A trio of 100-milers – including a tough new one in the Rocky Mountains – lead a long list of races in this week’s roundup as runners traveled to Colorado, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Minnesota to tackle the trails at ultra distances.
High Lonesome 100
It might not be Hardrock, but Colorado’s newest 100-miler – the High Lonesome 100 – is mighty tough. The inaugural race began Friday, July 28, in Salida, Colo., and took runners through the Sawatch Range in the Rocky Mountains. They climbed more than 24,000 feet during the course of the race and topped out at elevations of more than 13,000 feet above sea level.
Robert Froehlich of Bedford, Mass., was one of the runners who successfully completed the first-year race. Froehlich, 38, was one of 73 runners to start the race and just 53 to finish within 36 hours. He earned a spot in the top half of the field by finishing 23rd overall in 31:49:11.
Only two runners completed the race in less than 26 hours – 23-year-old Anthony Lee of Vancouver, Wash., and 39-year-old Mike Wolfe of Bozeman, Mont. Lee and Wolfe battled for the win, but Lee pulled away for the victory in 23:29:05. Wolfe was second in 23:57:25.
The tough new race was just the latest 100-miler for Froelich, whose notable finishes include Eastern States in Pennsylvania, Run Rabbit Run in Colorado, the Tahoe Rim Trail 100 in Utah, Leadville in Colorado, Old Dominion in Virginia, and the Vermont 100.
Viaduct Trail Ultramarathon
A trio of Massachusetts residents made up a quarter of the finisher’s field – and half of the overall top six – at the 11th annual Viaduct Trail 100-miler on Saturday, July 29, in Lanesboro, Pa. The trio of Jeremy Fuller, Lynn Poyant and Kevin Mullen took on a course with terrain atypical from their typical New England technical trails. Instead, their test was four out-and-backs on a rail-to-trail course with minimal elevation change and some small rocks as ankle hazards.
While 49-year-old Philip McCarthy of New York, NY, won the race by nearly 4 1/2 hours – his winning time was 17:35:00 – the Bay State trio also handled the course efficiently. Fuller, 35, of New Bedford, finished third overall in 25:04:00; Poyant, 54, of New Bedford was the first-place female finisher and fourth overall in 25:26:00; and Mullen, 59, of Fairhaven cruised to a sixth-place overall finish in 26:53:00. All were well under the 30-hour time limit.
In addition to the 100-mile race, a 50-mile double out-and-back option was also offered. Lou Martin took on that challenge, and the 57-year-old from Mattapoisett, Mass., delivered a strong showing. He was the seventh-place male finisher and placed ninth overall in 10:15:00, good for a spot in the top third of the field. Twenty-seven runners finished the 50-miler within 20 hours, led by 41-year-old Brad Hinton of Berryville, Va., in 7:16:00.
Burning River 100
Kristin Scott’s 100-mile debut went mighty well July 29-30 at the Burning River 100 in Ohio.
Scott, 47, of Jamaica Plain, Mass., put together a strong performance on the 102.2-mile point-to-point course through the Cuyahoga River Valley Corridor, and she was in the hunt for the win. Racing on a course with varied terrain, from paved and gravel roads and paths to singletrack trails, Scott blazed to a sub-24-hour finish. She was the second-place female finisher in 21:20:00. The women’s victory went to Nancy Levene of New York, N.Y., in 20:48:01. The third-place female finisher, Melissa Terwilliger of Cleveland, Ohio, finished four minutes after Scott.
Scott’s performance was also good for 16th overall out of 201 finishers. The overall victory went to Matthew Wieczorek of Solon, Ohio, in 16:22:56. Eric Hunziker of Cincinnati, Ohio, was a distant second in 17:09:06.
Lost Turkey 50M
The third annual Lost Turkey Trail Runs 50-miler proved to be a stout challenge for all runners, even with a 15-hour time limit, on Saturday, July 29, in Blue Knob, Pa.
The time limit was barely enough time for most runners to complete the out-and-back course with its approximately 9,000 feet of vertical gain – especially on a course that was back-loaded with climbs. Of the 22 runners who finished the race – led by 31-year-old Jacob Conrad of Wooster, Ohio, in 10:43:45 – only four completed the course in less than 13 hours. One Massachusetts resident was among those who reached the finish line within the time limit. Katie Falkowski, 31, of Hyannis finished in 14:13:40, good for second-place female honors and 14th overall. Women’s champion Nicole Shoenberger, 35, of Erie, Pa., needed 13:42:17 to earn her victory.
Ari Ofsevit has spent the past few years stringing together successful 50K performances, but he upped his distance to 50 miles for the first time when took on the 36th annual Minnesota Voyageur 50 on Saturday, July 29, in Carlton, Minn. The race is one of the oldest trail ultras in the country, and it’s also massively popular – 289 runners finished within the 15-hour time limit this year.
Ofsevit, 33, of Cambridge, Mass., raced strong enough to earn a spot in the top 20 percent of the field on the out-and-back course through Jay Cooke State Park. He finished 48th overall in 9:22:14. The race winner – 37-year-old Neal Collick of Negaunee, Mich. – was the lone sub-seven-hour finisher as he posted a time of 6:56:42.
While the men’s field wasn’t among the fastest in the race’s storied history, the women’s field was highlighted by a course record-setting performance by 37-year-old Ashley Nordell. The resident of Sisters, Ore., smashed the women’s course record by 10 minutes, with her winning time of 7:56:36.
*Editor’s Note: Results are found on a variety of sites, including ultrasignup.com, UltraRunning Magazine, and official race websites. We do the best we can to find as many results as possible to report on and recognize the local ultrarunning community.