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Coloradoan to compete in WMRA International Youth Cup

On the trails near his home in Colorado
On the trails near his home in Colorado
Charlie and JoAnne Moore

Cameron Moore, a 17-year-old from Edwards, Colorado, will arrive in Italy on June 26, to compete in the WMRA International Youth Cup which will be held in Arco, on Sunday, June 29.

This growing international mountain running event is designed for athletes ages 16 or 17 in the year of competition, and will welcome a record 17 countries to the start line this year. This is the first time USA will be represented among the entries.

The junior boys will run a 4.7-kilometer course over terrain with both ascents and descents. The start and finish will be in Piazzale Segantini – the historical center of Arco. The junior girls’ course is just under four kilometers.

Moore just completed his junior year at Battle Mountain High School where he participated in track for two seasons and cross country for three seasons under the direction of Head Track and Cross Country Coach Robert Parish. Additionally, Moore was captain of the school’s Nordic ski team for which he competed in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Most of Moore’s racing is done at elevations above 5,000 feet. He set his 5K personal best of 16:45 at the 4A Region 6 Cross Country Championships in October 2013. For 3200 meters, Moore posted his best time of 10:28 in March 2014. In April 2014, he raced to his 1600 meter personal best of 4:52:06. He has competed in trail races in and around Eagle County to include the Vail Mountain La Sportiva Trail Running series events.

Asked to describe Moore’s strengths, Parish said, “Cameron is a mountain goat on uphill trail runs. His aerobic engine is strong and powerful, and he is an endurance super horse. His best workouts are always long threshold/fartlek-type workouts where he can hold the line of aerobic vs. anaerobic levels for an extended period of time. Although it used to be his weakness, he has worked hard at improving his speed, and now can turn it over a bit as well.”

Says reigning World Junior Mountain Running Champion Mandy Ortiz, a teammate of Moore’s until 2013 when she graduated (Ortiz now attends the University of Colorado in Boulder), “He is a fast, strong and hardworking runner. He has experience running trail races, so he is used to running in challenging hilly races.

“The main thing that impresses me about Cameron is the extreme effort that he puts into his races. He doesn’t give up; he puts everything that he has into his race, not only for himself but also for his team.”

After reviewing the course profile and map online, Parish was asked where Moore would excel. “The uphill will be where he really shines on the Italian course,” said Parish. “The steeper and unrelenting the better for Cam. He is light on his feet and a steam engine on the uphills.”

Moore has received his official team uniform from USA Track & Field and, according to his parents Charlie and JoAnn, “Cameron will be wearing it with pride.”

Moore will be one of two athletes to represent the United States in the competition. Trevor Siniscalchi, who just completed his junior year at Westview High School in San Diego, California, will be Moore’s teammate in Italy. Siniscalchi will be profiled in a subsequent article.

For more information on the U.S. Mountain Running program, visit this link.