This past weekend several Montrail athletes we’re off and racing, with the most notable race being the Miwok 100km, race number 10 in the Montrail Ultra Cup series. As expected, Dakota Jones, wearing the Rogue Racers, ran with the lead pack for most of the race, before hitting a lull around mile 48 that put him in 4th place where he’d run for the remainder of the race. A 4th place finish at Miwok 100km (8:18:01), behind Dave Mackey, Mike Wolfe and Hal Koerner is an outstanding finish for anyone, let alone a 20-year old college student. Great job Dakota, way to give it your all. Can’t wait to see you run Hardrock in July.
For the women, Amy Sproston showed up at Miwok 100km despite being injured since early April. With basically no training leading up to the race, she found endurance enough to run to a 4th place finish (10:02:41). Super inspiring Amy, way to dig deep and persevere. Hopefully the calf injuries are behind you and Comrades and Western States 100 go smoothly.
Up in Washington, at the base of Chuckanut Mountain, Andy Henshaw and his Rogue Racers were running the Lost Lake 50km, his first true test since winning the USA 100km National Championships in April. Andy seems to have shaken out the soreness and fatigue, as he ran to a 1st place overall finish in a time of 5:03:33. Way to go Andy, you’re on a roll!
And finally, in Colorado, Ryan Burch returned to action at the Collegiate Peaks 50 miler, where last year he ran the 25 mile distance to preview the course. The 50 mile distance is two laps on the 25 mile course. This year the sun was shining on Ryan, both literally and metaphorically, as he cruised to a 1st place course record in 6:37 while wearing his Rogue Racers. Way to go Ryan, can’t wait to see what you can do at Western States 100.
Another Montrail athlete made us proud, Annette Bednosky placed 1st in the North Face Endurance Challenge at Bear Mountain, NY.
“The course is one of the most technical, yet mostly “runnable” (running/plodding/scampering) I’ve yet to experience!” – Annette
Shoe choice: “I brought both Mt. Masochist and Rogue Racers with me, yet after a short run on the rocky/scree course on Friday in the RR, I opted for the greater protection of the Mountain Masochist…a good choice!”
Overall an outstanding weekend of ultrarunning for Team Montrail (and the Rogue Racer trail racing flats) in what’s turning out to be one of the best years ever for this talented and humble group of athletes. Keep it up!