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Karl Meltzer Breaks Appalachian Trail Record

Karl Meltzer Breaks Appalachian Trail Speed Record

Karl Meltzer Breaks Appalachian Trail Record

Elite ultrarunner Karl Meltzer just broke the Appalachian Trail thru-hike speed record set last year by Scott Jurek!

Meltzer finished this tough trek of 2,190 miles in 45 days, 22 hours, 38 minutes!!! Jurek’s now ‘old’ record was 46 days, 8 hours, 7 minutes.

Congrats to Karl and his team on the new record.

[photo: Karl Meltzer FB

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Timothy Olson Wins 2013 Western States 100

Timothy Olson Wins 2013 Western States 100 (Results)

Timothy Olson held off Rob Krar and Mike Morton to win the 2013 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Race on Saturday night in California.

Olson finished the historic 100, the Boston Marathon of 100’s, in 15:17:27.

It was a repeat win for Olson who won the race last year as well.

Rob Krar finished in second place in 15:22:05 and Mike Morton, who is the defending Badwater 135 champion, finished in third place in 15:45:21

The top overall female was Pam Smith who finished 9th overall with a time of 18:37:21. Roughly 44 minutes ahead of second place female finisher, Nikki Kimball in 19:21:43. Third place female went to Amy Sproston in 19:25:11

Western States Sub-20 Hour Finishers – 2013

  1. Timothy Olson – 15:17:27
  2. Rob Krar – 15:22:05
  3. Mike Morton – 15:45:21
  4. Ian Sharman – 16:20:25
  5. Dylan Bowman – 16:32:18
  6. Nick Clark – 16:56:23
  7. Jesse Haynes – 17:44:36
  8. Paul Terranova – 17:56:29
  9. Pam Smith – 18:37:21 (Female)
  10. Yassine Diboun – 18:44:02
  11. Karl Meltzer – 18:51:55
  12. Scott Wolfe – 18:55:51
  13. Brandon Stapanowich – 19:10:52
  14. Nikki Kimball – 19:21:43 (Female)
  15. Adrian Lazar Adler – 19:24:44
  16. Amy Sproston – 19:25:11 (Female)
  17. Andy Jones-Wilkins – 19:25:47
  18. Meghan Arbogast – 19:30:50 (Female)
  19. Brian Miller – 19:36:33
  20. Dan Barger – 19:43:28
  21. Erik Skaden – 19:49:15
  22. Rory Bosio – 19:52:09 (Female)

Congrats to all who ran and finished Western States. It’s an amazing and historic race that is tough to get into and just as tough to finish.

Photo via and for amazing ultramarathon coverage @IrunFar

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Ellie Greenwood and Mike Morton Ultrarunners of the Year

Mike Morton and Ellie Greenwood Named Ultrarunners of the Year

UltraRunning magazine has named Mike Morton and Ellie Greenwood as it’s ‘Ultrarunners of the Year’ according to the magazine’s website.

Morton won five races in 2012 including some amazing performances at the Badwater 135 (2 minutes off course record), Umstead 100 Miler (course record), Florida Keys 100 (course record), and IAU 24-Hour where he put down 172.457 miles in 24-hours (an American record).

Greenwood, who has resided in Canada over the past decade, repeated as the female ‘Ultrarunner of the Year.’  Ellie won the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run where she broke the female course record.  She won a total of eight ultramarathons in 2012 including a smashing course record at the JFK 50 Miler back in November.

2012 UltraRunning Magazine Ultrarunners of the Year Voting (Male)

  1. Mike Morton, 41, Lithia, Florida (14) – 313
  2. Timothy Olson, 28, Ashland, Oregon (6) – 264
  3. Max King, 32, Bend, Oregon (2) – 227
  4. Hal Koerner, 36, Ashland, Oregon – 137
  5. Dakota Jones, 21, Durango, Colorado (1) – 122
  6. Brian Rusiecki, 34, South Deerfield, Massachusetts (1) – 74
  7. Dave Mackey, 42, Boulder, Colorado – 68
  8. Nick Clark, 38, Fort Collins, Colorado – 57
  9. Jon Olsen, 38, Modesto, California – 56
  10. Jeff Browning, 40, Bend, Oregon/Karl Meltzer, 44, Sandy, Utah – 49
Others receiving votes: David Riddle 31, Dylan Bowman 27, Sage Canaday 19, Ian Sharman 17, Scott Brockmeier 9, Zach Bitter 9, Mike Foote 8, Michael Wardian 7, Michael Dixon 6, Tomasz Kochanowicz 4, Anton Krupicka 4, Jorge Maravilla 4, Jorge Pacheco 4, Leigh Schhmitt 4, Eric Grossman 3, Leor Pantilat 3, Joe Uhan 3, Zach Gingerich 2, Christopher Kollar 2,  Michael Arnstein 1, Gary Gellin 1, Neal Gorman 1, Nick Lewis 1, Chris Lundstrom 1, Steven Moore 1

