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Six Days in the Dome Buckle – 2014 – Run It Fast

Six Days in the Dome Buckle (2014)

Six Days in the Dome Buckle - 2014 - Run It Fast

Here is the finisher’s buckle from the Six Days in the Dome ultramarathon that took place on August 4-10, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska.

The race consisted of a 24 hour, 48 hour, and 6 day races.

This is the same race where Joe Fejes set a USA record by running 580.3 miles in 6-days. Traci Falbo set several female records in running 242.35 miles during the 48 hour race.

Related Race Report48 Hours of Doom at Six Days in the Dome


[medal photo submitted by RIF #1 Joshua Holmes – follow him on Twitter @bayou]

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Joshua Holmes and Steve Durbin at Six Days in the Dome resize – Run It Fast

48 Hours of Doom at Six Days in the Dome – Race Report

Six Days in the Dome (48 Hour Race) 
Anchorage, Alaska – August 4-5, 2014

It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up nor wanted to miss. A chance to run the 48-Hour race at Six Days in the Dome with some of the all-time legends of ultra running. When Joe Fejes first told me about the race, the venue, and how he as going to try to break Stu Mittleton’s 6-Day record I knew I had to be there.

I knew it would start 12 days after I had run the Badwater 135. I knew I wouldn’t be my best, fresh, or perhaps even able to run it. I didn’t even buy my plane ticket until 6 days before the race. I also didn’t run a single step between my Badwater finish on July 22nd and the start of the Six Days in the Dome on August 4th.

I arrived in Anchorage around 3pm on Sunday, the third. I took a taxi to The Dome and arrived about 15 minutes later. I took a quick self-tour of the dome and didn’t see anyone else associated with the race. I then spent a few minutes on my phone trying to figure out where the pre-race mixer was taking place and to see if I had in fact packed a Toga (OK, that last part isn’t exactly true).

I found an email on my phone that the mixer was at Humpy’s. So I called the taxi company and arranged for a ride from The Dome to Humpy’s. I get to Humpy’s and can’t find Joe, other runners, or anyone else associated with the race so I walked out. Down $40 in cab fares to this point, and strapped down with my 50-pound backpack, I decided to walk the 3 miles to Wal-Mart to get stuff for the race instead of ponying up for another taxi. I probably should have called for a taxi but my frugality got the better of me. That was one very long three mile walk, with that heavy backpack on, in minimalist shoes, while the brisk Alaskan sun cooked me so slightly. I was smart enough to get a taxi back to The Dome after buying a good bit of junk at Sam Walton’s.

The Dome was a brisk with activity when I arrived back at it Sunday evening with my haul from Wal-Mart. I got my stuff settled at my race side table for the race and quickly made my pallet in a half dim room and relatively quickly, for me, found sleep.

The start of Six Days in the Dome was delayed 2 hours for timing issues. In retrospect, many of the 6-Dayers would say that was a sign of things to come. Everyone was ready to go at 9am and we got word that it would be delayed 1 hour until 10am and then that it would be delayed another hour until 11am. I had just taken a Gu Roctane and been through my pre-race rituals when news of the first delay got to me. Don’t let that sound like more than it is…I have very few pre-race rituals. But with a race delay, it’s beyond your control, and there is nothing you can do about it. So you wait along with everyone else. It affects everyone the same by and large.

Finally at 11am local time the race started. Most everyone probably started faster than they wanted to because of the pent up energy from being delayed for a couple of hours. I was pretty fast the first 40 laps on the 413 meter track but not nearly as fast as Zach Bitter who was there for one thing – to set the World Record for the fastest 100 miler.

I was lapping nearly everyone on the track at some point during that time, but Zach was lapping me what seemed like every 10 minutes or less. He was blazing fast, running like you’d see someone trying to put down a fast mile on a high school track. It would be easy to compare him to a gazelle or cheetah but in comparison to Zach any normally fluid animal’s form would be considered ragged and inferior.  And all the while he did it with a smile on his face, while we encouraged each other, and while he was gracious with every other runner on the track including going wide into lane 6 on several laps to high five dozens of elementary kids who were in The Dome for day camp that were cheering us all on. He was ultra smooth with the emphasis on smooth.

I ran really well for the first 15-20 miles. Through 20 miles I was right on pace to replicate my 100 mile PR time of 18:49 that I set at Across the Years back in late December.

