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Alex Kurt June 26, 2012 TWEET COMMENTS 0

No Record Safe at Western States - Page 2

In the women’s race, Ellie Greenwood of Banff, Alberta, defended her title and demolished Ann Trason’s 18-year-old course record of 17:37:51, in the process becoming the first female ever to run under 17 hours with a 16:47:19. She finished 14th overall and was well ahead of runner-up Rory Bosio of Soda Springs, California, who still ran the fourth-fastest time in Western States history with an 18:08:06, good for second and 21st overall.

“The race  went really well. I had no significant lows,” says Greenwood, who did not keep track of her splits and only heard she was ahead of her pace from last year (when she ran 17:55:29) at the Rucky Chucky river crossing, at mile 79. “Just after Forest Hill [60 miles], I was concerned I might have gone too hard too soon, but by Rucky Chucky I knew I could hold on and despite the fact that my quads were beginning to feel pretty beat I was still moving at a good pace.”

Dave Mackey of Boulder, Colorado, broke the master’s record with a 15:53:56, placing fourth. Nick Clark of Fort Collins, Colorado, finished third for the second consecutive year in 15:44:09. Last year’s runner-up Mike Wolfe of Missoula, Montana, finished 18th among men (19th overall) in 17:50:09 after falling off due to sickness near mile 75.

Aliza Lapierre of Williston, Vermont, finished third among women (23rd overall) in 18:18:29. Krissy Moehl of Boulder, Colorado, finished fourth (26th overall) in 18:29:15 (her 100-mile PR), while Bozeman, Montana’s Nikki Kimball and Scuol, Switzerland’s Lizzy Hawker came in behind her in fifth and sixth (27th and 28th overall), respectively. Kimball finished in 18:31:39 and Hawker clocked an 18:32:20.

Complete results can be found here.
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Black Hills 100 Mile, 100K and 50 Mile

The directors of the Black Hills races, which start in Sturgis, South Dakota, the same day as Western States, bill their 100-mile event as an alternative to the storied, and more exclusive, competition in California. They even mimic Western States' finish, which takes place on a track.

Denver’s Jeremy Bradford won the 100-mile in 20:50:11, surviving a late charge by Edina, Minnesota’s John Horns (who was within 15 minutes with 17 miles to go) to win by nearly 35 minutes. Horns finished second in 21:25:46. Naoki Ouchi of Azumino City, Japan, finished third in 21:52:09.

All three times were faster than Adam Schwartz-Lowe’s course record 23:01:42, set at the inaugural race, though the course had been adjusted this year and was shorter as a result.

Olga Varlamova-King of Austin, Texas, was the first woman in the 100-mile, crossing the line in 26:11:43. Andrea Risi finished second in 27:08:49 and Chicago’s Beth Simpson-Hall finished third in 30:27:08.

Complete results, as well as results from the 100K and 50-mile can be found (when available) here.



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