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At the Top of His Sport, Joseph Gray is Focused the Next Generation of Black Athletes

With 20 national championships across six disciplines and nine international gold medals, Joseph Gray is the most decorated American mountain runner, by a wide margin.

In the broader discipline of trail running — which includes everything from 100-mile ultramarathons to ultra-steep kilometer races — he’s in the pantheon of the best ever, too, as a four-time world champion and four-time winner at Pikes Peak Ascent, one of the toughest races in the country.

Gray’s specialty of mountain running — a type of trail running at higher elevation, with challenging and technical surfaces, and considerable elevation gain and loss — is still a fairly niche sport. But trail running as a whole is booming.

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