Autumn on the Trails
Catch some last-minute races as the 2012 Trail Runner Trophy Series presented by GOR-TEX nears an end
Crisp mornings, shorter days, changing leaves and the final weeks of the 2012 Trail Runner Trophy Series presented by GORE-TEX mark the signs of autumn trail running.
In the women’s Ultra Division, Abi Moore, 32, of Fernie, British Columbia, hasn’t finished below first-place female all season long, allowing her to move to an impressive third-place overall (as of results tallied by September 13). In both Trophy Series races Moore completed this year—Sinister 7 in July (her first ultramarathon) and Iron Legs 50 Mile in August—not only did she finish as the first female, but she also crossed the line in the top 10 overall.
“Sinister 7 was my first ultra so I was unbelievably nervous yet incredibly excited. It's close to my hometown of Fernie so had a lot of amazing support throughout the race, including from my husband, Mike, who was running it for his second year,” says Moore. “Perhaps going in with blind excitement worked in my favor, too, as I was purely aiming to make it to the end before cut off.”
At the same time, Jeremy Bradford, 35, of Denver, Colorado, is holding strong to first place in the men’s Ultra Division after completing five races and holding onto over 1000 points, double that of Glen Redpath, 47, of New York, New York, who is currently in second place. Most recently, Bradford completed a crossing of the Prince Edward Island.
In the Non-Ultra Division, Kelly Rupoli, 48, of Guelph, Ontario, moved into the lead of the 40-to-49-year-old age group after a strong performance at the Muskoka, Ontario’s the Limberlost Challenge 28K.