Colleen Wilson
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Golden, B.C. was the site of the NACAC – North American, Central American and Carribean – Mountain Running Championships.

The host nation won the women’s team title as Canadians Colleen Wilson, Chantelle Groenewoud and Adrienne Gomes finished 3-4-5. Sunday’s event was Wilson’s first-ever mountain race as she finished the 10.5K mostly off-road course in 42:41.

The course was a fast one, relative to many mountain races, including 5K of pavement or crushed limestone pathways and a second 5K loop of rolling, single track trail or grass. The total elevation gain was less than 400m, according to the World Mountain Running Association.

NACAC Mountain Running Championships top three women – Susana 1st, Megan 2nd, Colleen 3rd

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The top-two runners on each team in the women’s race contributed to each squad’s score. The top-three in the men’s race contributed to the overall team score, with the lowest point total, based on placing, going to the United States.

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Gareth Hadfield was the top Canadian in the men’s race in fourth, clocking 35:42, followed by Allan Brett, a former Ontario university cross-country champion, in sixth. The Canadian men finished third overall in the team standings with Canada’s third team member, Kris Swanson, in a tie for eighth.

NACAC Mountain Running Championships

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The event, run as part of the greater Golden Ultra “Cruise” race, started and finished in downtown Golden.

Mexico swept individual gold with championship performances from Juan Carlos Caiera Casas in the men’s race and Susana Bautista Villegas in the women’s race. NACAC results can be found here. Full results can be found here.

With files from the Canadian Trail and Mountain Running Association.

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