Mondays are for fresh starts, and This Week In Running. We’re back with the usual mix of racing from all over the USA. We also preview a pair of Ultra-Trail World Tour events– the Madeira Island Ultra-Trail and Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji–for the coming weekend.Hyner Trail Challenge – Hyner, Pennsylvania Thanks to Julbo for sponsoring this edition of TWIR!
The Quaker State’s favorite son came home. Zach Miller won the 25k Hyner Trail Challenge in 2:06. That is four minutes better than David Roche‘s 2014 course record. 2017 and 2016 winner Matt Lipsey was second in 2:12, and Eric Marshall was third in 2:16.
Wesley Atkinson won the 50k race in 4:41.
This one was close, real close. Carole Dudukovich ran 2:50, and Meira Minard ran 2:50, too. The frontrunners were 16 seconds apart. Minard had previously won here in 2017, 2013, and 2012. Johanna Ohm was third in 2:56.
Katie Hails won the women’s 50k in 5:13.
Friend of the family Chris Wristen was out and about and shared the below words:
Runners at the Trail Animals Running Club Spring Classic have grown accustomed to running in damp, chilly conditions in recent years. The 2018 edition of the race offered a new twist–sunny skies and temperatures in the 50’s Fahrenheit. It was perfect racing conditions by Spring Classic standards, and runners capitalized with strong performances on the...
Zach Miller writes about the communities of support in trail and ultrarunning.
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Eighteen years ago, Krissy Moehl ran atop a ridge in the Chuckanut Mountains. As she danced along the trail, high above the coastline near Bellingham, Washington, distant sounds of clapping and exalted voices traveled up from the valley far below. A track runner for many years before, Moehl immediately recognized the sounds as applause from a track meet at a school down the hill. Moehl was 22 years old and racing her first ultra at the Chuckanut 50k. In that moment, she had something like an epiphany.
“I still remember feeling that, this is my place, this is where I’m supposed to be, these are the people that I’m with…. And to find that at 22 years old? I feel very thankful that I found it so young.”Krissy Moehl. Photo: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks
In many ways, Moehl was in the right place at the right time. She was working at a running store in Seattle with Scott McCoubrey, Scott Jurek, and other big-time ultrarunners. She was rather easily convinced to run Chuckanut for the first time in 2000 and running far is all that she’s known since. Her days of running track...
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In 2017, my approach to racing was to determine my priorities and stick with them. Contending for the top 10 at UTMB was my ultimate goal. As stepping stones toward that, I raced two courses with a significant amount of elevation gain and loss, the Georgia Death Race (GDR) in the U.S. and Lavaredo Ultra Trail in Italy. After winning my first race, GDR, my focus was tested after gaining an automatic entry into the Western States 100 (WS100) with GDR a part of the Altra Golden Ticket Series.
Internally, I knew my heart was not into going back to the redundant training cycle that I had been in for this race for so many consecutive years. I felt like a hamster on a wheel, everything constant and predictable. I craved change. It was a decision that I put a lot of thought into and with ultimate respect for the race, and for the value of a slot, I declined the entry. I received criticism from others, but for me it was exciting to see another woman experience the WS100 for her first time.
Fast forward to 2018, and I was again standing at the start line at GDR. But this year was different. The desire and passion to return to the WS100 had returned. Having not gained entry via the lottery back in December, I was nervous. It was straightforward; either I...
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It was the coldest part of the morning as Lori headed down toward the Beaver Mountain Lodge aid station during The Bear 100 Mile last fall. With temperatures hovering in the teens and low twenties Fahrenheit, you have to be quick or the warmth of the building will keep you inside, and so she forged on, 75-plus miles in. After a quick descent, the trail climbs steadily for 1,600 feet, one of the final few punches that come at Bear runners in the last 20 miles of the race. As the trail flattened out before the last push to the Beaver Creek summit and she tried to switch to a run, Lori realized that she wasn’t just breathing hard from the climb, she was struggling to breathe at all.
