Monthly Archives: July 2007


Valmir Nunez crushes Jurek’s record at Badwater 2

Valmir Nunez crushes Jurek’s record at Badwater

All the way from Brazil, Valmir Nunez ran an incredible time on a somewhat cool day at Badwater last week. The evening temp dropped to a chilly 93 degrees allowing the runners to escape the standard 100 plus temps which normally plague the race. Valmir ran 22:51. Same time as Scott’s run at Spartathlon last year………Hmmmmm, what a coincidence. Same mileage, same time, more heat. Strange things are happening this year. 3 scrapes for Valmir! Baaaahhhhhhh

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SpeedGoat Terrain
Special thanks to everyone who spent the day on the hill with the runners!
One of the top three comments I heard was what great help at the aid stations!
Karl and I staffed each age station with professional ultrarunners who understand the needs of a runner during such a grueling course! We had Roch Horton and the Black Diamond crew manning Mt. Baldy and Roch himself making sure every runner left his aid station at the top of little cloud to the finish, plunge to the tram deck! At the top of the tram we had Jared Campbell (just broke 30 hours at Hardrock 07) and Larry O’neil. Down at the tunnel we had fellow Montrail Team mate Ken Jensen with Charlie Vincent and the Backcountry.com crew!
Special thanks to Mark Scholl and the Salt Lake Regional Medical Center for being there for the runners!

A SPECIAL THANKS TO WYNN DAVIS FOR THE TROPHIES!

Wynn Davis created our special trophies for the Innaugural race and deserves a big thanks from all of us who were able to participate last weekend. Without Wynn’s dedication to making these works of art, the “Goat Leg” and “Hooves” would have been alot harder to create, and a special thanks to Elwood the Goat for all his hoof growing power! Wynn will be racing here next year and will have a shot at taking home a goat leg of his own. – 10 Scrapes!

Nathan Packs were donated by Glenn at the Wasatch Running Center, go there to get the Nathan 20% discount!

The ultimate sponsor that allows trail running to be a spectator sport with that killer TRAM and course! Snowbird and John Collins!

Remember that ridge, the second climb!
If you feel good after running 24,000 vertical, it was the 80-90 servings of Ultragen that was consumed, thanks to Robert from First Endurance for helping with Goat recovery, bahaha!
Last but least thanks to Butch race director for the Wasatch Steeple Chase for running the timing system at the finsh line, suds for all Butch!

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Check out these scenic photos of the Wasatchspeedgoat 50k!

Petra McDowell and Corbin Talley set the pace this year, as the standard is now set for the future at the Speedgoat 50K. Next year new trails are in the works to eliminate some confusion on the route. Remember Alta bailed on us at the last minute and because of it more marshals were needed along the course. Snowbird CEO Bob Bonar was thrilled with the race and plans on working a new trail to Mary Ellen Gulch, (Another Canyon off the back of Mineral Basin). If this addition happens, the course will be even more beautiful than this year. Another route has also been proposed eliminating the ski run from the top of Gad II. We are hoping to create a twisting, less steep route. Into hibernation, goats! For those who want another great race in a few weeks. El Vacquero Loco in Star Valley is another winner! Baaahhhhhh! 10 scrapes~! -Wahsatchspeedgoat

Erik Storeheim crossing the top of the tram!

Trail Run Gear use this code (1QL-1-QGSDU) and receive 10% Speed Goat discount off your order at the Speed Goat Trail running Gear Shop! Check redemption code and enter code during check out! Expires July 31st !

Results posted tonight, no kidding!

Any SpeedGoats who would like a Nathan Pack for trailrunning, please go see Glen at the Wasatch Running Center and he will give you a 20% discount if you mention this web page and article, cool!

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Yes, it is true! Petra McDowell had the Sharpest Hooves of the day! Full race report coming shortly. Way to go Speedgoats!
Powder Shots photo’s are in!

Petra crossing the tape!


Helen Cospolich reaching for her $100 bill at the top of the tram! First male and female to the summit got the cash!


Scott with First Place Petra McDowell and First Place Male Corbin Talley!

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Dan Young “Dark Vader” from PA. cruising out the tunnel!

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CHECK OUT THE VERTICAL CHART ~ Thanks Joel Hatch (11,997) climbing in 27 miles, ouch~ the real Wasatch 100 warm up race.

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Way to put down the Ultragen and cold ones SpeedGoats!