2012 UltraRunning Magazine Ultrarunners of the Year Voting (Female)

  1. Ellie Greenwood, 33, North Vancouver, B.C., (24) – 360
  2. Connie Gardner, 48, Medina, Ohio – 228
  3. Darcy Africa, 37, Boulder, Colorado – 155
  4. Amy Sproston, 38, Portland, Oregon – 145
  5. Rory Bosio, 28, Soda Springs, California – 95
  6. Joelle Vaught, 37, Boise, Idaho – 89
  7. Tina Lewis, 39, Boulder, Colorado – 80
  8. Meghan Arbogast, 51, Corvallis, Oregon – 74
  9. Aliza Lapierre, 32, Williston, Vermont – 64
  10. Sabrina (Moran) Little, 26, Waco, Texas – 56
Others receiving votes: Nikki Kimball 52, Liz Bauer 30, Pam Smith 29, Denise Bourassa 26, Kristin Moehl 17, Kerrie Bruxvoort 14, Shawna Tompkins 12, Stephanie Howe 11, Melanie Bos 8, Amy (Lane) Rusiecki 8, Devon (Crosby-Helms) Yanko 8, Ashley Nordell 5, Suzanna Bon 4, Kathleen Kusick 4, Traci Falbo 4, Sada Crawford 3, Cassie Scallon 2, Leah Dougherty 1, Meg Harnett 1, Bethany Lewis 1, Tyler Stewart 1

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The ‘Kilian Jornet Speedgoat 50K Controversy’ (in Karl Meltzer’s Words)

There was a bit of controversy at Karl Meltzer’s Speedgoat 50K that took place on July 28, 2012 in Snowbird Resort, Utah.

Elite ultramarathoner Kilian Jornet was caught cutting several switchbacks during the race. He was warned at mile 20 to stop but continued to do randomly throughout the race.

Naturally, Rickey Gates, who was in second place witnessing Jornet’s Zorro-like snipping of the course, was none too happy.

I Run Far’s Bryon Powell interviewed Karl (RD) after the race to get the official word on what he decided to do about Kilian cutting multiple switchbacks on the course. (Video above, transcript below)

Here is what Karl had to say about his decision:

“Today was an incredibly tough spot. We had a great competitive field at the race this year. It was panning out exactly how it was supposed to pan out. Kilian Jornet and Ricky Gates were in the front, chasing the leaders up front. Rickey beat Kilian to the top, and that was great; everything was running out great. What happened though, along the route, I was descending into Mineral Basin myself, Kilian was in the lead briefly, and he cut a switchback. That was the first time we saw it happen. Ok, one little thing, no big deal. He continued on the course and he continued to cut switchbacks randomly throughout the route. There were a lot of visuals from our volunteers that saw it. So now I’m thinking, “Well, what do I do now? Do I disqualify him? Do I just let it ride?” Every other runner, not exactly every other runner, Ricky Gates who was right behind him was a little ticked off. He wasn’t liking it very much. So Ricky followed the route; he stayed on course. For Ricky, it was a closed course. As they headed into Mineral Basin, I don’t know how many switchbacks Kilian cut. I couldn’t see. But as he left Larry’s Hole he cut a few more. He was told at mile 20 that he was not supposed to cut switchbacks. Then he did it again descending Little Cloud Bowl into the finish line. So now here I am in this tough position to say, “How do I monitor this? What do I do? Do I disqualify Kilian Jornet? Do I just let it ride?”

