The newest addition to Team Montrail for 2010 is also our youngest (ever?) athlete, and one we’re really excited about. Dakota Jones is 19 and lives in Durango, Colorado. He’s been running track and cross country his entire life, loves running trail, and only in the past few years became interested in ultrarunning. To boot, Dakota’s been a Montrail wearer for a long time.
Dakota had a big year in 2009, including some races and finishes that are pretty impressive. In February, Dakota took 5th place (p.r. with 4:32:49) in Moab’s Red Hot 50k, finishing ahead of some pretty established and talented runners. In May, Dakota took 2nd place at the Jemez Mountain Trail Run 50 mile with a time of 9:53. He ran a 1:16:54 half marathon at the Canyonlands Half Marathon in March, paced a friend at Hardrock, and recently set a new course record for the Ultimate XC Moab 20 mile race.
Clearly, Dakota is an extremely talented runner and seems to excel on mountain courses. He’ll be running The North Face Endurance Championship this weekend to test his abilities against some of the world’s best. We’re very excited to have Dakota running for Montrail and look forward to following his growth and progress.