WasatchSpeedGoat 50k- Carbon Footprint 7

Hello fellow SpeedGoats,

Thanks everyone for signing up for the first ever WasatchSpeedGoat “Get High” 50k!

This has been a daunting task getting such a killer race put together at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, we would like to request all runners please car pool and utilize the “park and ride ” at the bottom of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Snowbird has been very accommodating to partner with us to showcase the best 50k trail run venue ever! We really want to be the best environmentally conscious people we are, as you run through the course please do the best you can not to leave any waste behind! There will be restrooms at the start/finish and at the top of the tram where you cross twice, Thanks for the help!


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Final Race Instructions

Hello fellow Goaties,

I hope every one’s training went well! Please review the final instructions for the race, we will see you on the tram deck at 5:30 am for packet pick up ! This is a steep course with 5 climbs, be patient you want to feel good for those last two climbs of the day! This is a Meltzer designed course, we expect the winning time to be around 6 hours so don’t think you’re going slow, everyone is going slow !! Sharpen your hooves, we will see you 7/21/07!!!!

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Get ready to dance through the rocks!

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JUREK takes HARDROCK with a vengeance ! 19

TO NO SURPRISE, JUREK TAKES HARDROCK WITH A VENGEANCE!

    After 4 long weeks of acclimatizing and training in Silverton, Co., Jurek takes the goat off the ridge, and breaks the record running 26:08!  Krissy Moehl also with two weeks of acclimatization, puts in her bid for Ultra performance of the year…so far, running 29:24!  The wahsatchspeedgoat remains  “unchicked”, running the fastest split from Chapman home after a 2 hour nappy-pooh, slipping under 29 hours.  The summer has just begun, with the Tour Du Mont Blanc in less than 6 weeks.  Here we will find one of the most level of playing fields, and we won’t be playing soccer!   10 scrapes for Scott, it was a stellar performance!     -Wahsatchspeedgoat

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Hardrock 100 is under way! 17

Live updates throughout the day and night on Meltzer and Jurek!

  • Jurker is 4 minutes ahead of Meltzer at Cunningham Gulch
  • Ricky Denesik and Jurek are 4 minutes ahead of Meltzer at Maggie Gulch
  • Denesik and Meltzer pull into Pole Creek two minutes ahead of Jurek !
  • Jurker back in front w/ Denesik followed by Hartell and Meltzer 2 and 3 minutes behind at Sherman! Things are heating up!
  • Hartell is 2 minutes ahead of Jurek and 4 minutes ahead of Meltzer at Grouse Gulch mile 42.1! Now the race begins, Meltzer is patient~Jurker looks strong, can Hartell hold the pace?
  • Hartell leads Jurek by 2 minutes and Meltzer by 13 minutes as they left Engineer Pass at mile 48.6, we got a race!
  • Emily Baer left just 10 minutes in front of Krissy Moehl from Grouse Gulch, the women’s race is going to be a barn burner!
  • Jurek leads Hartell by 4 minutes and Meltzer by 17 minutes at Ouray mile 56.6. They just finished a long down hill from Engineer, now it ‘s time for Meltzer to make a move up the long climb to Virginia Pass-?
  • Jurek leads by Meltzer by 16 minutes out of Governer’s Basin, Hartell fading!
  • Emily Baer leaves Ouray 4 minutes ahead of Krissy, who will win this one?
  • It’s down to Jurek and Meltzer~
  • Jurek crosses Virginia Pass just 6 minutes in front of Meltzer at mile 67.7 ( long climb). Steep downhill to Telluride, not real technical-Jurek advantage?
  • First runner through Chapman should win!
  • Jurek is the first runner through Chapman and may be on his way to victory!
  • Krissy looks as if she might hold off Emily for the women’s victory!
  • Could Jurek post a course record?
  • Jurek just finished at 8:08, what a great run Scott, congratulations!! 26:08- record!
  • Meltzer showed up at Chapman Gulch and hour behind Jurek and took a two hour break, he is back up and fighting for a second place finish!
  • Krissy is in 4th place-21 minutes behind Meltzer at Kamm Traverse go Krissy!
  • Meltzer just passed through Putnam with some impressive splits considering he came back from the dead! Hang on for sub 29 WHSG!
  • Meltzer hung in there for second place at 10:59, 28:59! Way to hang for sub 29. How to take a 2 hour nap and still finish 2nd at Hardrock???????
  • Krissy Moehl – First women in at 11:24, 29:24 !! Super congratulations !! She finished third behind Meltzer! wow~Female SpeedGoat kicked up some dust out there! Course Record !!
  • Jared Campbell from Salt Lake kicked it in for a strong 4th place finish at 29:37~
  • Watching for fellow Speedgoats Roch Horton, Ken Jensen and old rival Todd Salzer!! Keep on scraping!
  • Imagine that: Roch Horton and Ken Jensen are on there way in from Putnam on the same splits! The Salt Lake boys finished the same time, nice work!
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    Watch the Video of Scott’s finish!


