Chat with Beat Jegerlehner – Racing 1,000 Miles and Lake Sonoma Recap

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Beat Jegerlehner enjoying the great outdoors in Alaska. Photo: beultra.com

 

Last week I had Jill Homer on the show and we discussed stretching our perception of extremes and endurance events.  Her boyfriend, Beat Jegerlehner, is familiar with stretching those limits.  Here I discuss his life and racing, up to and including his recent 1,000 mile foot race in Alaska.  I also briefly recap the highly competitive Lake Sonoma 50 miler.  Hope you enjoy it and, as always, I look forward to your comments and suggestions.

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Weekend Wrap at Inside Trail (Sept 23-25)

Lizzy Hawker breaking the 24 hour world record. Photo: CMUDC

Though Inside Trail’s passion lies with off-road competition and adventure, we cannot overlook outstanding performances in our cousin sport, road racing.  First, congratulations to Lizzy Hawker in her jaw-dropping run at the 2011 Commonwealth Mountain and Ultra Distance Running Championships 24 hour race in Llandudno (North Wales).  Just four weeks after winning the grueling UTMB, Lizzy covered 246.4 km (just over 153 miles) in the 24 hours, breaking the 18 year old world record held by Germany’s Sigrid Lomsky by three kilometers.  Of course, we must also tip our trail hats to Patrick Makau (Kenya) for setting the new marathon world record with his 2:03:38 run in Berlin, beating Haile Gebrselassie’s record by 21 seconds.  Also racing in Berlin, Haile must have instinctively sensed that Makau was having a special day because after Makau made his move, Haile backed off, bent over, then resumed running and finished.

Photo: Davy Crockett

Here in the US, the Bear 100 trail race continues to evolve into one of the classic hard-nose races on the 100 mile calendar.  An exciting race from the start saw a group of eight pull away on the initial 4,000+ ft climb to the first aid station in just over two hours.  As contenders dropped away from the steady Nick Pedatella, Ben Lewis and Gary Gellin, who seemed to focus more on tactical racing than pure speed with each of them also getting lost at times.  In fact, near the end of the race, Pedatella ran off course, allowing Ben Lewis to take the lead.  Pedatella recovered the correct course and the lead, winning in 20:55.  Lewis came in shortly thereafter in 21:18, and Kelly Lance put in a breakout performance and a study of perfect pacing to take third in 21:29.  Remarkably, both Lewis and Lance had never run a 100 miler previous to Bear.

For the women’s race, Nikki Kimball dominated from the start en route to a substantial new course record in 22:19.  Jane Larkindale, in her first 100 miler since her 2010 San Diego 100 win, came in fresh and obviously well-trained to take 2nd in 23:25 and Ellen Parker rounded out the top three with a solid 23:53, also earning the Wolverine Club sub 24 hour buckle.  Full results here.

A happy and triumphant Geoff Roes. Photo: Justin Radley

The UROC (Ultra Race Of Champions) took place this weekend and though many elites were not in attendance, it didn’t stop the ones there from having an exciting race.  Huge congratulations to Geoff Roes and Ragan Petrie on their wins.

Men:

  1. Geoff Roes – 8:58:04
  2. Michael Wardian – 9:20:01
  3. Matt Flaherty – 9:22:42
Women:
  1. Ragan Petrie – 10:11:05
  2. Devon Crosby-Helms – 10:25:50
  3. Anne Riddle Lundblad – 11:01:44

The noticeably low-key, at least in terms of exposure, USATF 50k National Trail Championships took place Saturday in Bend, Oregon with recently crowned World Trail Champion Max King taking the men’s title by a comfortable margin in 3:27.  In a more tightly contested race, Stephanie Howe took the women’s national title in 4:19.  Both King and Howe live in Bend, OR.

Mike Morton tearing through the miles at Hinson Lake 24

On the East Coast Mike Morton braved the 90 degree heat index in North Carolina to win at the Hinson Lake 24 hour event.  The final mileage and results are not posted yet but another competitor, Brett Welborn, had this to say,

“Mike was at 156+ miles but was still moving well with 1 hour left…I would estimate he had sped back up and was doing 8 minute miles. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him at 163-164 miles when the final results are posted…within just a few miles of the American Record (which are typically chased on flat pavement with much fewer runners in the way, and in better temperatures).

His first 25 miles was ~2h58m. He hit 50 miles ~6h15m. He went through 100 miles ~13h10m.”

Welborn goes on in reference to Ultra Performance of the Year,

“A lot of people have been talking about Ian Sharman’s 12h44m Rocky Raccoon 100 as Ultrarunning’s performance of the year. But I think after this weekend some folks should take a look at Mike. It was 40F warmer at Hinson Lake. So yea, his 100 was ~20-25 minutes slower, but then he ran ANOTHER 63-64 miles in < 11 hours ON TOP OF THAT. AND it was on a 1.5 mile loop trail, so he had to contend with constantly passing 250+ other runners.”

And finally, check out Go Trail Magazine’s October issue, released today.  Inside Trail has a monthly column beginning this month.  The magazine is top notch with terrific articles and stunning photos.  Hope you enjoy it!

