results of the 20 miler (pdf). (Results of other races.)

La Sportiva Mountain Cup Standings

Jason Bryant Scott Williams Uwharrie 2012

Jason Bryant finishing just ahead of Scott Williams.

As has become our tradition, were’ skipping our usual standing’s update for the inaugural 2012 La Sportiva Mountain Cup race, because 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 10 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 6 points 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 logoLa Sportiva Crosslite 2If I were racing a muddy 20-mile trail race, I’d be pulling the La Sportiva Crosslite 2.0 off my shoe rack. It’s heavily lugged like its predecessor while sitting on an even more stable platform that’s great for longer races.

Looking to tear up the trail in the Crosslite 2.0 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 Red Hot Moab 33k on February 18. As a reminder, if you enter to win the Crosslite 2.0, you’ll also automatically be eligible to win the grand prize – any three pairs of La Sportiva trail shoes and some sweet Sportiva schwag at the end of August.

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 169 comments

  1. Peter

    Peter L

    Stamford, CT

    In your last article before the race regarding LS Cup, I mentioned "watch out for Dave Roche"

    I wish he didn't take a wrong turn b/c I would have loved to see what his final time would have been.

    Watch out for him at any trail race in NC

  2. Frenchy

    Jonathan French

    Katy, Texas

    Running Hell's Hills 50K and Jemez 50M

    Volunteer at Rocky Raccoon – fantastic race! Got to meet Ian Sharman and Oswaldo Lopez (2011 Badwater winner). Yes, it was a complete mudfest for the first half of the race.

  3. Reid Landes

    Having a hard time imagining a 7:09/mile pace over hilly, muddy, single track. Just wow. Congratulations to all the runners!

    Reid Landes

    Little Rock, AR

  4. Stack

    Ran in the 40 miler @ Uwharrie and that course really is no joke (even 'just' 20 miles of it)! More than a few people who are seasoned marathon & ultra trail running veterans say that just the 20 mile course runs slower than their marathon times (with the same fitness level) so you know how legit Woods & Bryant's times are!

    Would love to win some trail shoes!


    Charlotte, NC

  5. Brent

    Ran this weekend in my 3rd consecutive Uwharrie 20-miler, and — despite some less-than-stellar fitness — pulled off my 3rd top 10 finish! This is pretty much my favorite event of the year, and I'm glad to see it get some publicity here on iRunFar. Thanks a bunch to Jason and Kim @ Bull City Running for once again putting on a great race!

    Brent W.

    Durham, NC

  6. Glenn Steckler

    Would love a shot at the La Sportiva Crosslite 2.0, just coming back from injury/surgury and it is sloppy out there. Could use some sure footing.

    Glenn Steckler

    Telluride, CO

  7. Brandon


    Uwharrie awards have always been locally handmade pottery. I've ran the race the past two previous years (the 40) and it is a tough one. Huge congrats to my good friend Mike for winning this year's 40!!! Everyone should be watching out for Mr. Scott Williams in a few weeks at the Mt Mitchell Challenge as well. I'm probably not the only one thinking that last year's record of 4:52 is in danger if Scott doesn't have to worry about any nasty weather.

  8. Mike

    Ran the 40 miler, had an awesome time, it was crazy seeing Ryan, Patrick and Jason (plus many other 20 milers) pass me so fast ~15 miles in. Wore my NB 110's, traction was great, felt fine through the creek crossings, just wanted a bit more cushion after 35 miles of roots and rocks. So cool getting pottery for a finisher's award, it's the best way to enjoy some flat Mt. Dew!

    Pretty sure I know where David got off trail, a false creek crossing where my running companion nearly got lost too, easy to see why he'd go that way, shame it cost him the win


    Charlotte, NC

  9. Chris

    Chris Stevenson
    St George Utah.
    Love Sportiva's climbing shoes, wanna see if your running shoes are equally as impressive….help me out!

  10. David

    David Pattie, Ashburn, VA

    BTW, just got the Skylite 2.0's so the Crosslite's would add the perfect 1-2 punch.

    Don't worry Brian, if I win the grand prize in August I can still think of three other La Sportiva models to add to my quiver (Vertical K, Cross Country, Crossover GTX).


  11. Jon Allen

    Put me in the entry for the shoes. But also put me as highly recommending this race- more technical than I expected, great aid stations, supportive and friendly runners. It is definitely more enjoyable once you decide to splash through the mud and streams rather than picking your way around them. I'm just glad I was in the 40 mile race so I didn't have to be competing against those crazy speed guys at the front of the 20!

  12. the other "geof

    Crystal Lake, IL… Horror Film Central…

    Thanks for the continued coverage as always! I WILL NOT be making the mistake of having "Notify me of followup comments via e-mail" this time. YIKES! Accidentally had it for the recent NB offering and oh my!

    Much love Bryon – Keep up the great work. Any and all news is appreciated.

    – Geoff.

  13. Erik Ammon

    Erik Ammon, Fleetwood, PA

    Thanks for having coverage of so many great races!! I wish I was healthy enough to race in The Ugly Mudder- it's right near me! And I love my Crosslites, too!

  14. Cheryl

    Just finished my first 100 mile trail race in super muddy conditions at Rocky Raccoon! Love your website and definitely need to practice some better mud strategies!

    Cheryl Tulkoff

    Austin, TX

  15. JP Buysschaert

    Calgary, AB


    Ran in a pair of LaSportiva's for most of last year – so much that they need replacing soon though. Love them.

  16. Martha Marcucci

    Third time running the Uwharrie 20 miler. Love this race! The stream crossings were much more manageable this year, only one was to my knee. The uphills were challenging but that just made the downhill so much more thrilling! Can't wait until next year!

    Martha Marcucci

    Boston, MA

  17. K. M. Kerner

    Great as always Bryon! They don't call it mud season for nothing up here. Thanks for everything, I'm sure I'm not the only uber-geek who now has yet another dream run added to their list!

    Kevin (Vermont Resident, not a Vermonter)
    Plainfield, VT

  18. Bert Kelly

    First timer at Uwharrie this year. 40 miles was much tougher than I thought it would be but the added challenge just made the experience that much better!

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