• Midpackers on a section of the course.
  • Eventual winner Jim Walmsley flying on the singletrack ...

  • ... and striding into the finish.

  • The winner after his finish
  • Matt Flaherty (eventual 6th place) leads Tim Freriks
  • In his first trail ultra, Freriks came in second
  • Walmsley and Freriks, training partners and the top two finishers
  • Third-place Mario Mendoza
  • Women's winner YiOu Wang charging hard ...

  • ... and leading another runner on one of Sonoma's doubletrack climbs.
  • YiOu Wang feels the joy as she cruises into a first-place finish

  • Kaci Lickteig leads Caitlin Smith and Julia Stamps Mellon ...
  • ... and finishes a strong second.
  • Third-place Anna Mae Flynn
  • A glimpse of the lake
  • Matt Flaherty enjoying the singletrack
  • Fourth-place finisher Camille Herron, showing the marks of the muddy course
  • "Speedgoat" Karl Meltzer hikes a hill; the 48-year-old finished eighth
  • Emily Harrison among the trees
  • Jesse Haynes trudging uphill
  • Anita Ortiz flying on the flats
  • The view opens up
  • Sixth-place Julia Stamps Mellon
  • Paul Terranova in the distance
  • Zach Bitter (10th place) feeling the burn
  • Falling in line on the singlerack.

26 Photos of Scenery and Suffering at the Lake Sonoma 50

Images from the competitive 50-mile race

Mahting Putelis April 18th, 2016

On Saturday, April 9, some of the best trail runners in the country showed up for the Lake Sonoma 50 Mile. With a fairly fast course and the season’s last chance to earn entry into the Western States 100, the front-of-the-pack competition was fierce.

Photographer Mahting Putelis captured many of the top competitors in action, against Sonoma’s backdrop of rolling hills and vibrant greenery. Some are smiling, some are suffering—an apt portrayal of the range of emotions experienced when pushing yourself for 50 miles.

—Paul Cuno-Booth


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Heather McNie

Are these photos from another year because they don’t show the same finishers as the film???