Tom Morton has finished numerous 100-milers, but he notched a 120-mile finish in Canada; Jesse Kropelnicki had a breakout debut at the 100K distance in Oregon; Paul Rohde was speedy at altitude in Colorado; and Quang Le earned his first 100-mile finish while racing in South Dakota.
We also have updates on a pair of former Massachusetts residents who turned in big performances in their new states – Colton Gale and Charles Hornbaker.
It all kicks off the first of two roundups this week as we catch up on a busy weekend of racing.
Fat Dog 120
Chalk up another successful completion of a grueling ultramarathon for Tom Morton.
Morton, 40, took part in the seventh running of the Fat Dog 120 on Aug. 11-13 in Manning Park, B.C., and the resident of Chicopee, Mass., finished 70th overall in 43:32:01.
The 120-mile point-to-point course passes through British Columbia’s Cathedral Provincial Park, E.C. Manning Provincial Park and Skagit Valley Provincial Park, as well as the Cascades Recreational Area and tests runners with numerous grueling climbs totaling more than 28,000 feet.
Jeff Hashimoto, 46, of Ellensburg, Wash., won in 26:55:01 – the third-fastest time in race history. The women’s champion, 29-year-old Yitka Winn of Seattle, Wash., placed eighth overall in 31:40:13 – the third-fastest time ever by a female on the course.
Of the 160 starters, 105 finished within the 48-hour time limit.
Fat Dog is the longest race on Morton’s list of finishes, joining other events such as the Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc, the Eastern States 100, the Virgil Crest 100, the Wasatch Front 100, the Bighorn 100, and two finishes at the Vermont 100.
A year ago, Colton Gale made a splash on the West Coast when the resident of Beverly, Mass., delivered a ninth-place finish at the Waldo 100K in Oakridge, Ore.
Now an Oregon resident, Gale trains and races out West while living in the outdoor paradise of Bend, and the 26-year-old has gotten plenty faster. Gale returned to the Waldo 100K on Saturday, Aug. 19, and he delivered a dandy of a performance on the singletrack loop course. Gale hammered the course in 10:01:05 and tied for the victory with 30-year-old Duke Wasteney of La Grande, Ore.
While Gale no longer represents Massachusetts, the Bay State was represented by 38-year-old Jesse Kropelnicki of Scituate – and he had a mighty impressive performance. Kropelnicki finished 13th overall in 11:18:55, six minutes away from a top-10 finish but well ahead of the majority of the field. Of the 129 starters, 107 finished within 19 hours.
Silverton Alpine 50K
Despite living less than 100 feet above sea level, Paul Rohde of Cambridge, Mass., held his own just fine at a high-altitude race when he took part in the ninth annual Silverton Alpine 50K on Saturday, Aug. 19, in Silverton, Colo.
Rohde, 28, was the seventh-place male finisher and the 11th finisher overall at the race in a time of 5:52:30. The course took runners as high as nearly 13,000 feet above sea level while amassing more than 4,000 total feet of vertical gain.
Thirty-seven runners finished the race within 8 1/2 hours, led by 26-year-old Ethan Linck of Seattle, Wash., whose winning time of 4:27:48 edged runner-up Whitner Chase, 25, of Durango, Colo., but less than three minutes. A former Massachusetts resident who recently moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., 35-year-old Charles Hornbaker, finished fourth overall in 5:19:17.
Quang Le earned his first 100-mile finish Aug. 19-20 at the 13th annual Lean Horse 100-miler in Custer, S.D.
Le covered the out-and-back course on the Mickelson Trail Rails-to-Trails System in 25:49:38 and finished 18th overall.
Fifty-one runners completed the race within the 30-hour time limit. Cory Logsdon, 29, of Omaha, Neb., led the way with a dominant victory in 16:44:53. Evan Semrud, 28, of Minneapolis, Minn., was a distant second in 19:15:15.
Lean Horse also offered a 50-mile race, and a pair of Massachusetts ladies were among the 52 finishers. Springfield resident Melissa Zimmerman, 34, finished 25th overall and was the 10th-place female in 12:12:21. Jamaica Plain resident Nancy Robinson, 43, finished in 13:42:16.
*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.