Gray selected as USATF Mountain Runner of the Year for eighth time

Joseph Gray, 33, of Lakewood, Wash. has been selected as the 2017 Male Mountain Runner of the Year by USA Track & Field.  This is the eighth time he has won this award. He previously won in in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
“I’m honored to take home this award for the 8th time in my career, reflected Gray upon learning he had won the award.” “This moment has been a great reminder to me that hard work pays off!”
On June 3, Gray won the the USATF Mountain Running national title in Conway, NH finishing 27 seconds ahead of Patrick Smyth of New Mexico.
The following week he was in Colorado winning the GoPro Mountain Games 10 km Spring Runoff in Vail.  He defeated Sage Canaday by 1 minute 17 seconds for his fourth consecutive victory there.
The following weekend he was back in New Hampshire for the Mt. Washington Road Race where he again faced off against Canaday. And once again, he ran to his fourth consecutive victory; winning by nearly 2 minutes over Canaday.  Only Bob Hodge, with 5 straight wins, has more consecutive wins in the race’s 57 year history.  Gray is now tied with three other runners for the second most number of wins (4); trailing only the record of seven by Hodge.  
A month later, on July 16, Gray set a course record at the Barr Trail Mountain Race in Manitou Springs, Colo.  He ran the 12.6 mile up-and-down course in 1:28:34; breaking Ryan Hafer’s course record of 1:29:05 set in 2010.  He also won the event in 2016.
To close the month of July out, Gray ran to a fourth place finish at the World Mountain Running Championships in Premana, Italy;  leading Team USA to a silver medal finish in the team competition.  This was the tenth time Gray had represented the U.S. at the this world championship.

To cap-off his busy summer mountain running season he returned to 
Manitou Springs to defend his title at the prestigous Pikes Peak Acent on August 19.
In addition to his Mountain running exploits Gray also won  the USATF Trail Half Marathon championships in September in Wisconsin.

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