New This Week: Wild Races and Wildfires
The La Sportiva Mountain Cup wraps up; Angeles Crest 100; drought and wildfires affect the trails
Ryan Woods en route to a third place finish at Jupiter Peak and an overall La Sportiva Cup men's title. Photo by Tad Davis
At the races
The fastest engaged couple on the mountain-racing circuit didn’t slow down at this weekend’s Jupiter Peak Steeplechase, a 16-mile jaunt with 3,000 feet of elevation gain in the hills around Park City, Utah. David Roche and Megan Deakins, both of Sunnyvale, California, won their respective contests in course record times—Roche taking first overall, in 1:44:00.2 and Deakins finishing first among women, and ninth overall, in 2:02:58.1.
Jupiter Peak was the final race in the 2014 La Sportiva Mountain Cup, a series of 10 extremely challenging trail races running from February through August.
Though Roche and Deakins won the latest installment, it was a pair of third-place finishes Saturday that secured overall series wins for Ryan Woods of Boone, North Carolina, and Megan Kimmel of Silverton, Colorado. Woods finished in 1:50:10 and Kimmel in 2:05:58 (good for 15th place overall). Complete results can be found here.
Cup participants receive points based on placing at each race, with extra points awarded for top-10 finishes in the series opener (Moab’s Red Hot 33K) and series championship (Jupiter Peak). Only runners’ top five races are scored for the overall standings.
Meanwhile, Ruperto Romero of Downey, California, finally won the Angeles Crest 100-Mile Endurance Run, which runs from Wrightwood to Altadena, California, on the Pacific Crest Trail, in 19:28:01. Romero was second at this race last year and third the year before, as well as second in 2011 and third in 2010. On the women’s side, Pam Smith of Salem, Oregon, won and finished sixth overall in 21:04:18. Smith was over four hours ahead of her nearest competitor.
Complete results (via live tracking) can be found here.