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Sept. 4 Roundup: Arritola 3rd, Glenn Randall 9th at World Mountain Running Champs

— The World Mountain Running Championships took place over the weekend in Ponte di Legno, Italy, and featured several former and current U.S. cross-country skiers. In her second mountain-running race, former U.S. Ski Team member Morgan Arritola led the American women with a bronze medal, finishing 51 seconds behind winner Andrea Mayr of Austria and 29 seconds after Valentina Belotti of Italy in second place.

“It was really hard; this is my second mountain running race ever,” Arritola said to Alberto Stretti after the race (video here). “[The course] was tough, but it was beautiful.”

Asked if she was pleased with her result, Arritola said, “You always want to win; you have to go into every race wanting to win, but I’m happy. I did all I could and today that was bronze.”

Antonella Confortola, Italian World Cup-skier-turned-marathon specialist, was 17th.

Former Bridger Ski Foundation skier Glenn Randall was the top American in the senior men’s race in ninth. He finished 4:14 behind the winner from Eritrea, Petro Mamo, and described the race in detail on his blog.

“I sprinted down the hill as fast as my legs could take me, around a corner and to the finish,” Randall wrote. “I had out kicked somebody [Eritrean Atoy Estifanos] for the first time in my life.”

Seventeen-year-old Cal Deline, who skis for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, ran in the junior men’s division (under-19) of the championships and finished 25th out of 71 runners — the second American across the line.



Kris Freeman (USA) won an interval-start 10 k skate at New Zealand’s Snow Farm on Monday against the Canadian men. Six men competed in total; Devon Kershaw (CAN) finished second (+29.4), Ivan Babikov (CAN) was third (+30.7), Alex Harvey (CAN) finished fourth (+46.1), Noah Hoffman (USA) was fifth (+1:42.5) and Lenny Valjas (CAN) sixth (+4:34.9).



— Labor Day weekend saw plenty of racing action stateside, too. In Park City, Utah, U.S. Ski Team athletes Billy Demong, Bryan Fletcher (nordic combined) and Liz Stephen (cross country) ran the Labor Day Funky 5 k.

Taylor Fletcher and Todd Lodwick raced in the Steamboat Stage Race, a three-day road bike event in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Lodwick finished third overall in the men’s Category 3 division and won the stage 3 criterium on Monday.

“It was a lot of fun,” Lodwick told Steamboat Today. “It’s good offseason training for us, and winning never gets old.”

Fletcher, a Cat-2, finished 14th in the overall men’s Pro-1-2 standings.

Stage and overall results


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