Thinking it might be compounded by dehydration, she consciously took in more fluids and thought about another runner she had met 30 miles earlier who ended his race at mile 50 due to asthma-like symptoms that had “come out of nowhere.” What was going on? Lori had previously been tested for asthma and exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, or tightening of the smooth muscles of the airways, without conclusive results. She is also an experienced ultrarunner who had never had this type of wheezing constriction before. She was smart, she didn’t panic (although that might just be ultra brain), and she limited her running to...
This week’s highlights include the year’s final Western States 100 Golden Ticket race–the Lake Sonoma 50 Mile–and the Ultra-Trail World Tour’s latest–the Marathon des Sables stage race. Adding to that though, we have tons of results from across the USA. It’s Monday, let’s get newsy.Lake Sonoma 50 Mile – Healdsburg, California
Did you miss the Lake Sonoma 50 Mile and need to catch up? No worries, iRunFar was there and delivered a whole bunch of coverage. Early last week there was a race preview, and then pre-race interviews, of course there were in-race Twitter reports, and then the usual post-race report and interviews. Whew! Deeper coverage takes the results 10 deep.
Up, up, and away, Keely Henninger is rising fast. She caught attention in March with a win at the Chuckanut 50k against a strong field, and then here won in dominant, start-to-finish fashion. Henninger ran 7:13, coming within five minutes of Stephanie Violett‘s 2015 course best. Henninger’s time ranks second-fastest ever here. She did however turn down her Golden Ticket entry to the Western States 100 in lieu of racing the Lavaredo Ultra Trail in Italy that same weekend in June.
Taylor Nowlin and Camelia Mayfield were second and third and did accept their Golden Tickets. The two chasers were just over a minute apart with 7:44 and 7:45 finish times.
On a warm, sunny April day at the 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile, Jim Walmsley (post-race interview) and Keely Henninger (pre-race and post-race interviews) went off the front from go, set their own paces, and in the process of winning, absolutely dominated their respective fields. In addition to the win, Jim took home a new course record, bettering his own 2016 course best by more than nine minutes. And Keely, though running for and ultimately missing the women’s course record, continues her 2018 winning streak and upward trajectory in trail ultrarunning. As the final race in the Altra Golden Ticket Series where entries can be earned into the Western States 100, two men and two women took home Golden Tickets, too, and added some extra spice to the day’s events.
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He already had a Western States entry and the Lake Sonoma course record before the...
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Jim Walmsley had nothing to lose and everything to gain out of going big and winning the 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile, and that’s exactly what he did. In this interview, Jim talks about how this year’s race played out differently from his 2016 Lake Sonoma effort, his comfort level with pushing hard in shorter-distance ultras, and how he plans to spend the next couple months building up to his third shot at the Western States 100.
For more on how the race played out, read our 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile results article.Jim Walmsley, 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile Champion, Interview Transcript
iRunFar: Meghan Hicks of iRunFar and I’m with Jim Walmsley. He’s the champion of the 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile. Not only the champion, but the new course record holder. Again.
Jim Walmsley: Yeah, it was a good day.
Walmsley: It was a really good day for the group, so that’s probably what makes it most special. Last time it was special because Tim Frerikswas in second. This year, we did it again with Jared Hazenand I think Eric Senseman, of our group, had the race of the day. He asked after the race if I thought he was going to get a golden ticket and I said, “I literally didn’t.”
iRunFar: You told...
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To put it frankly, Keely Henninger made winning the 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile look easy. In this interview, Keely talks about what it was like racing out front of the field all day, how she tried to keep the effort moderate and comfortable from start to finish, how she went for the course record but was forced to ease off the gas late race when the temperatures rose, and where else she plans to race in 2018.
For more on how the race played out, read our 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile results article.Keely Henninger, 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile Champion, Interview Transcript
iRunFar: Meghan Hicks of iRunFar, and I’m with Keely Henninger. She’s the 2018 Lake Sonoma Champion. How does that feel? Congratulations!
