Friday, July 26, 2013

Results: Millcreek 50k (Uphill Route) July 19-20, 2013

Results for the 2013 running of the Millcreek Canyon 50k are posted below as compiled by Brian Harward. Christian and Andy turned in incredible times, particularly given the condition of the Desolation Trail, at least what you could see of it through the overgrown wildflowers, and Christian's reportedly defective headlamp. Emily, Suzanne and Amy continued their habit of finishing in front. Shane Martin understandably could not remember his finishing time, having finished Hard Rock just one week earlier: "My Hardrock legs showed up and I was done!"

Of note, Wayne Harrell and Michael Keeley checked in at elbow fork, but they actually continued to Dog Lake, Desolation Lake, along the Crest Trail, and finishing at Snowbird. Epic Three Canyon night run!

Thanks to Ken and Rich for continuing to put this great event on, particularly given the volume of water they had to lug up to Dog Lake for the record number of runners. The aid stations were impressive, the moon was nearly full, the weather was perfect, and anybody who did not have a great time must have slept through it.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Brighton Marathon 2013

Irv's torture chamber was briefly gone but returned. So it went with the Brighton Marathon on July 7, 2013. Recent rains ensured that the trail conditions and weather were perfect, as reflected in very fast times by Bob Mueller and Andy Johnson. 

Those who took a more leisurely pace enjoyed a spectacular wildflower display. Michael Kealey, Wayne Harrell, and Trent Thorn included Clayton Peak in their adventure and therefore got the most miles for their entry dollar. This was Trent's first marathon, having not gone more than 14 miles at a stretch previously. It will not likely be his last, or his fastest. 

Speaking of tough, John Maack continues his comeback, and Deanne McLaughlin capped a 60+ mile week after a two month imposed taper for eye surgery. Both took the popular Guardsman road cutoff, wisely avoiding Clayton Peak. Jeremy Suwinski came out for ten miles as a final tuneup before HardRock. Thanks to Seth Hales for providing aid and assistance at Mill D and Gardsman's Pass, and Pete Stoughton for dropping water at Guardsman's as well. It was a great day in the great Wasatch Mountains.

Full Results Here