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2012 Trail Runner Trophy Series Wrap Up

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Our annual Trail Runner Trophy Series has drawn to a close … the results are in!


October marked the close of the 2012 Trail Runner Trophy Series presented by GORE-TEX. Series races spanned the United States and Canada, and winners hailed from as far apart as Alberta and Pennsylvania. With 138 off-road races to choose from, runners could rack up points by tackling distances from three miles to over a 100.

Steve Baber, 54, of Indianapolis, Indiana, the Non-Ultra 50-plus age-group champ, enjoyed the far-flung nature of the Series. “I think the best part of my Trophy Series experience was picking out the races and planning the trips,” says Baber. “Many of the races were in remote areas and the anticipation of seeing new race sites and trails was exciting.”

Meira Minard, 39, of State College, Pennsylvania, the 30-to-39-year-old Non-Ultra age-group champ, is a former road runner. She “turned trail” a couple of years ago, and says, “There was no going back to pounding the pavement. Trail running is an experience, not a ‘workout’—and I love the fact that no two steps are the same!”

Minard also thanked the race directors and trail caretakers for “maintaining the hundreds of miles of trails that make every run a new adventure,” a sentiment all of us trail runners echo.

Non-Ultra Age-Group winners and Ultra overall winners receive prize packages that include products from all our Trophy Series Sponsors, and the Trail Fiend and Mile Mogul winners are recipients of the Grand Prize—a multi-day fully supported trail adventure along Oregon’s Rogue River, provided by Orange Torpedo Trips.

And now to the scoreboard!

2012 Trail Runner Trophy Series Final Results

Non-Ultra Division


50+      Steve Baber, 54, Indianapolis, IN, 290.3 points

40-49   Daniel Campbell, 46, Mount Gilead, OH, 350.1 points

30-39   Mike Tickner, 39, Kitchener, ON, 158 points

20-29   Blake Davenport, 25, Murpheysboro, IL, 49.1 points

10-19   James Ryan, 19, Wilkes-barre, PA, 55.8 points



50+     Wanda Ferguson, 50, Mississauga, ON, 159.8 points

40-49   Kelly Rupoli, 48, Guelph, ON, 48.4 points

30-39   Meira Minard, 39, State College, PA, 154.5 points

20-29   Michelle Herman, 21, Bellefonte, PA, 33.1 points

10-19   Felicia Peacock, 16, Cogan Station, PA, 96.5 points


Ultra Division


Jeremy Bradford, Denver, 7 races, 438.92 miles (some non-ultra), 1159.6 points

Glen Redpath, New York, NY, 46, 4 races, 297.03 miles, 1,038.1 points

Oleg Tabelev, 46, Calgary, AB, 617 points, 3 races, 191.8 miles, 617 points



Lisa Van Wolde, 38, Innisfil, ON, 6 races, 366.78 miles, 1020 points

Beiyi Zheng, 48, Broomfield, CO, 11 races, 582.3 miles (some non ultra), 744.8 points

Melanie Peters, 29, White Lake MI, 5 races, 189.6 miles, 708.8 points

Mile Moguls

Daniel Wilson, 54, Broomfield, CO, 470.3 miles

Beiyi Zheng, 48, Broomfield, CO, 582.30 miles

Trail Fiends

Daniel Campbell, 47, Mt. Gilead, OH, 23 Races

Renee Obert, 46, Howell, MI, 16 Races