Ever hear of mountain running?
Turns out that 40-year-old Chris Lundy, who led Penn to the 1990 Heps Cross Country Championship, is among the best in the nation at the exhausting discipline.
On Sunday she finished second, proving to be one of the team’s key scorers, at the NACAC Mountain Running Championships in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico (near Guadalajara). That event is basically a championship event between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
It is the third straight year that Lundy has been among the top three scorers for the U.S. in the event, which was run on a single 8.4-mile loop which has a 3,000-foot elevation change.
The USATF photo above shows the three U.S. scorers — Maria Dalzot, Lundy and Amber Moran.
To learn about the different mountain racing disciplines, this is a great resource. A quick explanation:
Courses are designed to eliminate danger. No equipment is needed, no ropes, no compass. Athletes find their challenge in matching their speed against that of other runners.