So what I did… Kilian ended up crossing the finish line first in 5:14, which is ridiculously fast. Rickey Gates was 5:18 and change. I told Kilian when he initially crossed the line, “Hey, I may have to disqualify you because of cutting the course.” Kilian is a very gracious athlete and he said, “Yes, it’s ok. I understand. It’s ok.” I was pretty psyched about that. He was really gracious. He’s a great kid, because I’m old. At the same time, I waited a little while to decide what the final decision would be. I talked to 10 to 20 people. I got their insight and input. The most important input I got was probably was something that Pikes Peak did years ago when a few Europeans came over and they cut corners. I don’t know if they technically won the race, but they cut the corners. They didn’t disqualify them, but what they did do is they didn’t pay them the prize money. I said, “You know what? That’s probably a reasonably fair thing to do.”

To be honest with you, I hated to do this. I hate to be in this position. Some people will think I’m a bad guy for the decision that I made, but honestly, I think it was kind of the right decision. I couldn’t say “DQ. You’re out. Done. See ya next year maybe? Maybe not.” I really want this race to continue as a Skyrunning race. I want it to continue. I made the ultimate decision of going with what Pikes Peak did, and we paid Rickey Gates as the winner. Rickey also beat Kilian to the top, so he gets $1,000 bonus. He was also under the record. So Ricky gets $4,000, and, unfortunately, Kilian doesn’t get any money. I still gave Kilian Jornet the win, because as a Skyrunning Series program, I really want to keep that. I don’t want to diss him out on that whole thing. That’s kind of how they race in Europe and in all the other races, so I let that ride.

Kilian, again, was a very gracious athlete. He’s a really cool guy. Rickey felt good about it. A lot of the other spectators that know what my decision was, they thought that was good. Ultimately, the bottom line is that Rickey Gates will get the course record, technically the course record, because he followed the course. Again, it’s such a hard decision to make. Kilian was very gracious about it. So it is what it is.”

So Rickey Gates gets the course record and the prize money, but Kilian Jornet wins the 2012 Speedgoat 50K.

I’m glad I wasn’t in Karl’s shoes to make that call on Kilian and Rickey, but he seemed to do all he could to make a fair decision.

If it had been me? If Rickey has all the winning prize money and the course record then he should have been given the win as well. It’s easy to Monday Quarterback though!!!

[source: IRunFar]

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Rocky Raccoon Ultra Marathon 100 Mile Race Logo

2011 Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile Trail Run Results

An elite field showed up in Huntsville, Texas this Saturday for the 2011 Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile Trail Race that included Scott Jurek, Anton Krupicka, Karl Meltzer, Liza Howard, Zach Gingerich and a young pup by the name of Ian Sharman, who not only won the race but set a course record by 32 minutes with a time of 12:44:33.

Liza Howard was the first female finisher with a blazing time of 15:33:09

Here is a look at the top finishers from 2011RR100:

