That headline is slightly misleading, as in fact Zeke Tiernan (7:24) and Jenny Pierce (9:34:20) are your 2011 Run Rabbit Run champions. However, the weather stole the show and the storyline, as rain, wind and cold temperatures greeted runners along the Continental Divide and forced 40% of the entrants to DNF.
Tiernan had the lead at the halfway point and never relinquished it. However had the race been a few miles longer, 2nd place finisher Nick Clark may have caught him. Clark finished only two minutes back of Tiernan. Montrail athlete Ryan Burch, running on tired legs after placing 6th at Leadville 100 only 3 weeks ago, finished in a solid 3rd place (8:08), with Corey Hanson in 4th and Eric Eisinger in 5th. Full preliminary results found here.
Congratulations to Zeke Tiernan, Ryan Burch, Jenny Pierce and Tina Lewis, all of whom earned an entry into the 2012 Western States 100 by finishing at the top in this Montrail Ultra Cup race. Hope to see you all in Squaw next June.
With race #2 of the Montrail Ultra Cup series now in the books, we turn our sights to race #3 in Vermont, where the Vermont 50 will run on Sunday. The race has filled to capacity (both the 50 mile and 50km distances) for the very first time yet the organizing committe has had their hands full with course changes and maintenance after the recent storms. Good luck to everyone racing in Vermont this coming weekend, should be a wild one!