Close Competition at the Jemez Mountain Trail Races - Page 4
Dirty Dog 15K
Photo by Don Parks of iplayoutside.com
Robert Smith of Huntington, West Virgnia, won the Dirty Dog 15K in West Virginia’s Kanawha State Forest in a time of 1:08 Saturday. While Smith, the 2011 runner up, held a commanding lead for much of the race, there was a battle behind him: Charleston, West Virginia’s Brandon Merritt passed Zach Beckett and Clay Warner late in the race to claim second in 1:09:54.4. Warner claimed third in 1:10.
In the women’s race, Maria Dalzot, of Morgantown, West Virginia, broke the course record by over eight minutes in 1:13:02.3—good for sixth overall.
“It will be a long time before that record is challenged,” says race director Daniel Todd of Dalzot's new record.
Second behind Dalzot was Bethany Williams, who finished 31st overall in 1:23:42.9.
Runners at Dirty Dog are allowed to race with dogs, and “Top Dog” is a coveted prize. Warner ran the race with his German Shorthair Pointer, Macy, who claimed this honor for the second straight year.
Todd noted that, though the Kanawha valley had no rain for several days before the race, it was characteristically muddy.
Check out full results here.