Monthly Archives: April 2007


Zane Grey race report 10

Well, what can I say, that was the hottest ultramarathon I have ever run! The Zane Grey changed directions and turned up the temp’s to test ones self management skills! The course was so technical a hiker couldn’t even get their rythym through the softball size rocks! Kudo’s to anyone who made it through that race, the new direction has 1500 less vertical but seemed more difficult then the other direction? Go figure~ It was a pleasure meeting fellow Speedgoats on the course like Steve Pero, Ryan and his salty buddy Sean, bahaha two scrapes! Did you like the goat roll? Thanks to Dave Hunt and Phil Lowery for the shuttle service~way to go Joan Parker!! My training partner who nailed third place for the women! two scrapes!
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Camp site, twas the night before Zane Grey
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SKAGGS wins ZANE GREY on a hot slow day! 6

PRELIMINARY RESULTS SHOW KYLE SKAGGS ON TOP! Young legs dominate the Zane Grey course as Kyle Skaggs hammers on a tough, hot day in Payson, Arizona. Temperatures were in the 80’s, and abundant sunshine burned all the runners in the infamous “Burn Zone”. Josh Brimhall to no surprise took second with the Rogue Runner (a.k.a. Hal Koerner) rounding out the top 3. Kyle’s time of 8:25 was nowhere near the record set by Dave Mackey in 2003. Brimhall was 30 minutes back at 8:55 and Koerner just missed going under 9 hours at 9:09. Emily Baer took the womens race running a cool 10:33, while Sue Johnston was a distant second at 12-plus hours. Our local hero Scott Mason slipped into 22nd place running 11:50. Check out the race website for further details or give us goats a few days to talk with the leaders to give a real race report from the front.

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WasatchSpeedGoat 50K map in the works 4

MAP DESCRIPTION:  Pdf file coming soon, but here’s a brief overview.  Start at the plaza deck and head downhill to Gad Valley, turn back towards the plaza on the bike singletrack.  Pass the start line and go up the Snowbird Singletrack and up the Cirque traverse, thru the tunnel then to the Peak, where the first aid will be.  Go down Mineral Basin from the Peak and back up Mineral Basin toward Alta at Sugarloaf Pass, (aid #2).  Go down Alta on the Albion side to the base of the Collins lift (aid #3).  Go up Collins Gulch to Sugarloaf Pass again to aid #4.  Down Mineral Basin the same way we came up, and back up Mineral Basin and thru the tunnel again, and then to the peak for aid station #5.  The last descent will take us to Little Cloud Bowl on a rocky singletrack then back up Regulator Johnson to keep you high.  Descend down Peruvian Gulch, down Rothman’s Way.  It depends on distance here.  After we work out our map we will have the numbers for you. About 8000′ of climb all above 8000′.  It starts and ends at the same place…so it’s flat!   Wahsatchspeedgoat

 

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Zane Grey is up for grabs ! 7

ZANE GREY PROMISES TO BE THE MOST COMPETITIVE 50 MILE TO DATE THIS YEAR! Torrence, Koerner, Brimhall, Skaggs, and Krupicka will toe the line for the first ever backwards Zane Grey 50. A record will be set as this course will reverse direction for the first time making it a downhill course. Well, sort of downhill. On probably the rockiest course on earth, these guys will probably round out the top 5 when they make there way to Pine Creek Trail head near Payson, Arizona. We are sure they will fly thru the “Burn Zone” and seek needed shade when the competition heats up around mile 35. Enjoy boys, I’m gonna miss ya! One more crack at Massannutten for me! Can’t wait to see results! Three scrapes for real competition! Wahsatchspeedgoat…baaaahhhh~

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Bull Run 07 2

LEIGH SCHMITT WINS BULL RUN RUN AGAIN! Leigh Schmittand 5 others all went under 7 hours at the Bull Run Run 50 Mile in Virginia this past weekend. Leigh won by a margin of 14 minutes running 6:24 over Glen Redpath and Robbie Olsen. Amy Sproston won a hot women’s race by only 5 minutes running 7:43, Justine
Morrison ran 7:48, and Bethany Patterson in 7:54. The women’s races these days seem to be the most competitive lately. Goats love to see it! Baaahhhh!

