Monthly Archives: September 2007

Bear 100 21

The Bear gets slayed!

After three attempts at the Bear 100, I have finally raised the bar a little. It helps to go with fresh legs. Cool temps, a 30MPH tailwind…that’s right, a tailwind, and dry conditions left the record of Hal Koerner to get chomped up and thrown away. Negative splits didn’t hurt either, 19:35-19:15. I think the older I get the longer it takes me to get warmed up.

It may be the last running of the Bear on this particular course as a new one is slated for next year. The Rogue Valley Runner may have to return next year to set a new mark as my plans are a mystery. Leland Barker put on a stellar performance running second in 20:54, Jared Campbell was solid as always about an hour behind and David Goggins finished his 9th 100 of the year with one to go

On the Women’s side, WasatchsRunningCenter standout Milada Copeland defended her Bear title in just over 27 hours. It was a crazy race, When I finished it was 68 degrees, the last 12 hours of the race were run in a snowstorm, pays to be quick at this one!

Scott Jurek repeats at Spartathlon

Is he Ultrarunner of the year yet? Of course with a road win overseas, he is a shoe-in to win it. Doesn’t matter how many hundreds you win….all about performances of the year. I willl now rest as Scott takes on the loop da loop at acrosstheyears24hour and determines if he can get dizzy…go get it Scott! Is there 166 miles in you?


Notes from the Goats 18

Jurek has his hands full at Spartathlon!

Can Scott repeat? Was it a good idea to bail at 42 miles at Mt. Blanc? We’ll find out soon as Valmir Nunez, Jens Lukas, Markus Thalman (all previous winners) to the line in Greece for the ultimate pavement pounder of 255KM. The list is super -deep and of course us goats don’t know all the mystery men. A long line-up of Korean and Japanese runners are also sure to be in the running. Also from the US, 24 hour record holder Mark Godale will show up as well as Jenn Shelton to push the women’s side, we’ll stay tuned for this one.

Nate McDowell wins in Moab and breaks Mr. Torrence’s record by 33 minutes!

Nate is back on track putting another solid performance down in Moab at his specialty distance of 50 tough miles. Not surprise to me, The Moab course is probably one of the most scenic courses on earth, it might be better to run it slower and enjoy it…yah right!

Bear 100 starts Friday!

One more 100 miler for me and I’m done for a while. Speedgoat will go for a 4th 100 mile win of 2007 in Leland Barker’s backyard, the Bear River Range. The colors are stellar this year as always. The field, larger than ever before should make it a great day in Idaho. Tune into to check it out.


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Transrockies update 4

Skaggs boyz will have to run backwards if anyone will catch them now!

Kyle and Erik Skaggs have the race in the baggz with over a 45 minute lead at the 5-day trans rockies stage race. It is just another week of 120 miles as they will coast in for the win on the easy climb into Aspen, Colorado. I think they should have to run backwards until someone catches them to make it interesting. Kyle will be putting himself at the front of the Ultrarunner of the Year voting, unless of course Mr. Jurek wins Spartathlon on the roads. Scott is in Greece right now getting ready for his 255Km pavement pounder. We will have the link to that soon, I dont know the language in Greece. Wahsatchspeedgoat

Kyle Skaggs

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The TransRockies Run 21

Team Skaggs is running away again!

Kyle Skaggs, fresh off his win at Wasatch, and his brother mule Kyle have a 12 minute lead after the first day of racing at the Trans-Rockies 5 day stage race. Go to to check it out. A rare race in the U.S. Not only does it last 5 days and runs a total of 110 miles, but WOW! there actually is prize money! Somewhere in the $3000-$5000 range for the winners, and a $20,000 purse should have attracted the 150 teams allowed to race. There are only about 40 teams in this year’s inaugural event. It might be a low-key sport, but having a real prize purse usually brings the competition. We thank all the sponsors at Trans-Rockies for throwing down the cash…love to see it. Check tomorrow for the next update and see if Kyle and Erik can run away with it again. -Wahsatchspeedgoat

How to pace at a 100 miler 8

Notes from the goats

There is no exact science to pacing but here are some the tips we have learned. It all started a long time ago when old friend Dan O’Connor paced to my first 100 mile finish, the Wasatch 100. He was motivating, pushed the pace and keep me moving, as I’ve had other pacers who were just happy to walk and talk with me. Here are some keys points to think about:

