Close Competition at the Jemez Mountain Trail Races - Page 2
In the 50K, Boulder, Colorado’s Jason Schlarb took top honors in a course-record 4:28:30, though Geist noted the course had been altered from past years due to wildfires. “Although the new course had less elevation gain than the original course, the overall impression of multi-time finishers was that the new course was as hard as the original,” he says.
Flagstaff’s Eric Bohn took second in 5:20:53 and Jacob Lawrence of Albuquerque was third in 5:31:35.
In the women’s 50K, Santa Fe, New Mexico’s Katie Arnold won in 5:50:59, almost 24 minutes ahead of Durango, Colorado’s Missy Gosney, who was second in 6:14:54. Missoula, Montana’s Meaghan Brown was close behind in 6:19:28, good for third.
The 50-mile race provided thrilling finishes on both the men’s and women’s sides. Denver’s Patrick Garcia won in 9:04:01, barely ahead of Albuquerque’s Jason Taylor, who clocked a 9:05:34. Jeremy Duncan of Carbondale, Colorado, was third in 9:25:48. On the women’s side, Diana Finkel of South Fork, Colorado, won in 9:29:29, followed closely by Erica Baron, of Los Alamos, who ran her debut 50-mile race in 9:29:17.
Full results can be found here (eventually).
Maratón Alpina Zegama-Aizkorri (Skyrunner regular series)
Kilian Jornet shook off last weekend’s third-place finish at Transvulcania, where he was suffering from heat stroke, running 3:56:06 to win the Maratón Alpina Zegama-Aizkorri Sunday in the Basque country of his native Spain. Jornet’s time in this first race in the International Skyrunning Federation’s 2012 Skyrunner World Series was 22 minutes ahead of last year’s winning time but fell just under two minutes short of the course record, set by Robb Jebb in 2005.
“For me, running in Zegama is like coming home,” Jornet says. “This is the fifth time I’ve won and perhaps victory is not so important to me as it was the first time I won here. … Giving less importance to winning allows you to enjoy the races more.”
“The trail running season has just started,” he continues. “These results help you to feel more confident but you have to continue working on this confidence every day as the level is very high and the athletes are very strong.”
Reigning Skyrunner World Series champion Luis Hernando, also of Spain, finished second in 4:00:42, and running a 4:06:05, Tom Owens of Scotland overtook American Max King, who ran with Jornet and Hernando in the race’s early stages (King faded to 15th in 4:24:32).