    WasatchSpeedGoat 50k and Park City TV 1

    Hello Fellow Speed Goats! Park City TV is going to film the race this year and make a one hour documentary which may focus on a specific runner. I am looking for a trail runner who has overcome adversity of some sort that has a worthy story to tell! Park City TV may then do pre race interviews and film you through out the race, if you feel you are a Speed Goat with a killer story, please e-mail Ori Hoffer at Park City TV ori@parkcity.tv . C-ya next weekend, sharpen your hooves!! Bahaha!

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    Trail Run Gear

    It's a long way from the bayous of Louisiana, but Hurricane Katrina evacuees will get a taste of Utah's Wasatch Mountains on Friday as they ride Snowbird's aerial tramway as guests of the ski and summer resort. (photo: FTO/Marc Guido)


    Hardrock 100 ~ SpeedGoat odds are in! 23

    6 Previous winners will toe the line with Mr. Jurek!
    The Hardrock 100 is set up to be the most competitive ever!

    The Speedgoat Odds are in:
    1. 4-1 Scott Jurek (Been acclimating for 4 weeks, the best at preparing for a big run when needed)
    2. 5-1 Wahsatchspeedgoat (Tired from previous 3 -100 mile wins, but blue chip stock to run at least 28 hours)
    3. 7-1 Mark Hartell (Previous best in this direction…28:52 with a horrible bonk at 90 miles)
     opps Ty Draney 10-1
    4. 10-1 Paul Sweeney (always a strong finisher at Hardrock, lots of experience)
    5. 14-1 Ricky Denesik (has to have lots of revenge after not getting in the race the last 2 years)
    6. 14-1 Jeff Browning (Been preparing and ready to get Meltzer back for breaking his record at Bighorn)
    7. 18-1 Kevin Schilling (just sneaky fast, has lots of credentials noone knows about)

    Sentimental Favorite…Billy Simpson (just completed the AT and ready to rip Hardrock)

    Womens Race
    1. 3-1 Betsy Kalmeyer (all time winner at Hardrock and has the experience and focus to win again)
    2. 4-1 Krissy Moehl (Has better speed than Betsy but experience should prevail)
    3. 6-1 Betsy Nye (Her consistency is unmatched and is blue chip stock for a 32 hour or less finish)
    4. 7-1 Emily Baer (Local favorite and better acclimated than everyone, her turn to bust one)
    5. 20-1 Diane Van Deren (Always a solid finisher but lacks a little speed to keep up with her competitors)

    Scrape a pick, bahahah!


    Mt. Timpanogos – Utah 7

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    An old goat carcass.
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    We did a monster trail run up Mt. Timpanogos on Sunday, this is our local Heber City mountain that sends you up a 7 mile climb with 5000 vert. Robert Redford has his little ski resort here called Sundance . I ran with Mark Scholl (Medical support for the WSG 50k) from Salt Lake Regional Medical center, Joan Parker a WSG 50K runner and local runner young Josh Turner. What a massive climb crossing snow and scree fields to top out at 11,700 with a 5000 vert. descent to the car! This will test any trail runners fitness level!
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    Hut 2 miles below the summit

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    100 Mile racing tip~ WasatchSpeedGoats 14

    What to do with empty gel packs during a 100 mile race? When I was running the Bighorn 100 this year I discovered the convenience of putting those empty gel packs under my water bottles inside my Nathan Pack! This works real slick, they are easy to pull out and dispose of at the aid stations while the crew fills your bottles. Did you ever finish a 100 miler with a pocket full of empty gel packs that dried into a clump of crystallized sugar? The empty gel packs end up a little wet from the water bottles so they do not stick to the pack, this is for only waist belts. If you have a convenient way to rid those sticky gel packs into a running back pack, let us know! Remember speed tip based on eating two to three packs of gel per hour! Bahahaha!

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