2011 Wasatch 100, WMRC and IAU 100K World Championship Results and Wrap

A rare moment off his feet. Evan Honeyfield fueling to victory at Wasatch 100. Photo Duncan Callahan

At the Wasatch 100 the weather held with warmer than typical temperatures and Timmy Parr took it out hot himself, running splits that nearly matched Geoff Roes’ course record pace.  Unfortunately, the speedster faded with a sour stomach and low energy, eventually dropping at mile 62.  Evan Honeyfield capitalized on Parr’s falter and made his move.  Eschewing the “Lamb’s Canyon Rule” (leader at Lamb’s doesn’t win the race), Honeyfield pressed on and held the lead over hard charging Luke Nelson and ageless Karl Meltzer for the win in 19:31, the third fastest time in the history of the 32 year old race.  Meltzer surprized everyone with his appearance at the start after dealing with a back injury from Hardrock and then food poisoning/flu last week.

In the women’s race, Becky Wheeler shot off the start and ran in 1st all the way to the finish for the most part non-contended.

1st Evan Honeyfield – 19:31

2nd Luke Nelson – 19:52

3rd Karl Meltzer – 20:59

Women

1st Becky Wheeler – 25:53

2nd Emily Judd – 26:46

3rd Jody Aslett – 27:39

Full results found here.

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Via Matt at Inside Trail‘s Euro Bureau:  Americans feeling this globalization bug that’s going around.

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To reiterate:  What a spectacular weekend for Americans in Europe.  Max King and Kasie Enman shocked the world on Sunday (yeah even the loyal teammate, coach, prescient prognosticator, grandma or cousin Vinnie was fairly surprised) with individual gold medals at the 27th World Mountain Running Championships in Tirana, Albania.  Although the men’s and women’s teams both finished fourth, just missing the podium, it’s safe to say  the USMRT and most racing fans can appreciate this .  On the men’s side, Joe Gray finished 11th, Ryan Woods 49th and Matt Byrne 51stInside Trail had a little preview and more or less overlooked the Americans.  Why?  A) take a look at results from previous WMRC trophy events, especially the last couple of years, which have been dominated by the Africans (Ugandan, Kenyan, and Eritrean runners to be specific) and Europeans;  B) have a gander at some of the recent race results of our two ringers, Max King and Joe Gray; and C) refer to the 12.47k  course, which set-up for more of “A”.

Although some certainly had their eye on Enman because of her return to health and consistent form, and her U.S. mountain running title at the Cranmore Hill Climb in New Hampshire, still this individual gold shattered her and her team’s expectations, especially considering she’s the first U.S. women’s world champ ever, not to mention her first participation in the WMRC.  Megan Lund-Lizotte finished 12th and Michelle Suszek ran into 21st for the American squad.

King’s result is also simply awesome.  Like Enman, he beat all comers at the Cranmore Hill Climb.  And he too delivered individual gold in Albania.  Max (52:06) was joined on the podium by Ahmet Arslan (52:41) from Turkey and one of the Italian Dematteis twins, Martin (52:57).  His brother Bernard (54:16) and Sierre-Zinal winner Marco De Gasperi (54:33) round-out the top 5.  So, what happened?  Since 2009 the Africans have largely smothered the top 10.  Not this year.  King actually recalls seeing one of the Ugandan runners late:  “[He] was 30 seconds ahead of me at the top of the third

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climb and I passed him with about 800 meters to go. ”  Despite the pre-race odds, a little parity transpired in Tirana.

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Quick spin: the course set-up was described as a mix of grass, dirt and single-track among a fairly typical amount of up and down (based on other WMRC trophy courses).  The rub was the less technical terrain;the faster African runners would enjoy the speedier conditions.  However, that sounds like a course that King might enjoy, as well.  “It was a good course for me having both the hard technical uphill and the fast and somewhat technical downhill. I had no idea I was in the lead until I crossed the finish line,” said King, who happens to be a seasoned and successful cross-country athlete.

What about his Sierre-Zinal 20th, or his DNS at Pikes Ascent?  Those (who know him or) perhaps caught Nick Clark’s interview of King prior to Sierre-Zinal might recall he talked about wanting to be ready for Worlds in September, despite sounding under the weather, maybe a bit uninspired.  To the contrary,  maybe he was simply finding his way to the WMRC start, a runner who had an A race focus, who executed to perfection, becoming the first American man to win the gold since Jay Johnson in 1987.

WMRC men’s and women’s results when they become available.

Either way, we have a couple of runners who knew exactly what was possible in Albania on that particular course,  in the face of so much international dominance.  Brilliant and inspired goods.  Congrats to Mr. King and Kasi Enman and American mountain running at large.  Let this inspire others to administer like carnage on the global stage.

Likewise, in the Netherlands Michael Wardian (6:42:49) and Andy Henshaw (6:44:35) ran 2nd and 3rd throughout most of the 2011 IAU 100k World Championships, trailing only Italy’s Giorgio Calcaterra (6:27:32), who also won this race in 2008.  Wardian and Henshaw, along with Matt Wood’s sixth place in 6:50:23, propelled the Americans to a team gold.  World travel at its finest.

The women’s team secured silver, highlighted by the incredible work of 50 year-old Meghan Arbogast’s 5th place in 7:51:10, Annette Bednosky’s 6th place in 7:54:59 and an 11th place finish from Amy Sproston in 8:10:11.  What are they smoking over there?  Especially Ms. Arbogast, who simply knows something the rest of the world is missing out on.  Congrats, ladies!  The race was won by Russia’s Marina Bychkova in 7:27:19.  Unfortunately, Ellie Greenwood recorded a DNF and was not able to repeat her victory from 2010, which shouldn’t dim her spectacular 2011 race season much at all, having already won the Frozen Ass 50, Chuckanut 50k, American River 50, Western States 100 and Powderface 42.