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Basalt’s Megan Lund finished second, and teammate Brandi Erholtz of Bailey topped the field to lead the U.S. women to a resounding victory in July 9’s seventh North American Central American Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championships in Canmore, Alberta.

American women captured three of the top four spots; Christine Lundy was fourth, behind Canada’s Emily Solsberg. Only the top two runners on each squad counted toward the team tally.

Joseph Gray picked up a convincing win – besting his closest competitor by 30 seconds – in the men’s race for the U.S. men, who wound up second to Canada. The host country swooped in for the win on the final ascent, when Adrian Lambert passed the U.S.’s Brandon Lord about 100 meters before the finish to capture third place. Lambert’s teammate Ivan Babikov took second.

The course, which was moved from the Nakiska Ski Resort to the Canmore Nordic Centre because of grizzly bear activity, covered 7.5 km., with 600 meters of ascent and 130 meters of descent.

Lund, Erholtz, Gray and seven others will represent the U.S. in September’s world championships in Slovenia.

The Mount Sopris Run-Off is returning to the Roaring Fork Valley on July 24.

Runners have two course options for this year’s Run-Off: a 14-mile jaunt from Emma Schoolhouse into Sopris Park or a four-mile run from Prince Creek Road into Sopris Park.

The 14-miler begins at 7:30 a.m. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m.

The four-miler, a fast, downhill race, gets underway at 7:45 a.m. At 7:15 a.m., a bus will transport riders from Sopris Park to the start on Prince Creek Road.

The first 75 entrants receive a T-shirt. Racers can register at Independence Run and Hike in Carbondale, or at http://www.active.com. Sign-up forms can be picked up at Treadz in Glenwood Springs or at Ute Mountaineer in Aspen. For more information, call Independence Run and Hike at 704-0909.

The Run-Off, a Carbondale Mountain Fair staple, turns 32 this year.

Aspen/Snowmass recently added a new bike series, Downhill Fridays, to the summer schedule. The five-week series in Snowmass will run from July 16 through Aug. 13.

The intermediate downhill course starts at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola, follows the Snowmass Way trail and ends in Base Village. Participants will compete in men’s open, women’s open and junior (16 and under) divisions.

Races will start at 6 p.m., with the last gondola ride up at 5:45 p.m. The course for each week will be set one day prior to competition, and it will be open for practice runs the day of the race. Those interested can sign up at the Snowmass Gondola Ticket Office and can pay either a fee of $25 per race, or $100 for the series. Registration includes gondola access and a bike-haul fee for the day of the race.

A prize purse of $500 will be up for grabs each week – $100 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third in the men’s and women’s open divisions, and $50 for first, $25 for second and $15 for third for juniors.

Four-Mountain Sports in Base Village will have bikes available for rent at a 20 percent discount for racers. For more information, visit http://www.aspensnowmass.com.

Silt will be hosting the Colorado Mini Classic junior bike race July 17-18.

Roughly 75 junior aged racers and families will be traveling from all over Colorado to participate in the event. Details about race start times and course locations can be found at http://www.americancycling.org. Click on “special events.”

Part of race schedule will be a free local race in Silt for kids 7 and under on Saturday, July 17. Race registration starts at 10 a.m. and the race with the race at 11 a.m. The race will be held in the Painted Pasture subdivision on the east end of Silt.

For more information, call Bill at 309-1514.

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