However, my right ankle and feet were starting to bother me just 10 miles into the race. I thought it might be the shoes I was wearing (Hoka One One Conquest). So after 10 miles I changed into the Hoka One One Bondi B. The change helped very briefly before the pain and discomfort grew to a point that I knew a new 100-mile PR was not going to happen. The surface was harder than any other track I had run on before. I wasn’t the only runner to notice this early on in the race. Many complained about it as the race unfolded. I believe the hard surface along with the residual bruising, beating, and wear and tear from Badwater just 12 days before were likely the culprit for my feet and ankle feeling like they had been beaten over and over with an aluminum baseball bat.

And with that the entire race changed for me. I could have stopped at that point. There is no DNF after finishing 1 loop at a timed event. But I didn’t travel all the way to Alaska to run just 25 miles. For better or dumb I still wanted to knock off another 100 miler.  I walked as fast as I could and did so for most of the next 60 miles. The pain was still fluent, but it wasn’t as bad as it was when I would run. The bright side of walking for many hours on end was that I got to meet and talk with some of the pioneers and all-time legends of ultra running.

Those slow painful miles of walking were distracted by great conversations with Bill Schultz, Yolanda Holder, Marylou Corina, Joel Gat, Frank Bozanich, Josh Irvan, Andy Noise, Ken Rubeli, Bob Davidson, K-G Nystrom, Martin Fryer, Ed Ettinghausen, Lazarus Lake, Gregg Ellis, Brandon Wood, Francesca Carmichael, David Johnston’s son, Mark Mccaslin, Steve & Terri ‘Theresa’ Durbin and many others.

After about 15 hours of race time I took a shower and went down for a nice 3 hour nap in my sleeping bag. The rest and time off my feet helped a bit. I hit 24 hours with a paltry 71 miles. After about 80 miles I started to feel a bit better. The Dome had a gym full of weights right next to the track. So I’d lay down on the bench press, elevate my feet, and do a set of 40 reps just with the weight of the bar. This seemed to be a great magic trick to my body. I was able to run at a pretty good pace for several laps in a row after my chest pump. I believe elevating my feet, while sending the rush of warm blood to my chest, away from my legs and feet was a nice shot of adrenaline and redirect of the discomfort. I did this 3-4 more times over the course of that second afternoon and it helped each time.

I finally hit 100 miles in a Personal Worst of 33 hours and 45 minutes. I sat down and took a couple of small breaks before hitting 100 miles in an attempt to put my PW so far out of reach that I could never touch it again. I was extremely elated upon hitting 100 miles because of the mental focus and push it required to get to that point.

The miles were slow and painful after 100, but I continued to push through it. I made a deal with myself that if I made it to 110 miles before 1am that I’d go shower, lay down to sleep and not set an alarm. If I got up by 11am before the race was over I’d do more miles. If not I was content with what I had battled through to get to 110 miles in 38 hours.

I slept for 5-6 hours, quickly dressed, put on my shoes, and was back on the track at 7:30am with about 3.5 hours of race time left. I walked several laps at a brisk pace to wake myself up and to see how my feet, ankle, and the rest of my body was feeling. Once I felt like my body functioning at an operative level and well hydrated I started to feel the loud tick-tock of the race clock ticking down. I started chugging sweet tea and taking Gu Roctane again. I wanted to see how many more miles I could pour out of my body onto that concrete track before time expired. It was a point of the race where I could empty and dump all of my energy, and what remained in my body, to maximizing a strong effort until the end of the clock.

My motor started revving high and my legs started kicking and throwing down the soles of my shoes off the track at a pace that would have made a half marathoner and most 10K’ers proud. My laps went from 4:20 to 3:30 to 2:45 to 2:15, all the way down to 1:42 and 1:43 (6:40 mile/pace). I ran the last 20-24 laps between 1:42-2:10 and was able to put down several extra miles with my increased turnover of the track. I ran a couple of 7’s, and several 7:30-8 min miles during this stretch to conclude the race.

When I had started back at 110 miles, I had hoped to be able to get around the track enough to reach 120 miles.

The clock stopped and the trackside television monitor had me at 500 laps and 128+ miles. For some reason that number evolved down to 127.47 miles within a few hours of the conclusion of the race. It was nothing that I was going to throw a frenzy over or complain about at that point. As poor as my race had gone, I was able to feel really good with the way I finished it.

My quick explanation of my race is that I had a good four hours to start the race and a really great last two hours to conclude my 48 hour Six Days in the Dome…it was just that very poor and painful 42 hours in between those two strong stretches that had to be endured.

