It’s still May (only just) and time enough to
squeeze in Rockhoppin’ Trail’s Trail Hero of the Month for May. This month it’s
someone who’s still at the fresher end of her running career, who’s getting
faster with every race she wins, and who has many exciting years ahead likely
to be filled with front-of-the-pack experiences.
My personal reason for choosing this international
trail runner is that she’s a personal friend, so I’m biased J But that said, she’s top of her game – this
past weekend cementing her 2013 Skyrunner® World Series Champion achievement by winning the Zegama-Aizkorri 42km
Skymarathon® in Spain.
|Stevie winning the Zegama-Aizkorri Skymarathon 2014|
Stevie Kremer burst onto the international trail
running podium at the Sierre-Zinal Skymarathon® in July 2012, when she finished
in 2nd place. From there it was only up for Stevie, with a win at
the Jungfrau Marathon a month later, crowning her the World Long Distance
Mountain Running Champion 2012.
Highlights of 2013 showed consistent wins and a
host of new records – 1st at Limone Extreme Skyrace® in Italy
(course record); 1st at Goldenleaf Halfmarathon in Aspen, Colorado
(course record); 1st at Breck Crest Marathon, Colorado (course
record); 1st at Pikes Peak Marathon, Colorado (US Trail Marathon
Championship); 1st at Hout Bay Trail Challenge, South Africa (course
record); 1st at Mont Blanc Marathon, France (course record); 1st
at Hermannslauf, Germany (course record). She was also awarded the World Sky Series® Champion 2013.
|2013 World Sky Series® champs Kilian Jornet and Stevie Kremer|
Stevie, 30, hails from Crested Butte in Colorado,
USA where she spends her summer running, her winter ski mountaineering, and the
rest of her time (!) teaching second grade at the Crested Butte Community
Here’s a short interview I had with Stevie
yesterday, after hearing she is Rockhoppin’ Trail’s Trail Hero of the Month:
LD: In the past year,
your racing success has continued and you’ve notched several wins. How do you
feel about it? Which
have been your most exciting races and/or wins over the past year, and why?
SK: I have had an incredibly
fun and exciting year of travelling and racing, meeting people and running up
new mountains. I have been extremely lucky to have had these opportunities
and hope I am able to get more of these opportunities. I would have to say my two most exciting
races have been 1) the Sierre-Zinal Race in 2012 because it was my first
international race and both my parents were there to support me and
cheer me on. And 2) the Jungfrau Marathon in 2012, not only because it was a World
Championship Race, but also because my dad was there at the finish when I had a
completely unexpected win!
|In 2013 Stevie was the first American to win the Jungfrau Marathon|
LD: Having seen you run, I know
that ascents are your major strength. What training tips do you have for becoming a stronger uphill runner?
SK: I do love running uphill, but am becoming
more accustomed and comfortable with the downhills, I must say :-) I think my best tips for running uphill would be to keep your head down but to look ahead to see what's coming. I also try to use my arms to pump if I feel my legs getting tired. Some advice I was given, and that I really need to start following, is to do ab workouts, because strong abs can help you pump uphill!
LD: What does the rest of 2014
racing calendar look like?
SK: I will be participating in many of the Skyrunning®
World Series races including the Mont Blanc Marathon, Sierre-Zinal, and the
Limone Sky Race®. I may try to squeeze in some other skyrunning races if
possible and of course, jump into some local US and Colorado races when I can,
as I love local races.
LD: Do you have any long term
running goals / dreams?
SK: One day (or rather over the course of a few
days), I would love to be able to run and race and possibly set some sort of
record in a popular race in every one of the seven continents in the world.
|Stevie at the World Vertical Skiing champs 2013|
LD: I know you’re a strong
winter skier too. Does skiing play a big role in your leg strength for trail
SK: I definitely think ski mountaineering,
especially the uphill, is a great complement to mountain running in the
LD: You spent 2013 in Italy in a teaching post, and you’re now
back home in Colorado. What is your preference, the US or Europe, and why?
SK: Yes, I am back in Crested Butte, happily
teaching and starting to run on the trails that are thawing out J I am
very happy to be back in Colorado, but would not be opposed to moving back to
Europe at some point in my life. Both places have such wonderful aspects to
them, including the mountains and the people, but something about Europe that I
miss is the variety of cultures there are and how many different languages are
spoken at any given race. No matter where I end up, I know I will be happy!
LD: A quick comment on your Cape
Town (Hout Bay) experience in 2013, just for your fans here in South Africa J
|Stevie in the Salomon Concept Store in Cape Town|
SK: There're just not enough good things to be said about the Hout Bay Trail Challenge, and about Cape Town! From the time I arrived I felt so welcomed by everyone, and even though I was terrified about the thought of navigating my way on an unmarked route, my fears soon vanished when so many people offered to help me. Throughout the race everyone was so encouraging and supportive, I don't even know how to thank everyone! It was a beautiful race, despite the rain, and I would love to go back sometime to race the Hout Bay Trail Challenge again!
Labels: Breck Crest, Crested Butte, Goldenleaf, Hermannslauf, Hout Bay Trail Challenge, Jungfrau Marathon, Limone Extreme, Mont Blanc Marathon, Pikes Peak, skyrunner, Skyrunning, Zegama-Aizkorri