Keely Henninger: Thank you. It feels pretty good. It was a fun day out there. I’m happy with it.
iRunFar: Did you literally have fun?
Henninger: I literally had fun. Yeah, I’d say aside from eight miles toward the end when it was pretty hot, I was kind of laughing to myself and whooping and really happy the whole day. It was such a beautiful course and a lot of cool people to run with. The out-and-back was really fun, because I love cheering everyone else on. All in all, I...
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In taking second place at the 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile, Jared Hazen showed that he’s back! In this interview, Jared talks about his two major injuries in 2017 and the recovery process, what his healthy build-up to fitness looked like, how his ultimate goal at Sonoma was to earn a Golden Ticket into the Western States 100, and how the race played out from his perspective.
For more on how the race played out, read our 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile results article.Jared Hazen Post-2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile Interview Transcript
iRunFar: Meghan Hicks of iRunFar and I’m with Jared Hazen. He’s the second-place finisher at the 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile. Hey, congratulations!
Jared Hazen: Thank you. I had a great race.
iRunFar: We were just talking. It’s been a while since I’ve seen you. Maybe the finish line of Western States a couple of years ago.
Hazen: Yeah, it has been a while. That’s getting on three years now. A lot has changed.
iRunFar: I did catch a glimpse of you here last year, but the race didn’t go so well for you last year. It was amidst a year of injury, right?
Hazen: Yeah. I kind of came into this with just a little bit of pain on the right side of my groin. That, combined with...
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Taylor Nowlin had a breakout race in taking second at the 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile. In our first interview with Taylor, find out her history with running and about who she is outside of the sport, what it was like competing successfully on Lake Sonoma’s big stage, how she managed nutrition issues in the race’s second half, and where we might see her race next.
For more on how the race played out, read our 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile results article.Taylor Nowlin Post-2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile Interview Transcript
iRunFar: Meghan Hicks of iRunFar, and I’m with Taylor Nowlin. She’s finished second at the 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile. Hey, congratulations!
Taylor Nowlin: Thank you so much!
iRunFar: You had a heck of a race.
Nowlin: Yeah, it was a wild ride. I’m so sore now. I feel like everything on my body hurts. I just started walking semi-normally getting out of that restaurant.
iRunFar: I just met you at a pizza place where you’d had some pizza and beer, so things are looking okay.
Nowlin: Yeah, things are looking up.
iRunFar: This is iRunFar’s first interview with you, and to be honest, I googled you last week. So who’s Taylor?
Nowlin: Well, I’m from Edgewater, Colorado, and I’m about to move to...
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Mario Mendoza said he wanted to podium at the 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile and that’s exactly what he did in taking third for the second time at this race. In the following interview, Mario talks about how the first through third men shook out early in the race, what it was like to race solo almost all race, and what he learned that he’s going to apply to his preparations for racing the Western States 100 in June.
For more on how the race played out, read our 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile results article.Mario Mendoza Post-2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile Interview Transcript
iRunFar: Meghan Hicks of iRunFar and I’m with Mario Mendoza. He’s the third-place finisher of the 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile. Hey, congratulations!
Mario Mendoza: Thank you, thank you.
iRunFar: How are you feeling?
Mendoza: I’m beat [laughs]. I’m excited though. I really wanted to get on the podium and I’m happy with the result.
iRunFar: This is not an unfamiliar finishing place for you. You’ve been third place at Lake Sonoma before.
Mendoza: Yeah, 2/2.
iRunFar: How did it feel?
Mendoza: Today, it felt a little easier, through to about 40 miles, than last time. Then, I think those last 10 miles were harder. That last part was harder. Maybe it’s because I didn’t have Dylan Bowmanchasing me down...
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Camelia Mayfield continued her rise up ultrarunning’s ranks with her third-place finish at the Lake Sonoma 50 Mile. In our first interview with Camelia, she talks about her history with running, how she’s been around ultrarunning her entire life, and what’s in store for her next.