The highlight of my race was watching my friend Traci Falbo set a World and American record for running 242.35 miles in the 48 hour race. It was an amazing spectacle to behold. It was also a visual spectacular to watch Zach Bitter run 100 miles in 12:08 which is the third fastest American time ever. I also go to witness the first 60 hours of Joe Fejes’ U.S. record of 580.3 miles in six days. I was as equally impressed by power walking Run It Fast member Yolanda Holder who gracefully walked, at a very high speed, to 400 miles in six days.

A few days later, at the conclusion of all of the Six Days in the Dome races, I found out I was the 1st overall male winner for the 48 hour race. The 48 hour field was small, especially on the male side. I ended up 4th overall behind three great female performances and a mere 400+ laps behind Traci.

– joshua holmes

[photos: Jeff Genova/Joshua Holmes]

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Joe Fejes Six Days in the Dome Record Breaker – Run It Fast

Joe Fejes Breaks U.S. 6-Day Record at Six Days in the Dome

Georgia native Joe Fejes just set the 6-Day record with 580.3 miles at the Six Days in the Dome ultramarathon in Anchorage, Alaska.

The previous record of 577.75 miles was set by Stu Mittleman 30 years ago.

The race was the first competitive indoor 6-Day race since the 1994 race in La Rochelle, France.

Six Days in the Dome took place at The Dome which is an indoor track that measures 413 meters long, slightly longer than a traditional quarter mile track. The surface was harder than most participants expected, but the venue was flawless otherwise with it’s artificial lighting around the clock, restrooms right off the track, and ample infield area for runners to sleep and rest. Joe and others took their down time in RV’s they rented that were parked just outside a side door.

Fejes rose to national attention late last year at the Across the Years 6-Day race where he beat legendary ultrarunner Yiannis Kouros by putting down 555.36 miles to Kouros’ 550.157 miles. The first 6-Day defeat ever for Kouros.

Several other records were broken at The Dome including Traci Falbo running 242.09 miles in 48 hours to set the US 48-hour record and World 48-hour indoor record. Andrew Snope put down 136.98 miles to set the 24-hour record for most miles run barefoot.

[photo: Israel Archuletta]

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Traci Falbo – Umstead 100 Female Winner – 2012

Mike Morton Crushes Umstead 100 Mile Course Record (Results)

Florida native Mike Morton coasted and glided to a new course record at the Umstead 100 Endurance Run on March 31, 2012 in Raleigh, North Carolina with a time of 13:11:40.

The Florida native crushed the previous course record set by Zach Gingerich in 2010 of 13:23:02.

Second place finisher Jim Sweeney (14:14:25) and third place finisher Mark Manz (14:16:25) were fast enough for the 5th and 6th fastest times in race history.

The female winner was Indiana native Traci Falbo who easily won with a time of 17:02:39.

Second place female was Allison Moore (18:45:02) with third place going to Beth McCurdy (19:11:28).

2012 Umstead 100 Mile Top 10 Results

  1. Mike Morton – 13:11:40
  2. Jim Sweeney – 14:14:25
  3. Mark Manz – 14:16:25
  4. Jonathan Allen – 15:19:53
  5. Troy Shellhammer – 15:27:50
  6. Chris Ramsey – 15:35:58
  7. Garth Peterson – 16:48:01
  8. Traci Falbo – 17:02:39
  9. Greg Armstrong – 17:48:03
  10. Darian Smith – 18:25:27

Complete 2012 Umstead Results

Congrats to all of the finishers and to all of those who ran far enough to earn 50-mile finishes.

[photos: Umstead/Ben Dillon]

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David Riddle Makes Joke of 2012 Land Between the Lakes 50 Miler (Results)

David Riddle Makes Joke of 2012 Land Between the Lakes 50 Miler (Results)

30-year old David Riddle smashed Zach Gingerich’s year-old Land Between the Lakes 50 Mile course record on Saturday in Grand Rivers, Kentucky with a time of 5:53:22. He easily won the race over second place finisher Troy Shellhamer, who also ran a heck of a race in 6:25:10.

Gingerich’s old course record, set in 2011, was 6:22:57.

Riddle, from Cincinnati, Ohio, ran a 7:04 pace on the four-loop, rolling hills trail.

Amanda Lindsey was the female winner of the 50 mile trail race with a time of 8:11:20.  She finished an impressive 10th overall.

