Gerbin tenth at World Trail Championships in Spain

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Gerbin_-Kaytlyn-cropped_smaller.jpegOn Saturday (12-May) on a grueling 88 km (55 mile) 
point-to-point course along the Penyagolosa trail system in Castell√≥n, Spain, Pacific Northwest members Kaytlyn Gerbin, Yvonne Naughton, and Olin Berger all competed in the IAU World Trail Running Championships.
Gerbin, 29, of Issaquah and Berger, 33 of Seattle represented Team USA while Naughton, 40, of La Conner represented Ireland.
350 athletes from 50 countries competed in the championships that were conducted over a course that started at sea level in Castellón and ran to the finish in Sant Joan (elevation 4600 feet). Along the way they endured over 16,000 feet of total climbing.
Naughton_Yvonne_cropped.jpgIn the women’s race, Gerbin ran to a 10th place finish to help Team USA to a third place team finish and Naughton finished 83rd.  Gerbin stopped the clock at 10 hours 39 minutes 40 seconds (10:39:40) as the second scoring member from Team USA.  Clare Gallagher (Colorado) finished just over 3 minutes ahead of Gerbin to place eighth. The final team scorerwas Sabrina Little (Texas) in 12th place running 10:45:27.   The team’s final cumulative time was 32:01:44.  Spain won with a time of 31:05:29 and France was second in 31:37:33.  The third place team finish for the American’s earned the first medal of any type for U.S. women at a Trail World Championship.  Naughton, who just started her competitive career in 2013, stopped the clock at 13:23:12.

In Kaytlyn's words
Racing here as part of a team was such an amazing experience. I had the pleasure of running with each woman on the team at some point during the race – everyone has their own strengths, and we definitely used that to help pull one another along. I’m proud of what all of us did out on the trails!
In Yvonne's words
This was my first time racing in Europe and actually my first time in Spain. The experience was absolutely amazing. While the Irish team may have been small it was full of heart! Everyone competed with fierce pride and passion. The trails were stunning and challenging and certainly fitting for a World Championship event. I’ll never forget the excitement of racing through the steep streets of the small mountain towns to the screams of the local people who chanted “Vamos, vamos, vamos!”

In the men's race, Berger helped Team USA to a fourth place finish as he placed 37th and was the team’s third, and final, scorer.  

He started the race conservatively, which set him up for an impressive final 20 miles that saw him pass 22 runners late in the race. His places at the official check points were: 8.5 km (85th), 22 km (74th), 32 km (68th), 52 km (59th), 63 km (51st) and 80 km (42nd).  His time was 9:50:32.

In Olin's words 
I’m proud to be part of a team that had not only some remarkable performances, but also one in which every member crossed the finish line. I think we did a great job representing the strength of U.S. ultra-running. 

The next year's world championships are scheduled for June 8, 2019 in Miranda do Corvo, Portugal.

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