Course Records Tumble at Moab’s Red Hot - Page 2
In past years, the primarily-slickrock course has seen significant levels of snow and ice—but not this year. An unseasonably warm, albeit overcast, Saturday last weekend in Moab, Utah, set the stage for a number of competitors to run strong races.
After spending the previous days hauling around water and race supplies, setting the course and managing only a few hours’ sleep, Moab’s Red Hot co-race-director Justin Ricks, 34, of Colorado Springs, broke his own 2013 course record by just over a minute. He finished in 2:07:54, nearly a minute ahead of second-place finisher Jordan McDougal, 26, of Linden, Virginia. Jared Scott, 31, of Dolores, Colorado, cruised in shortly after for third in 2:12:31.
From left: Podium finishers Jared McDougal, Jared Scott and Justin Ricks with their Red Hot race awards. Photo courtesy Everett Russell/La Sportiva.
On the women’s front, Mountain Cup regular Megan Kimmel, 33, of Silverton, Colorado, led from beginning to end. She lopped nearly 12 minutes off her 2013 time, taking the win with ease in 2:30:48. Maria Dalzot, 25, of Bellingham, Washington (author of our popular Ask the Dietitian column) took second place in 2:35:16, with Brandy Erholtz, 36, of Evergreen, Colorado, just behind her. All three women broke the previous course record, Anna Pichrtova’s time of 2:37:02, which had stood since 2008.
From left: Podium finishers Brandy Erholtz (with new baby in tow), Megan Kimmel and Maria Dalzot with their Red Hot race awards. Photo courtesy Everett Russell/La Sportiva.
For some, the event was a joyful re-entry into the trail-running and racing circuit after significant time off. For Geoff Roes, 37, of Boulder, Colorado, it was his first (non-snowy) trail race in over two years, due to injury. According to his blog, Roes’ takeaway from the weekend is that while he’s not quite ready to race competitively again just yet, he considers Moab’s Red Hot “one of the best events I’ve ever been a part of.”
Part of the appeal of the race is its fun, laid-back atmosphere. At the post-race party in Moab on Saturday evening, runners enjoyed beer, food and a presentation by Jenn Shelton, 30, of Durango, Colorado, on her three years of attempting to set the Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the John Muir Trail.
The following morning, Moab’s Red Hot branded trucker hats and tees (included in every runner’s goodie bag) were seen all over Arches National Park, decking out runners keen on soaking up a little more of Moab’s desert sunshine before heading home.
A shake-out run in nearby Arches National Park. Photo by Yitka Winn.
The next La Sportiva Mountain Cup race is the Hillbilly Half Marathon on March 8, 2014.