100mi
1 12:44:33* Ian Sharman 30 CA
2 13:18:52 Anton Krupicka 27 CO
3 13:26:19 Hal Koerner 35 OR
4 14:27:20 Karl Meltzer 44 UT
5 15:33:09 Liza Howard F 39 TX
6 15:58:38 Brad Reed 27 MA
7 15:59:35 Paul Hopwood 47 HI
8 16:34:46 Michael Arnstein 34 NY
9 16:53:31 Mike Wolfe 33 MT
10 17:25:55 Luis Guerrero 47 Mexico
11 17:30:09 Michael Alfred 29 CA
12 17:34:49 James Brennan 32 VA
13 17:34:49 Harvey Lewis III 34 OH
14 17:37:15 Richard Kwiatkowski 45 VA
15 18:09:55 Ryan Loehding 38 TX
16 18:10:47 Peter Vrolijk 52 TX
17 18:26:05 Adam Wilcox 29 NH
18 18:35:09 Brad Birkel 32 MA
19 18:45:26 Mark Matyazic 46 CA
20 19:24:43 Mosi Smith 28 MD
21 19:30:04 Hiroki Ishikawa 35 Japan
22 19:33:51 Matt Zmolek 30 TX
23 19:49:00 David Boudreau 39 NH
24 19:49:14 Lorenzo Sanchez 33 TX
25 20:10:55 Scott Loughney 40 OR
26 20:36:42 Matthew Prineas 46 MD
27 20:39:49 Pat Malaviarachchi 36 TX
28 20:39:49 Jeffrey Urbanski 25 DC
29 20:40:49 Julio Cesar Angel Andrade 44 Mexico
30 20:43:51 Jeff Holdaway 52 VA
31 20:46:49 Matt Crownover 38 TX
32 20:59:40 David Murphy 38 MO
33 21:00:23 Mark McCaslin 41 MI
34 21:22:10 Davy Crockett 52 UT
35 21:24:23 Matthew Grund 34 GA
36 21:30:10 Danny Ponder 52 OK
37 21:30:24 Andrew Pena Jr 49 TX
38 21:31:58 Phil Nimmo 47 TX
39 21:40:24 C.B. Fralich 38 OR
40 21:49:34 Ted Philip 45 MA
41 21:53:21 Edward Daly 44 MS
42 21:53:27 Andrew Harding 50 MI
43 21:53:48 Michael Hettinger 36 TX
44 22:01:50 Jeff Woody 47 TN
45 22:04:05 Jeff Arms 35 AK
46 22:09:10 Raymond Churgovich 45 CO
47 22:23:02 Steve Corbin 48 TX
48 22:24:55 Mike Poland 44 CO
49 22:34:39 Brian Recore 35 CA
50 22:36:31 Brenda Carawan F 34 VA
51 22:37:06 Jim Philip 43 FL
52 22:50:25 Daniel Barnett 47 UT
53 22:56:32 Dan Jordan 53 TX
54 23:10:00 Austin Barbisch 42 TX
55 23:16:09 Terri Pfeil F 44 CO
56 23:18:34 Sam Landry 50 LA
57 23:27:50 Iain Hughes 47 OH
58 23:32:23 Brian Medley 36 CA
59 23:32:24 Lisa DeYoung F 43 NC
60 23:33:31 Justin Andrews 34 NC
61 23:33:38 Mark Klein 27 CA
62 23:33:38 Erik Hanley 29 TX
63 23:34:12 Ted Hering 34 MO
64 23:34:14 Julie Grant F 26 TX
65 23:34:52 Brittany Klimowicz F 25 NY
66 23:42:31 Robert Nunez 40 TX
67 23:42:41 Anabel Pearson F 40 TX
68 23:44:53 Claude Hicks Jr. 51 TX
69 23:45:27 Andy Ralph 44 TX
70 23:47:46 Brian Pilgrim 44 NM
71 23:48:00 Lane Gremillion 37 LA
72 23:51:40 Bill Ford 48 OK
73 23:51:40 Kathy Hoover F 50 OK
74 23:54:03 Glen Delman 45 CO
75 23:54:21 Matthew Watts 54 CO
76 23:55:04 Dave Dawson 44 CO
77 23:55:06 Bobby Keogh 61 NM
78 24:05:06 Julie Hagen F 42 CO
79 24:11:35 Johnny Adams 49 MO
80 24:41:19 David Green 47 FL
81 24:48:36 Stan Beutler 53 UT
82 24:51:52 Philip Wiley 49 CO
83 24:54:20 Ingrid Hillhouse F 38 TX
84 25:07:29 Kevin Radel 51 WI
85 25:10:12 Larisa Dannis F 23 NH
86 25:10:12 Robert Lalus 36 NH
87 25:10:33 Bronson Kelly 38 UT
88 25:13:52 Scott Olmer 39 CO
89 25:16:12 Suzie Spangler F 40 MD
90 25:27:43 Tom DeKornfeld 57 MD
91 25:28:45 John Powers 47 TX
92 25:30:57 John Wallin 50 UT
93 25:31:03 Brent Bell 53 UT
94 25:42:35 Daniel Welch 26 NV
95 25:43:16 Katie Oglesby F 39 CO
96 25:44:49 Barbara Gahbauer F 35 CO
97 25:51:09 Michael McKenna 40 IL
98 25:52:18 Justin Wilkins 31 TX
99 25:53:11 Andrew Readinger 27 TX
100 25:56:18 Federico Alberto Vasquez Mendez 45 Guatemala