For more on how the race played out, read our 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile results article.Camelia Mayfield Post-2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile Interview Transcript
iRunFar: Bryon Powell of iRunFar here with Camelia Mayfield after her third-place finish at the 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile. How are you doing?
Camelia Mayfield: I’m good. I’m no longer hot, so that’s a good benefit.
iRunFar: You’re wearing a jacket—a beautiful one at that. How about that for a finisher’s jacket? That’s pretty awesome.
Mayfield: Yeah, it’s a huge benefit.
iRunFar: It was a nice, cool morning, but it didn’t stay that way. When did it start getting really hot for you?
Mayfield: Correct. I’d say probably around the halfway point. That’s when it started heating up quite a bit.
iRunFar: You came down from Oregon?
Mayfield: Yeah, actually I’m from Central Oregon, so Thursday there was snow flurries in town, so going from that to 75 degree and sunny day is pretty hard.
iRunFar: April races are like that, especially 50...
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Eric Senseman took fourth at the 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile to earn an Altra Golden Ticket into this year’s Western States 100. In this bonus interview, Eric talks about how his race went, if there are any downsides to training with other fast runners, and what approach he’ll take at Western States in June.
For more on how the race played out, read our 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile results article.Eric Senseman Post-2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile Interview Transcript
Full transcript coming soon.
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This weekend, Keely Henninger returns to the Lake Sonoma 50 Mile after three years away and she returns as a much different runner. In our first interview with her, Keely talks about how she got into ultrarunning, when she learned to suffer, how that changed her running, and what she thinks about her run at the Chuckanut 50k last month.
Full transcript coming soon.
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Ashley Nordell returns to the Lake Sonoma 50 Mile as the top returning woman from last year’s race. In the following interview, Ashley talks about how she got into ultrarunning, what she gets out of it, and what else she’ll be up to this year.
Full transcript coming soon.
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David Laney is excited enough to race the 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile that he’s pinned his bib number on a day early. In this interview, Dave talks about wanting to earn an Altra Golden Ticket into the Western States 100, where he thinks his early season fitness is following Chuckanut 50k a month ago, and his plans for the rest of 2018.
Full transcript coming soon.
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Eric Senseman is racing the 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile with the hopes of earning an Altra Golden Ticket into the Western States 100. In our first interview with Eric, we talk about his history in trail ultrarunning and what he does for work outside of running, how he is strategically approaching the race, and how he sees the men’s competition playing out.
Full transcript coming soon.
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Mario Mendoza returns to the Lake Sonoma 50 Mile after having placed third at the race two years ago. In the following interview, Mario talks about his earlier inconsistency with longer ultras, what he learned that drastically changed that, and the heartwarming reason he’s back at Lake Sonoma.
Full transcript coming soon.
In July of 2008, 23-year-old New Mexican Kyle Skaggs won the Hardrock 100 in a time of 23:23, becoming the first runner in the storied history of the race to complete the loop through Colorado’s San Juan Mountains in under 24 hours. Along the way he bettered, by over three and a half hours, the clockwise course record held by Karl Meltzer. Ten-time Hardock finisher Scott Jaime, no stranger to the top five at Hardrock, finished in second place that year a full six hours after Skaggs. At the time, it was the most dominating trail-ultramarathon record in the world. It was also the last time Skaggs would run 100-mile race.
Speaking to him earlier this week, he said simply, “Hardrock is basically the only 100 miler I ever really wanted to run.”
This is the story of that once-in-a-lifetime run.
I first met Kyle Skaggs at the 2006 Wasatch Front 100 Mile where he and I were crewing and pacing for friends. As is often the case in such circumstances, we found ourselves in the back of a vehicle together, bounding our way out to one of Wasatch’s remote aid stations. Speaking with Kyle throughout that day, I was profoundly struck by his calm demeanor and wise countenance which belied his age. He was barely 21.
The next year, Kyle would return to Wasatch as a runner...