Well the biggest show down in trail running is about to happen, Meltzer, Jurek and Koerner are representing the USA vs. those crafty Europeans. We do not know much about the top Europeans except it’s their home course and we are there to steal the show. Karl e-mailed me and said the course is awesome and the media is out of control. Karl sounds all calm and is ready to go do what he does, climb some rugged terrine. Every time Karl goes through an aid station I will receive an e-mail with in a minute, I will then post the updates as I receive them. Race starts 10:30 am today!
Karl live updates
3:42 update: La Balme check point
USA runners hold 3 of the top 4 positions so far lead by Jurek, Koerner then Meltzer all on the exact same pace!! First place is held by Mermoud who is 10 minutes ahead of the team USA, but will he last ? It’s early but could we see the USA take top 3 ?
4:06 update: Bonhom check point
Mermoud holds first place buy 13 minutes over Meltzer who is only one minute in front of Jurek and Koerner. Hold on for a barn burner !! Wahsatchspeedgoat must be feeling good!! Two scrapes~ Karl went from 6th to 2nd place so far.
4:21 update: Chap check point
Mermoud opens lead over Meltzer by 15 minutes, this guy is digging early. Jurek and Koerner are just a couple minutes behind. race time 05h37mn24s
Go NIKKI! First woman by a humongous margin, 41st overall as of 3:45 pm rocky mountain time!
6:45 update: Seigne
Mermoun leads Meltzer by 11 minutes, Karl managed to close the gap by 4 minutes with a long way to go. Koerner is 7 minutes behind Karl and Jurek is lerking back just 10 minutes. Nicki has a nice lead for the women!! oh boy! 07h13mn27s
8:12 update: Courm check point
Mermoud is looking strong, he has a 13 minute lead ahead of Delebarre and a 17 minute lead over Olmo and Meltzer. The Euros are making a move.
8:40 update: USA update
Meltzer 4th place 18 minutes behind the leader
Koerner 9th place 24 minutes behind the leader
Jurek 14th place 31 minutes behind the leader
Karnazes 124th place ??? minutes behind the leader
Nikki 36th place, yea go get a victory for the USA women!!
9:22 update: Bertone check point
We are about half way~first four runner in~
Delebarre 14 minutes behind
Olmo 14 minutes behind
Meltzer 20 minutes behind – leading USA – 10h42mn03s – 81.80 km
Nikki Kimball – still kicking it up!
12:19 update:Col Ferret
After the big climb Meltzer (13h21mn19s) climbs into second place just 11 minutes behind Mermoun. Looks like Meltzer is in a battle of his life with the Euros ! Go Karl hang tough hopefully he didn’t spend to much energy on the big climb, not! Check it out Dean has put on a push to pass Jurek and Koerner !! Daylight is back and it’d time to scrape hard Karl!
Nikki is still in 34th place overall for the top women!!
12:54 update: Fouly check point
There is a long downhill after Ferret, Meltzer closed the gap to 5 minutes behind Mermoun. This must be a technical downhill where Karl’s hooves are good and sharpened, WSG is feeling good and dancing to his favorite tunes ! He is digging deep and smells a top 5 finish or better?
7:45 a.m. USA update: Looks like the Euros took over during our night.
Meltzer 12th place
Nikki 24th place
Dean 73rd place
Koerner 1375th place
Juek 1377th place
1st Olmo almost to the finish
nice job, these guys are finishing strong!
OLMO WINS 2007 CHAMPION, GREAT RUN !!
Nickki Kimball finished for the top women super congrats!! 19th overall!
Dean is on his way to a top 50 finish? Way to go Dean!!! on boy !