101 25:56:22 German Collazos 52 TX
102 26:02:43 Leslie Jacobi F 29 IL
103 26:04:40 Karen Felicidario F 45 TX
104 26:07:51 Brett Blankner 37 TX
105 26:13:48 Elaine Stypula F 45 MI
106 26:14:23 Richard Reaves 40 TX
107 26:21:16 Andi Ramer F 37 CA
108 26:26:53 Woolery Back 33 GA
109 26:27:51 Harold Lance 53 TX
110 26:33:22 Deanna Doohaluk F 35 IL
111 26:34:14 Les Ellsworth 56 TX
112 26:37:28 Beth Simpson-Hall F 52 WI
113 26:37:31 Mike Smith 53 IN
114 26:37:31 Casey Lopez 34 WI
115 26:40:51 James Austin 60 MI
116 26:42:49 Gary Beaty 40 TX
117 26:42:50 Brian Hart 44 OH
118 26:43:50 Stephen Sweezey 25 AK
119 26:47:53 Mark Beals 48 IN
120 26:51:20 Joey Smith 32 MS
121 26:51:20 Nathan Tadlock 31 MS
122 26:54:49 Brenda Bland F 51 WI
123 27:07:31 Miguel Valdez 35 TX
124 27:14:41 Martin Schneekloth 39 AL
125 27:14:43 Richard Trice 39 AL
126 27:16:01 Carlos Reyes 55 Guatemala
127 27:20:08 Brent Schmitter 33 WI
128 27:27:22 Kimberly Pilcher F 47 TX
129 27:29:34 Elise Harrington F 55 CO
130 27:31:07 Donald Cleveland 34 LA
131 27:34:02 Randy Saxon 50 MS
132 27:34:03 Michael Yarbrough 36 MS
133 27:35:25 Devon Kiernan 37 TX
134 27:38:59 Roland Gomez 29 TX
135 27:39:41 Sophia Wharton F 40 KS
136 27:39:51 David Allen 52 TX
137 27:50:41 Christine Criscuolo F 35 TX
138 27:52:57 Butch Allmon 55 TX
139 27:52:58 Max Roycroft 47 TX
140 27:53:48 Dennis Drey 59 NM
141 27:55:11 Francisco Moreno 49 TX
142 27:55:16 Edie Riedel F 40 LA
143 27:57:38 William Murphy 37 IL
144 27:58:13 Scott Harper 40 TX
145 27:59:48 Rolly Portelance 68 Canada
146 28:00:41 Jim Kronjaeger 52 TX
147 28:02:37 Chris Baldwin 37 AR
148 28:02:43 Chris Estes 38 TN
149 28:08:29 Edwin Cook 55 IL
150 28:11:39 Gerard Martinez 25 TX
151 28:19:22 Michael Hodges 32 CO
152 28:21:55 Jan Soderkvist 51 Sweden
153 28:25:40 Ken Childress 51 OK
154 28:27:40 Andrew Edwards 39 AL
155 28:27:51 Dan Burstein 50 GA
156 28:28:07 Melinda Monyak F 24 PA
157 28:28:08 Mike Monyak 52 PA
158 28:36:56 Axel Reissnecker 57 TX
159 28:40:00 Laurie Senty F 51 MN
160 28:40:01 Julie Calkins F 29 CA
161 28:45:07 Pamela Chapman F 55 TX
162 28:47:57 Parvaneh Moayedi F 46 TX
163 28:48:43 Leonard Martin 57 TN
164 28:50:49 Jerry Fleming 61 TX
165 28:56:33 Josh Whiting 36 UT
166 28:59:26 Allan Holtz 60 MN
167 29:01:26 Jean-Jacques d’Aquin 71 CO
168 29:04:06 Sherry Meador F 45 OK
169 29:09:17 Holly Goodwin Chittenden F 52 WA
170 29:09:17 Francesca Carmichael F 51 WA
171 29:09:41 Robert Calabria 69 NC
172 29:11:05 Brian Briggs 45 TX
173 29:18:22 Mary Ntefidou F 40 TX
174 29:20:37 Travis Owens 46 OK
175 29:27:19 Kay Scott F 41 TX
176 29:30:22 Bob Becker 65 FL
177 29:39:03 Suzanne Yashewski F 36 TX
178 29:40:22 Randy Spears 50 TX
179 29:40:22 Jim Hill 40 TX
180 29:40:54 Tim Collins 48 KS
181 29:41:32 Mary Lou White F 55 CT
182 29:41:39 Dennis Wilson 53 NE
183 29:42:01 Emmett Rahl 39 CA
184 29:45:01 Alan Peterson 53 TX
185 29:47:02 Misty Schuster F 33 MN
186 29:47:02 Joshua Holmes 32 TN
187 29:48:36 Beiyi Zheng F 47 CA
188 29:48:37 Daniel Wilson 53 CO
189 29:50:33 Dalton Pulsipher 33 TX
190 29:55:32 Greg Bargo 28 TX

Elites Scott Jurek and Zach Gingerich dropped out and did not finish RR100.

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