Dave Mackey & Cassie Scallon Currently Atop the Leaderboard
The Montrail Ultra Cup, the only nationwide ultra running points series, returns this year with some of the most renowned races in North America. The series includes nine challenging and competitive ultra marathons in seven states across the country. With 50 km, 50 mile, 100 km and 100 mile races, the Montrail Ultra Cup provides an opportunity to run shoulder-to-shoulder with the best runners over the continent’s most legendary terrain.
Four Montrail Ultra Cup races remain for the 2011/2012 season, culminating with the Western States 100 in June. The Lake Sonoma 50 is the next up on April 14, with a 50-mile course that climbs and descends 10,500 feet of beautiful scenery as it winds around the wine country of Healdsburg, Calif. New to the Montrail Ultra Cup series this year, the Leona Divide 50 hosts 50-km and 50-mile races that will take place in Southern California on April 28. In the final lead-up to the widely anticipated Western States 100, the Ice Age 50 takes place on May 12 in Wisconsin.
The Western States 100 is one of the oldest ultra trail events in the world and certainly one of the most challenging. The race starts at 5 a.m. in Squaw Valley on June 23, 2012, and ends 100 miles later in Auburn, Calif. Following trails on the remote and rugged Northern California terrain, most of the course is accessible only to hikers, horses and helicopters. All the big names come out for this race and, as the last event in the Montrail Ultra Cup series, this is guaranteed to be an exciting and competitive race.
The 2011/2012 Montrail Ultra Cup season is currently well underway with five races in the books including the Waldo 100k Trail Run, the Run Rabbit Run 50, the Vermont 50, the JFK 50 and the Bandera 100k. Midseason standings show Dave Mackey, named 2011 Ultra Runner of the year by Ultra Running Magazine, leads the men by 27.8 points with strong finishes in both the Waldo 100k Trail Run and the Bandera 100k. For the women, Cassie Scallon leads by 31 points with two strong victories in both the JFK 50 miler and the Bandera 100k. Both runners have had strong races this season but with the last four Montrail Ultra Cup events still to come, including the Western States 100, the racing is far from over.