UROC Draws Top Field To Mountain-Top Resort for Annual Championship

The inaugural Trail Runner Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) will start and finish at Wintergreen Resort, near Charlottesville, VA, drawing an elite athlete contingent best described as the who’s who of ultrarunning talent.
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August 22, 2011, Carbondale, CO, and Charlottesville, VA— The inaugural Trail Runner Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) will start and finish at Wintergreen Resort, near Charlottesville, Virginia on September 24, 2011. This 11,000-acre, four-season resort nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains will host an elite athlete contingent best described as the who's who of ultrarunning talent. World class athletes competing for a share of the $10,000 UROC prize purse include:

â—†Geoff Roes: Western States 100 record holder and two time Ultra Runner of the Year.
❖Dave Mackey: Current USATF 100K trail champion.
â—†Karl Meltzer: More 100 mile wins than anyone on earth, currently 29.
❖Michael Wardian: Medalist for the USA in the 50K and 100K World Championships.
â—†Ian Sharman: Silver Medalist at Comrades and Winner of 2011 Rocky Raccoon.
❖Dave James: 2011 USATF 100 Mile Trail National Champion.
â—†Eric Crossman: Wins: 3x GEER 100K, Miwok 100k (2009), record at Hellgate 100K.
❖Andy Jones-Wilkins: Three Vermont 100 wins and 2nd place Western States 100 (2005).
â—†Devon Crosby-Helms: Current USATF 50 Mile and 100K National Champion.
❖Joelle Vaught: 2009 100K National Champion.
â—†Anita Ortiz: Winner of the 2009 Western States 100.
❖Anne Riddle-Lundblad: USATF national champion (9x), member U.S. 100k Team (6x).
â—†Duncan Callahan: Two time winner of the Leadville 100 Mile Endurance Run.
❖Andi Felton: Women's Winner of the 2011 Zane Grey 50.
â—†Chris Reed: Second 2010 finishes: Grindstone 100, MMT 100, MMTR 50, Hellgate 100K.
❖Sabrina Moran: Winner of the Umstead 100.
â—†Jason Bryant: Competed in the 2011 IAU Trail World Championship.
❖Andrew Henshaw: Fifth place at the ING Miami Marathon.
â—†Jonathan Allen: Winner of the Sweet H2O 50K.
❖Michael Owen: Winner of the Frozen Sasquatch 50K.
â—†Jordan Whitlock: Winner of the 3 Big South Cross Country Championship.
❖Scott Gall: Winner: 2011 Ice Age 50K and 2011 Barr Trail Mtn
â—†Matt Flaherty: Marathon PR of 2:26
❖Jake Reed: Winner of the 2010 Promise Land 50K.
â—†Jeremy Pade: 2011 MMT 100 Solo Division Winner.
❖Troy Shellhauer: Wins: Lookout Mountain 50M 1st; Louisville Lovin' the Hills 50K.
â—†Todd Faulker: First place at the 2010 Run Woodstock 100K and 2n at the 2009 Huff 50K.
❖Matt Wilson: 8:51 at the White River 50M
â—†Michael Oliva: 2:35 Marathon PR.
❖Eric Buckley: Winner of the Long Course Orienteering Championship.
â—†Alison Bryant: Winner of the 2006 Outer Banks Marathon.
❖Regan Petri: Winner 2011 The North Face Endurance Challenge (Washington DC).
â—†Brad Hinton: Winner of the 2011 Bel Monte 50K

Race organizers J. Russell Gill and Francesca Conte, founders of Charlottesville Running Company and Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports will host an elite athlete panel “Q & A” on Friday night before UROC where elite athletes can share their secrets and answer questions. They (in conjunction with the UROC board) continue to invite and confirm new athletes every day so for updates and the most current roster, go to www.ultraroc.com and click on “Meet the Champions” under the elite athlete tab for competitor pics and bios.

Elite competitor Eric Crossman has this to say of the event: “UROC looks like a mix of just the right ingredients: runners from across the continent and across the Atlantic competing on both fast and brutally tough terrain. Virginia is the fitting epicenter of an ultra throw-down.”

UROC will start and finish at beautiful Wintergreen Resort in Virginia. The course will consist of a combination of single track trails, gravel/jeep roads and the paved Blue Ridge Parkway, and feature nearly 13,000 feet of vertical gain. “At 4000 feet above sea level, Wintergreen Resort's mountaintop location is perfect,” says race director Russell Gill. “The Trail Runner UROC Race Committee is thrilled about the venue as it will provide convenient access for spectators and media.”

"We are excited to host the first annual Trail Runner UROC,” says Dana E. Quillen, VP of Sales and Marketing at Wintergreen Resort. “We believe the athletes will enjoy the resort's offerings, surroundings and easy access to the Blue Ridge Mountains.” Wintergreen Resort offers comfortable mountaintop lodging, a resort spa, several restaurants and miles of trails, making it an ideal location, not only to race, but to vacation in the Shenandoah.

Trail Runner Editor, Michael Benge echoes this sentiment: "Between a top-level field, great first-year prize money and a fantastic course, the Trail Runner UROC promises to be an exciting event. And the Wintergreen Resort facilities and setting make the race an appealing option for recreational runners looking for trail-running vacation."

While the spotlight is on elite competitors, UROC is open to all runners, fulfilling Gill and Conte's vision: “To bring together the best ultrarunners around the world as well as runners of all abilities for an 100K ultrarunning championship.” Runners preferring a shorter distance that day can choose to run UROC's sister races: Uber Rock 50K or the Cruxy Half Marathon.

About UROC
The goal of Trail Runner UROC is to gather a deep elite field of ultrarunners and runners of all abilities for a championship-style event. Elite runners are invited based on the recommendations of a Trail Runner UROC advisory panel based on their performances at select ultra races around the world.

Companies interested in sponsoring the inaugural Trail Runner UROC, please email J. Russell Gill at rungillrun@comcast.net or Cynthia Bruggeman at cbruggeman@bigstonepub.com

About Trail Runner magazine
As the leading publication for one of North America's fastest growing sports, Trail Runner features in-depth editorial and compelling photography that informs, entertains and inspires readers of all ages and abilities to enjoy the outdoors and improve their health and fitness through trail running. www.trailrunnmag.com

About Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports
By directing premiere trail- and road-running events in the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia, Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports strives to motivate runners of all backgrounds to challenge themselves. For almost 10 years, Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports events have reflected owners Gill and Francesca's decades-long knowledge and passion for running. www.badtothebone.biz

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