Woods and Bryant Win Uwharrie Mountain Run

This 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

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 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
If 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

Bryon Powell: is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar.com. Having spent nearly 20 years as an ultrarunner and three decades as a trail runner, he's also written Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and co-wrote Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running. He calls Silverton, Colorado and Moab, Utah home.

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  • Jeff Faulkner

    Beaver Dams, NY

    I really could have used the Crosslite 2.0 last year at Virgil Crest. It was a mud fest...

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  • Keith Gibson
    Holly Springs, NC

    Ran in the 8-miler at Uwharrie this weekend. Great event!

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  • Trevor Woods

    Austin, TX

    Just ran Rocky Raccoon 50 and it was a muddy beast, would have rocked the crosslites for sure!

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  • 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

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  • Eddy Compagno Zoan.

    El Segundo, California

    I would love a pair of those.

    Thanks!

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • Fantastic shoes!

    Great work as always Bryon.

    -Zak, Portland, ME

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  • 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!

    Andrew

    Charlotte, NC

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  • Great shoe, way better than the first version.

    Davide Grazielli

    Genova, Italy

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