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Meltzer-100 mile record at McNaughton Park 19

Mercury Meltzer sets another course record at his first 100 mile win of the year ! Karl ran the 10 loops in 17:40 to improve Eric Clifton’s old record of 18:38. Karl had an hour lead after 7 laps and ran the last three laps with no pressure from the rest of the field. Despite the cold temperatures, sounds like it was a great day at the park. The 150 mile runners were down to 10 of 50 left as they were heading to the final laps, is this the new distance we will see in Ultrarunning?

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Montrail Vitesse at Moosejaw 6

For all you Vitesse fans Moosejaw has a boat load of our favorite trail shoe in stock. The cushion ride is available for the 2007 season. Back orders with Montrail has made it difficult for us trail runners to locate the Vitesse the first part of the season. The mighty Zane Grey is my next race and there is no way I could run that race in any other shoe! Let’s hope the Montrail Vitesse remains with us for a few more seasons! It’s the only trail shoe you can run through the rocks with confidence, with that big toe box and the stabilizer on the outside of the sole, there is no other shoe that performs in the rocks like Vitesse!

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Trail running in the U.S. 4

Trail running has become America’s top 5 recreation sport. In 1998 they recorded 7 million people hitting the trails, in 2005 they recorded 41 million trail runners, wow, what a drastic increase. When Meltzer and I stared running n the early 90’s we would hit the trails and barley see anyone running except legends like Dana Miller and our mentor Rick Gates. Karl and I went running last weekend with Mark Scholl, (our medical support from the Salt Lake Regional Hospital for the Wasatchspeedgoat 50k) I have never seen so many trail runners in my life, there were people from there 20’s up to there 60’s running everywhere. I must have counted over 30 trails runners in a 10 mile run, in fact a the trail intersections is was a social hour, I have never seen anything like it. I knew I discovered my favorite sport of all, good to see America getting fit on the trails.

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Montrail Vitesse 9

WASATCH RUNNING CENTER COMES THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH AND GETS 10 SCRAPES FOR EFFICIENCY! On a random discovery, Glen Gerner at WCR found a pair of 9.5 Montrail Vitesse just in time for the McNaughton Park 100 slated for Saturday. I have been waiting for Vitesse for a long time because of back order issues. These beloved shoes of many should now be in stores as I have finally heard they are being shipped out and will be in stock again soon. Get the SPEEDGOAT DISCOUNT of 10% if you print off this article and coupon then buy them at the WCR in Sandy Utah,
Enjoy the ride, it is now soft again!

Wahsatchspeedgoat…baaahhh!

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Mad City 100k, US Championships 10

CROWTHER WINS ANOTHER BIG ONE! A relatively unknown to most…until Sunmart, Greg Crowther wiped out a stellar field to win the US Championship 100K at Mad City in 7hrs 14min. Scott Jurek put together another solid performance running 7:32. Kevin Setnes rounded out the top 3 and smoked the older boys running 7:50. Julie Udchacon won the womens race and finished 4th overall in 8:09. The next three finishers were women making them the real winners of all! Crowther takes home $2000 making him the richest Ultrarunner on earth with the exception of Yannis Kouros, the WGUR. Looks like Crowther is in the running for Ultrarunner of the Year…Meltzer better get moving! Congrats to all! 3 scrapes! baaahhhhhh!

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SpeedGoat Senior at the young age of 70 2

Happy Birthday to my Dad who turned 70 years young! I didn’t start running until I was 33 which I thought was late , he started at 65, wow! Right after retirement my Dad suffered a life threatening deal at 63 which he fought off with his inner strength and desire to live. During his recovery he trained with vengeance and started lifting weights and running like Forest Gump. Two years later he was visiting me from back east and we went for a trail run, sure enough he was fit as could be. He was running up Park City Resort like he owned it , I was thrilled about his incredible recovery and thanks to my sweet Mother !!

