Auburn, CA – October 3, 2016- The 2016 Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) 100K, held in Auburn California, once again attracted one of the deepest elite fields in the sport with 21 seeded elite runners, while continuing its traditions of remaining open to all runners. The UROC 100K was established six years ago to celebrate the sport by creating an event attracting the best in the sport competing for a $21,500 cash purse. It also offers a 50K and 25K option.
The race, established in 2011 at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia, moved to Vail, Colorado for two years (2013 and 2014) and now to Auburn, California for 2015 and 2016. The Auburn course, with over 11,000 feet of elevation gain, is challenging but does not favor one particular skill and allows runners to fairly measure themselves against each other. The UROC top podium consists of the top five men and five women. Cody Reed (9:00:16) and Camille Herron (9:36:05) took the Champions titles: in the men’s race, Brett Horning (9:30:26), Charlie Ware (9:46:43), Mario Macias (10:08:56) and Andrew Catalano (10:32:44) took second through fifth; in the women’s race, the second through fifth awards went to Sally McRae (11:09:23), Kerrie Wlad (11:39:44), Caroline McKay (13:31:19), Nedis Della Chiesa (14:19:22). Runners of all backgrounds and nationalities crossed the finish line, with the last finisher- Linda Somera-Moore- in 19:40:55. Countries represented included Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, France, Great Britain, Honduras, Canada, Guatemala, Brazil, Dominican Republic and The Russian Federation.
About the race, Camille Herron, the 2015 100 kilometers World Champion and the UROC 2016 Women’s Champion, says: “It was magical for me racing my first trail 100K and becoming part of history! I had goosebumps being out there and becoming one with the elements. I very much appreciated the support by all the volunteers out there as well, especially when things got rough for me after 51 miles. It was amazing to spring back to life and get going again. It was the best feeling finally making it to the finish. I appreciate the all-day journey of ultrarunning and persevering through the highs and lows”.
More information on the event can be found at www.ultraroc.com or on social media on Facebook and Twitter (@UROCUltraRace). The race committee is currently discussing several options for the 2017 event: the 2017 date and location will be announced on November 1st. For more information, please contact Dr. Francesca Conte at (434) 218-0402 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Ultra Race of Champions
The mission of the Ultra Race of Champions is to create the Championship for the sport of ultra distance running. Elite runners are invited based on the recommendation of the Ultra Race of Champions Elite Advisory Council and their performances at key events in the sport all over the world. The UROC Elite Advisory Council includes some of the best ultra runners from around the World: Geoff Roes, Dave Mackey, Michael Wardian, Devon Yanko, Ian Sharman and Anna Frost. Best of the Best, One Course, One Day. For more information, visit www.ultraroc.com or find it on social media on Facebook at “Ultra Race of Champions” or on Twitter #UROCUltraRace, #BeAChampion.
About Bad to the Bone Sports
By directing premiere road and trail events all over the United States, Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports strives to motivate runners of all backgrounds to challenge themselves. For over 13 years, Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports events have reflected owners James Russell Gill III and Dr. Francesca Conte decades-long knowledge and passion for running. www.badtothebone.biz