Top 10 Land Between the Lakes 50 Miler Results

  1. David Riddle – 5:53:22
  2. Troy Shellhamer – 6:25:10
  3. Craig Wheeler – 7:49:20
  4. Matthew Vest – 7:50:01
  5. Jeff Mires – 7:54:21
  6. Kai Keliikuli – 8:05:23
  7. James Barnard – 8:08:07
  8. Dylan Hammons – 8:08:41
  9. Brad Wunderlich – 8:11:10
  10. Amanda Lindsey – 8:11:20 (F)

Complete List of LBL 50 Mile Results

The beauty of the Land Between the Lakes is that, in addition to the 50 mile race, there is also a 60K (37 miles), marathon, 23k, and 10k.

The winner of the Land Between the Lakes 60K was Scott Breeden with a time of 4:32:28.

Second place and female winner was Melanie Peters in 4:57:44.

Top 10 Land Between the Lakes 60K Results

  1. Scott Breeden – 4:32:28
  2. Melanie Peters – 4:32:28 (F)
  3. Michael Trahan – 5:19:14
  4. Russ Goodman – 5:19:29
  5. Tim Miller – 5:34:47
  6. Derek Harris – 5:36:04
  7. Shaye Moskowitz – 5:5:39:46
  8. Jason Jones – 5:42:48
  9. David Krekeler – 5:43:51
  10. Brad Alsop – 5:50:30

Complete List of LBL 60K Results

The Land Between the Lakes Marathon winner was Jeremy Davis in a blazing time of 2:54:43.

Matt Parker and Shane Thread finished second and third respectively.

The female winner was Indiana native Traci Falbo with a time of 3:39:48. She finished an impressive 6th overall.

Top 10 Land Between the Lakes Marathon Results

  1. Jeremy Davis – 2:54:43
  2. Matt Parker – 3:08:09
  3. Shane Thread – 3:17:07
  4. Heath Fenton – 3:22:35
  5. Kelly Hutchins – 3:27:21
  6. Traci Falbo – 3:39:48 (F)
  7. Jeff Meystrik – 3:41:54
  8. Scott Moran – 3:43:16
  9. Scott Schroeder – 3:43:53
  10. Richard LoCicero – 3:49:25

Complete List of LBL Marathon Results

Blake Davenport won the Land Between the Lakes 23K with a time of 1:34:19.  He beat out Greg Fraze (1:41:51) and third place finisher Matthew Shoulta (1:42:28).

Top 10 Land Between the Lakes 23K Results

  1. Blake Davenport – 1:34:19
  2. Greg Fraze – 1:41:51
  3. Matthew Shoulta – 1:42:28
  4. Lewis Jackson – 1:42:52
  5. Todd Jones – 1:43:21
  6. Mark Ramsey – 1:43:29
  7. Josh Poynter – 1:44:40
  8. Charlie Shoulta – 1:48:18
  9. Paul Schell – 1:48:27
  10. Ryan Delaney – 1:48:56
Morgan Chaffin was the female winner of the 23K with a time of 1:52:18. She finished 12th overall.

Complete List of 2012 Land Between the Lakes 23K Results

Congrats to all of the finishers of the 2012 Land Between the Lakes races!

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Lost Dutchman Marathon

Justin Gillette Wins 2012 Lost Dutchman Marathon, Leah Thorvilson Takes Female Crown

Justin Gillette won the 2012 Lost Dutchman Marathon on Sunday (February 19, 2012) in Apache Junction, Arizona with a winning time of 2:31:03.

The Indiana native beat out second place finisher Tom Lipsie by over 9 minutes. Lipsie finished in 2:40:26.  Third place went to O’Canada’s Ken Myers in 2:41:41.

Top 10 Male Lost Dutchman Marathon Finishers

  1. Justin Gillette – 2:31:03
  2. Tom Lipsie – 2:40:26
  3. Ken Myers – 2:41:41
  4. Boone Ebel – 2:45:51
  5. Stephen Anders0n – 2:49:58
  6. Matthew Brake – 2:54:16
  7. Gary Krugger – 2:54:49
  8. Cliff Richards – 2:56:41
  9. Brian Zacher – 2:58:17
  10. Steve Dirkse – 2:58:39

Olympic Marathon Trials marathoner Leah Thorvilson easily won the Lost Dutchman Marathon winning by nearly 30 minutes with a time of 2:47:15. Leah finished 5th overall. She ran so fast that rumor has quickly circulated that she DID FIND the Dutchman.

Second place went to Traci Falbo in 3:14:23 with third place going to Brittany Orkney in 3:17:04.