The next day I was at the Park City Trail Marathon registration to visit some friends, the race wasn’t sold out and I asked myself, my Dad can do this if he let’s me pace him. I went ahead and signed us both up and informed him that day to get ready for the run of a life time. He looked at me unsure but full of confidence in my decision, remember he never ran more then a few miles before this. Race morning he was calm and ready to run and shed his final layer of questions, why did I get struck down right after retirement? We started the race and he followed my advice on pace, hydration and nutrition as we toughed our way through the 26 mile course. We crossed the finish line and it turns out he won his age group and finished just in front of Helen Klein and her husband. My whole family was in tears, it was more of a thrill the when I finished my first Wasatch 100, I knew then the man was back! As Helen’s husband was puzzled how a guy from sea level who never ran a marathon was able to beat him and finish first place in his age group.

Clarence Mason now has won more 10k’s in the Erie Pa. area than any one his age ever. He is now 70 with 10k winning times that are faster then all the age groups 50 and above ! Hat’s off to my Dad, Lance A. would be proud ! Running with Erie’s Running Club

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Endurance Athlete from another era 1

Monne Davis was using IV bags from hospital’s to carry her water during 100 mile horse races, this lady was ahead of her time! Here we are all set with hydration systems, electrolyte tablets, recovery products and all the modern convinces to assist us in endurance racing. Moone spent a lot of time managing her horse toljaso, her needs came second. She would feed her horse electrolyte tablets and spend a lot of time watching the horse’s energy and nutrition levels, as we do ourselves in our 100 miler races. She logged over a 1000 miles of Trail Racing in 1999. Moone also was a world class sled dog racer, she would manage and train a pack of up to 60 dogs at a time. When we race all we have to do is worry about ourselves, not a horse or a team of dogs. Moone didn’t stop there, she is a marathon runner, mountain biker and a skier. Co-worker Moone is the toughest lady I know, she is always teaching me new endurance stuff at work every day !

MOONEDAVIS & CALLY’S TOLJASO
1994 Mountain Region Champion, 1995 4th at World Championship
1995 1st at 265 mile Outlaw Trail, 1997 1st at 250 mile Pony Express, 1999 logging over 1,000 miles of Outlaw Trail racing
over 6,000 AERC race miles

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WasatchSpeedGoat racing tip 4

Runners spend way to much time digging through their drop bags at aid stations. You should be able to run a 50k without any drop bags as long as there is aid stations with the basic fluids and snacks. On a 50 miler you should only need one drop bag with some xtra gu or a food, as long as there are aid stations with the basics. These days it’s like having 7-11’s all the way thought he race, it is easy to get caught up in the drop bag frenzy ! Take a look at what you really used after a race a streamline that whole process. I was running with Charlie Vincent at the Moab’s Red Hot 50k and he nailed it ” I can’t keep up with these younger runners until the the aid stations and then I pass them.” It takes time to figure out your specific needs during an Ultra, but you will find out you need less then you think! Remember next race to run against down time, that will translate to a faster ultra.

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Trophy Maker Wynn Davis breaking the sound barrier 1

Fellow Ultra runner Wynn Davis will be a force to reckon with, he raced last Saturday and ripped a 3:25 50k on the Chicago Lake front. Sounds like he needs to step it up and run the Wasatchspeedgoat 50k with those fresh legs! one scrape!
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Meltzer/Mason running with biking gloves 2

I was taught from day two to wear bike gloves in the rugged Wasatch Range, Meltzer clued me in after my first endo down Grandier Peak. I was racing Karl down a steep pitch when I caught a toe and launched 10 feet through the air only to plunge to the ground hand first. After trail rash on both hands I went out and bought a pair of $10 biking gloves that completely protected my hands during future endo’s. Another benefit is you can stick a pack of gu in the top of each glove when you load up for a big run or race. Once you get used to the gloves protection, you can’t run technical terrain with out them. Ask Paul from Montrail, we did a super technical night run up Little Cottonwood Canyon to the Pfeiferhorn, when we returned Paul had a flapper on the palm of his hand, ouch!

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Wasatchspeedgoats-Montrail/Nathan Ultrarunning Team

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