Joseph Gray (athlete)

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Joseph Gray
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Personal information
NationalityAmerican
Born (1984-01-20) 20 January 1984 (age 35)
Sport
Country United States
SportSnowshoe running
Trail running
Mountain running
Road running
Cross country
ClubClub Northwest

Joseph Gray (born 20 January 1984) is an American world champion runner who competes mostly in trail, mountain and snowshoe races. He won the World Mountain Running Championships in 2016. He is the first Black American to not only make the Team USA World Mountain Running Team, but also the first Black American to win the USA National Mountain Running Championships and the World Mountain Running Championships.

Biography[edit]

Gray's initial inspiration to compete was Simon Gutierrez.[1] Gray has been a 28-time Team USA national team member.[2] He is the only African-American to be part of the U.S. Mountain Running Team at any level.[3] He is a 16-Time USA National Champion [4][5] and was the first ever national champion at the 30k trail distance.[6]

In 2012 he was the co-winner of the XTERRA Trail Run World Championships.[7] In 2018 he became a 4-Time Xterra World Trail Running Champion after winning the Championship 3 years consecutively 2016-2018.


He is the American record holder at the Mount Washington Road Race.[8] In August 2016, Gray won the Pikes Peak Ascent in a time of 2:05, the fastest climb since 1995.[9] The following month, he won the World Mountain Running Championships which were held in Sapareva Banya, Bulgaria.[10] In April 2017, Gray won the RRCA Colorado State Championship 5K Non-Road Race, held in conjunction with the Hams and Hamstrings 5K.[11]

On July 20, 2018, Joseph Gray ran the fastest known time (FKT) up Mount Antero from the bottom of FS road 277 to the top of Mount Antero in 1:23:10.[12] He used a running power meter during the attempt.[13]

Gray has the FKT on the Manitou Incline in Colorado Springs with a time of 17:45 verified with GPS.

Mountain, Ultramarathon, Trail + Road Running + Cross Country World and National Titles [14]
Gold 2009 USA Mountain Running National Champs
Gold 2011 USA 15k Trail Running National Champs
Gold 2012 USA Mountain Running National Champs
Gold 2012 USA 50k Ultramarathon Road Running National Champs
Gold 2013 USA Mountain Running National Champs
Gold 2013 USA 50k Ultramarathon Road Running National Champs
Gold 2013 USA Trail Half Marathon National Champs
Gold 2013 USA Cross Country National Champs (Clubs)
Gold 2014 USA Mountain Running National Champs
Gold 2015 Collegiate Running Assoc 10k Trail Running Champs
Gold 2016 North American Continental Vertical Kilometer Champs
Gold 2016 USA Mountain Running National Champs
Gold 2016 USA 30k Trail Running National Champs
Gold 2017 USA Mountain Running National Champs
Gold 2017 USA Trail Half Marathon National Champs
Gold 2018 North American Snowshoe Running Champs
Gold 2018 USA Mountain Running National Champs
Gold 2018 USA 30k Trail Running National Champs
Gold 2018 USA Trail Half Marathon National Champs


North American Central American and Caribbean Championship Titles & Pan American Championship Titles [1]
Gold 2009 NACAC Mountain Running Champs
Gold 2010 NACAC Mountain Running Champs
Gold 2011 NACAC Mountain Running Champs
Gold 2012 NACAC Mountain Running Champs
Gold 2013 NACAC Mountain Running Champs
Gold 2018 NACAC Mountain Running Champs
Gold 2014 NACAC Cross Country Champs (First Athlete to win NACAC in XC and Mountain Running)
Gold 2018 Pan American Cross Country Championships
Gold 2015 Pan American Games Cross Country Championships (Team Medal)


References[edit]

  1. ^ "6 Questions with Joe Gray - Page 2". Trailrunnermag.com. 2014-09-10. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  2. ^ Mario Fraioli. "Joe Gray Breaks Matt Carpenter's Manitou Incline FKT | Competitor.com". Running.competitor.com. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  3. ^ Mock, Justin (2014-10-10). "Joe Gray is a One-of-a-Kind Mountain Runner | Runner's World". Runnersworld.com. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  4. ^ 07/31/2016 Races (2016-07-31). "Gray, Roche crowned 30km Trail champions". BoulderRunning.com. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  5. ^ August 1, 2016. "This Week In Running: August 1, 2016". Irunfar.com. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  6. ^ July 31, 2016 (2016-07-31). "USATF 30K Trail Championships - Gray and Roche Victorious in Colorado Springs". Coloradorunnermag.com. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  7. ^ "Historic Performances at the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship". Trailrunnermag.com. 2012-12-12. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  8. ^ "Aspen: It's Not Just for Skiing". Trailrunnermag.com. 2015-07-22. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  9. ^ Justin Mock, "This Week In Running: August 22, 2016", iRunFar.com.
  10. ^ Justin Mock, "This Week In Running: September 12, 2016", iRunFar.com.
  11. ^ "Hams and Hamstrings Results April 16, 2017". onlineraceresults.com. 2017-04-16. Retrieved 2017-05-12.
  12. ^ https://fastestknowntime.com/route/mt-antero-co
  13. ^ https://twitter.com/joegeezi/status/1020419347465072640
  14. ^ ".: USA National Teams". '. Retrieved 2019-02-20.

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