Though Inside Trail’s passion lies with off-road competition and adventure, we cannot overlook outstanding performances in our cousin sport, road racing. First, congratulations to Lizzy Hawker in her jaw-dropping run at the 2011 Commonwealth Mountain and Ultra Distance Running Championships 24 hour race in Llandudno (North Wales). Just four weeks after winning the grueling UTMB, Lizzy covered 246.4 km (just over 153 miles) in the 24 hours, breaking the 18 year old world record held by Germany’s Sigrid Lomsky by three kilometers. Of course, we must also tip our trail hats to Patrick Makau (Kenya) for setting the new marathon world record with his 2:03:38 run in Berlin, beating Haile Gebrselassie’s record by 21 seconds. Also racing in Berlin, Haile must have instinctively sensed that Makau was having a special day because after Makau made his move, Haile backed off, bent over, then resumed running and finished.
Here in the US, the Bear 100 trail race continues to evolve into one of the classic hard-nose races on the 100 mile calendar. An exciting race from the start saw a group of eight pull away on the initial 4,000+ ft climb to the first aid station in just over two hours. As contenders dropped away from the steady Nick Pedatella, Ben Lewis and Gary Gellin, who seemed to focus more on tactical racing than pure speed with each of them also getting lost at times. In fact, near the end of the race, Pedatella ran off course, allowing Ben Lewis to take the lead. Pedatella recovered the correct course and the lead, winning in 20:55. Lewis came in shortly thereafter in 21:18, and Kelly Lance put in a breakout performance and a study of perfect pacing to take third in 21:29. Remarkably, both Lewis and Lance had never run a 100 miler previous to Bear.
For the women’s race, Nikki Kimball dominated from the start en route to a substantial new course record in 22:19. Jane Larkindale, in her first 100 miler since her 2010 San Diego 100 win, came in fresh and obviously well-trained to take 2nd in 23:25 and Ellen Parker rounded out the top three with a solid 23:53, also earning the Wolverine Club sub 24 hour buckle. Full results here.
The UROC (Ultra Race Of Champions) took place this weekend and though many elites were not in attendance, it didn’t stop the ones there from having an exciting race. Huge congratulations to Geoff Roes and Ragan Petrie on their wins.
- Geoff Roes – 8:58:04
- Michael Wardian – 9:20:01
- Matt Flaherty – 9:22:42
- Ragan Petrie – 10:11:05
- Devon Crosby-Helms – 10:25:50
- Anne Riddle Lundblad – 11:01:44
The noticeably low-key, at least in terms of exposure, USATF 50k National Trail Championships took place Saturday in Bend, Oregon with recently crowned World Trail Champion Max King taking the men’s title by a comfortable margin in 3:27. In a more tightly contested race, Stephanie Howe took the women’s national title in 4:19. Both King and Howe live in Bend, OR.
On the East Coast Mike Morton braved the 90 degree heat index in North Carolina to win at the Hinson Lake 24 hour event. The final mileage and results are not posted yet but another competitor, Brett Welborn, had this to say,
“Mike was at 156+ miles but was still moving well with 1 hour left…I would estimate he had sped back up and was doing 8 minute miles. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him at 163-164 miles when the final results are posted…within just a few miles of the American Record (which are typically chased on flat pavement with much fewer runners in the way, and in better temperatures).
His first 25 miles was ~2h58m. He hit 50 miles ~6h15m. He went through 100 miles ~13h10m.”
Welborn goes on in reference to Ultra Performance of the Year,
“A lot of people have been talking about Ian Sharman’s 12h44m Rocky Raccoon 100 as Ultrarunning’s performance of the year. But I think after this weekend some folks should take a look at Mike. It was 40F warmer at Hinson Lake. So yea, his 100 was ~20-25 minutes slower, but then he ran ANOTHER 63-64 miles in < 11 hours ON TOP OF THAT. AND it was on a 1.5 mile loop trail, so he had to contend with constantly passing 250+ other runners.”
And finally, check out Go Trail Magazine’s October issue, released today. Inside Trail has a monthly column beginning this month. The magazine is top notch with terrific articles and stunning photos. Hope you enjoy it!