  • Know your runners abilities
  • Motivate your runner at all times
  • Be aware of your runners goals, keep track of his splits and remind him frequently what pace they are on.
  • Monitor their water and food intake, be sure they are ahead of their needs.
  • Pay attention to their pit stop plan before you enter each aid station.
  • Most important the aid station is a pit stop, not a rest stop along the highway. Your runner must race down time as well, this will translate to a faster finish.
  • Run in front of your runner, stay ahead and keep them running if they can.
  • Evaluate their strengths such as can they run better downhill, uphill or the flats, once you determine this push your runner through those sections.
  • Most of all, as long as your runner is not injured, get them to the finish!

If you fellow goats have any good info, leave a comment, Bahaha two scrapes!


Wasatch 100, Brighton mile 75

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Trail Gear Review – Petzl e+LITE 7

This is the best little headlamp I have ever used! The Petzl e+LITE weighs less then one ounce and has a battery life up to 45 hours. The LED works real well for any race that starts in the dark, you can clip the light to the rim of your hat and leave it on until night time returns, you won’t even know it is there. I would not rely on this light for the full night leg of a race but I would leave it on your hat or in your pack for a back up light. The e+LITE has a red LED that blinks up to 45 hours if you need rescued in the backcountry, great feature for safety! I will be starting the Bear 100 with this lite in two weeks!

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Leland Barker needs some volunteers for the BEAR 100 if you want to hang around the mountains during the fall colors! Leave a comment or contact Leland through the Bear web page.

WASATCH 100 produces two course records 14

Kyle Skaggs makes it 7 for 7 and another CR at Wasatch this weekend! Another Speedgoat record falls as Kyle Skaggs takes another 8 minutes off the WF100 course record at 19:35!It was not surprise to see Kyle go out fast and hang on. A 32 minute cushion at Brighton made it happen. The only record the Speedgoat has now is the last leg, (Brighton to the Finish) at 5:05. Kyle ran 5:33. What this does mean for the future, is, the record can now be even faster, somewhere around 19 hours if the fastest splits are run. No-one really knows how low it can go. Speedgoat odds fared well as the top 2 were picked easily and many on the list made the top 10.

Roch Horton and I ran a textbook performance to slip under 24 hours for the first time in 7 tries. Cheers to Roch for making it happen.

Liz Irvine proves to be the mystery women in this race and takes down Moehl’s record. Start to finish was the way to run this year as Liz Irvine proved she can hang with the best on the trail being the only women this year with a Crimson Cheetah finish with a stellar 23:29. I only saw Liz at Brighton and she looked better than everyone when she bounced in to the warm cozy aid of Brighton Ski Resort. Roch and I chased her but never got close enough, she was tough all day. Betsy Nye put together another Wasatch in classic form and finished second. Next year if she runs we’ll make sure we don’t miss her on the odds list.

I paced John Maack who ran a very even race all day, despite running with a heavy heart, John was able to keep his eye on the prize and worked through some stomach problems early in the day. John stayed focused and determined throughout the run to post (almost) even splits from beginning to the end ! His ability to run the downhills the whole last leg really helped improve his time from last by over 1 hour and 20 minutes along with less down time. John is 2 for 2 on the Wasatch 100 course, he will be a consistent finisher for many years to come! It was fun seeing Mr. Gates all morning running for his 23rd Wasatch 100 finish! Congratulations Rick!

Hats off to another finish for Dave from Virginia who just finished Leadville, Kelly Korevec and Brennen Wysong who both broke the 28 hour barrier. Way to go Leland Barker who just posted his 9th sub 24 hour finish at the Wasatch 100!



Wasatch 100 – a weekend of pacing 4

The grueling Wasatch 100 starts this Saturday with some chilly temps for Saturday morning. Karl and I are both pacing runners, Karl is going to finish with Roch Horton (sub 24?) from Black Diamond and I am finishing with fellow speedgoat John Maack (run strong!) from Salt Lake. Kyle Skaggs and his brother are hanging at Meltzer’s hoping to get some of those Goat vibs. Kyle’s brother is here to help him run for the record, as long as Karl doesn’t heckle him to much about needing a pacer. Good Luck all runners !

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