Geoff Roes presented Alaska to ultrarunning and its value for endurance training with his dominance of the sport. Now other “unknowns” are making the long trip down to the lower 48 to serve notice that Roes is not alone.
Cedar Bourgeois leading the Mt. Marathon Race, which she's won seven times. Photo: Marc Lester
At the 29th running of the Quad Dipsea in Mill Valley, CA Alaskan Cedar Bourgeois, dabbling in her first ultra-distance event, took the women’s win by nailing a sub five hour time of 4:59:18. Kim Holak from Minnesota ran a strong race for second with Luanne Park of Redding, CA showing how it’s done when you’re 51 years old, charging in for third.
Matias Saari, also part of the hit squad from Alaska, made a strong showing in the men’s event, running in second place for over half the race before speedy and consistent Gary Gellin overtook him for good with eight miles to go. Of course, by this time, Leor Pantilat was closing in on one of the best runs of his young life and far out of reach of any other contenders. Leor decimated his own winning time from last year by six minutes, dropping the course record, set by Erik Skaggs, in the process by over three minutes with a time of 3:48:58. When one considers the 9,276 feet of climb shoe horned into this event’s distance, his performance is staggering.
"Leor was absolutely flying." Leor Pantilat equalling the coast's beauty with his dominance of the Quad Dipsea. Photo: Joel Lanz
In an email from Gary Gellin, he describes his race for Inside Trail:
Leor was absolutely flying. He got to Stinson Beach in 53 minutes which would be a very good time for a single Dipsea. I had a good day and ran a tactical race to finish 2nd in 4:10. In 3rd place was Matias Saari from Anchorage, Alaska. He is down here for the NF50 with his girlfriend Christy and another woman [Cedar Bourgeois] who won the women’s race today! Matias took off after Leor from the gun. I thought for certain he had no idea who Leor was. I slowly reeled in Matias on lap 2, catching him finally at the Mill Valley turnaround. We ran together to Cardiac with Matias pulling away a little bit on some of the climbs while I kept the effort steady. I was finally able to drop Matias on the descent to Stinson Beach and gained a solid minute. On the 4th leg I had some problems with adductor muscle cramping, but was able to increase the gap to 2:45 at the finish. 4th was Van McCarty – a very good result from him. 5th was Jonathan Kimura, and 6th was Victor Ballesteros.
1. Leor Pantilat, 27, San Carlos, CA, 3:48:58 (new course record by 3:18)
2. Gary Gellin, 43, Menlo Park, CA, 4:10:05
3. Matias Saari, 41, Anchorage, AK, 4:12:45
4. Van McCarty, 41, San Luis Obispo, CA, 4:16:24
5. Jonathan Kimura, 31, Cupertino, CA, 4:20:02
1. Cedar Bourgeois, 35, Seward, AK, 4:59:18
2. Kimberly Holak, 42, Duluth, MN, 5:06:29
3. Luanne Park, 51, Redding, CA, 5:10:04
4. Amy Burton, 38, San Jose, CA, 5:12:59
5. Jennifer Pfeifer, 40, El Dorado, CA, 5:19:00
A familiar view for Leor's competitors (though perhaps not so close). Photo: Joel Lanz