Top 10 Female Lost Dutchman Marathon Finishers

  1. Leah Thorvilson – 2:47:15
  2. Traci Falbo – 3:14:23
  3. Brittany Orkney – 3:17:04
  4. Mary Hanna – 3:20:48
  5. Linda Tivorsak – 3:25:17
  6. Talva Parker – 3:25:42
  7. Camille Bloom – 3:26:33
  8. Ashlee Thomas – 3:27:27
  9. Angela Warren – 3:27:27
  10. Wendy Lathrop – 3:27:48

Full and Searchable 2012 Lost Dutchman Marathon/Half Marathon Results


*chip times and clock times were inverted, converted, and perverted on official race results page. I went with the chip time for each posted.

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2011 Flying Monkey Female Champ Traci Falbo with Fan Club

Ben Schneider Wins 4th Consecutive Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon (Results)

2011 Flying Monkey Marathon Winner Ben Schneider

Minneapolis native Ben Schneider won his 4th consecutive Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon on Sunday with a time of 2:38:38.

Here are his winning times from the past four years (most recent first): 2:38:38, 2:38:27, 2:38:56, and 2:36:25.

Gary ‘Avatar’ Krugger, the 2nd human to run a sub-3 hour marathon in all 50 states, came in second place in 2:55:51.  Feb ‘The Great Memphian’ Boswell rounded out the podium with a fleet 3:00:36.

Side note: John ‘You all know what I had for breakfast’ Ramsay came in fourth place.

Top 10 Flying Monkey Marathon Men

  1. Ben Schneider – 2:38:38
  2. Gary Krugger – 2:55:51
  3. Feb Boswell – 3:00:36
  4. John Ramsay – 3:00:45
  5. Greg Kyle – 3:04:19
  6. Jeff Mires – 3:07:36
  7. Doug Boomer – 3:15:00
  8. Josh Hite – 3:18:10
  9. Jason Chidester – 3:19:49
  10. Drew Watson – 3:20:40

Flying Monkey Female Winner Traci Falbo with Fan Club

Traci Falbo repeated as the female winner of The Monkey.  She blistered her competition with a 3:13:49 and finished 7th overall.

She ran a 3:21:43 last year in winning and a 3:44:28 back in 2009.  Congrats to Traci on the repeat!

Meredith Smith was the 2nd female Monkey across in 3:26:51 while Candice Schneider, wife of Ben (overall winner), took third place in 3:31:04

Top 10 Flying Monkey Marathon Women

  1. Traci Falbo – 3:13:49
  2. Meredith Smith – 3:26:51
  3. Candice Schneider – 3:31:04
  4. Theresa Saupe – 3:37:56
  5. Rachel Randall – 3:43:06
  6. Kristen Suvick – 3:43:28
  7. Stephanie Spurgat – 3:47:03
  8. Ashlee Tidwell – 3:47:23
  9. Sonia Mariano – 3:54:17
  10. Jessica Vihon – 3:54:25

2011 Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon Medal

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Ben Schneider Wins 2010 Flying Monkey Marathon

Ben Schneider Wins 2010 Flying Monkey Marathon

Ben Schneider pulled off the Monkey-3-peat by winning the 2010 Flying Monkey Marathon for the third consecutive year with a time of 2:38:27.  Schneider holds the course record of 2:36:25, set in 2008.  He has now won the race in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

‘Marathonjunkie’ Chuck Engle came in a distant 2nd at 2:54:43 with Josh Hite on his heels, and in Engle’s dust, with a time of 2:55:40.

Engle won the 2007 Flying Monkey by setting a then record of 2:45:35.  It was the second consecutive third place finish for Hite on Sunday.

Traci Falbo was the fastest female with at time of 3:21:20.  Catie Caldwell came in a close second at 3:23:50 with Meredith Smith claiming third place honors with a time of 3:26:52.

The marathon is considered one of the toughest in the United States with over 3,500 feet of climbs.

The Flying Monkey Marathon (website) is located within Percy Warner Park in the Harpeth Hills on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee.

2010 Flying Monkey Marathon Official Poster

Flying Monkey Marathon Photos

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Photos from the 2010 Flying Monkey Marathon

Photos from the 2010 Flying Monkey Marathon in Nashville’s Harpeth Hills.

Ben Schneider won the race with a time of 2:38:27 (Full Story).

Traci Falbo was the fastest female finishing at 3:21:20 (Full Story).

Many elite and freak runners were at the Monkey this year, in addition to Ben and Traci, including Dallas Smith, Chuck Engle, Josh Hite, Michael Henze, Naresh Kumar, Angela Ivory, Gary Krugger, Morgan Cummings, Catie Caldwell, Chris EstesMeredith Smith, and Samantha Green among many others.

(Check back later for more photos…maybe)

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