Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Glimpse Behind the Hardrock

A Glimpse Behind the Hardrock
By Ian Torrence

Note: I gathered my statistics for this piece from both the Hardrock 100 website and this Tom Caughlan iRunFar.com article.

As Emily Harrison and I pulled into Albuquerque, New Mexico, the setting for the annual December Hardrock Hundred Run lottery, a light dusting of snow and an invigorating nip in the air welcomed us — appropriate weather when deliberating an epic event like Hardrock. For the sake of transparency, the race’s Board of Directors requested, for the first time in the event’s 24-year history, that outside witnesses be present during the 2017 drawing. Emily and I were asked to serve as two of these independent observers. Heather Sackett, a freelance writer from Telluride, was the third.  Here’s her write-up on how she perceived the day.
For those unfamiliar with this 100.5-mile high altitude ultramarathon, the race starts and finishes in the small southwestern Colorado town of Silverton. This mountain hamlet, with an elevation (9,308’) 14 times greater than its population (roughly 650), would set the stage for one of the world’s most “wild and tough” endurance events. The run, aptly described as “graduate level” by event management, earns its scholarly reputation with 33,050’ of elevation gain, 13 mountainous crossings higher than 12,000’, an ascent of 14,048’ Handies Peak and the participant’s need to negotiate snow, lightning, off-trail route finding, river crossings, altitude sickness, sheer and exposed slopes and remote wilderness spaces where aid is infrequent.
Those outside of the ultrarunning sport might assume that a race of such difficulty would have trouble filling its roster. However, this isn’t the reality. Drawn by Hardrock’s unique adversity, scenery and life-altering experience 1,966 ultrarunners qualified and registered for the 2017 lottery, almost 600 more lotto entrants than 2016.
Ken and Margaret Gordon hosted the lottery at their home nestled at the base of the prominent Sandia Mountains. Ken’s a five-time Hardrock finisher, Board member and race director of the Mt. Taylor 50K. Margaret, who finished Hardrock in 2015, welcomed us with her homemade scones and frittatas. Then, as the clock ticked closer to the gathering’s 8am start, a who’s who of Hardrock arrived.

·      Betsy Kalmeyer – Board member, course flag pulling director, 17-time HRH finisher, 5-time winner
·      Roch Horton – Board member, Kroger’s Canteen Aid Station Captain, 10-time HRH finisher
·      Blake Wood – Vice-President, 20-time HRH finisher and previous winner
·      Dave Coblentz – Treasurer, 9-time HRH finisher
·      Charlie Thorn – Board member, course coordinator, 10-time HRH finisher
·      Ricky Denesik – Board member, 7-time HRH finisher and previous winner
·      Andrea Feucht – Secretary, 3-time HRH finisher
·      Dale Garland – Race Director
·      Kris Kern – President, 14-time HRH finisher

What followed was more than I anticipated. My original impressions were that I’d be simply pulling tickets for an hour or so. Instead, this became an opportunity to get deep within the engine of a wildly popular and successful ultramarathon.

Emily cutting tickets.

The day began when Blake handed Emily and me a pile of uncut ticket sheets. Charlie handed us scissors. Like the others, we began the arduous and old school practice of cutting out each individual voucher. Roch provided occasional quality control by making rounds and checking trash scraps and the floor for misplaced tickets. The process took more than hour with more than a dozen people on task. Almost 8,500 tickets were cut and divided into three bowls.
    1. Veterans – Those who have finished 5 or more Hardrock runs.
    2. Never Started – Registrants who have never started Hardrock.
    3. Everybody Else – Runners who don’t fall into either of the above categories.
Before the greatly anticipated lottery drawing began, the fourth of four annual Hardrock Run Board meetings was held. I sat in the background and listened to the group converse, debate, motion and refer to bylaws on several different topics including:
  •     A debrief from Andrea about what she learned from her guest appearance at a recent Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Board meeting
  •     A discussion on how to handle past and future Hardrock lottery registrations (their statement is announced here)
  •     Dialogue on the Joel Zucker Memorial Scholarship
  •     Voting of new Board members (this announcement will come soon as well)
Once the Board meeting adjourned, it was time for the lottery. Here’s how it went down.

Pulling the first ticket.

The Hardrock Board realizes that the event is in a unique, but difficult situation —145 starters must be chosen from 1,966 entrants (a number that continues to grow yearly). They have “wrestled a lot with how to strike the proper balance between rewarding long-time supporters, getting in new blood, maintaining Hardrock's ‘small run’ feel, and making it an interesting run.” Per their website, they feel “that our ideal mix of runners would be about 30% first-time Hardrockers, one-quarter or so veterans (i.e. >= 5-time finishers), and up to 50% everyone else.” Instead of one, three lotteries (one for each category) would be held. Other factors that affected the lottery’s outcome included:
  1. Previous year’s winners are automatic entrants. For 2017, this included Kilian Jornet, Jason Schlarb and Anna Frost. They counted against the Everyone Else lottery pool.
  2. Hardrock may bypass the lottery by selecting up to five runners “that has tried for many years to enter, or who has given exceptional service to the HRH, or that Hardrock thinks will bring added interest to the run.” These runners must have entered the lottery and must also have qualified. Hardrock reserves the right not to disclose the names of the runners selected in this fashion.
The lottery in action.

We began with the Veterans drawing. Each of these applicants received one ticket for each previous Hardrock finish, plus additional “service tickets” as described here. 404 tickets from 43 Veterans were placed in a plastic, tape covered tub, shaken and pulled one at a time. I pulled the first ticket of the day and the jug was subsequently passed around the table — each person pulling one ticket at a time. Those in attendance, that had a ticket in the lotto, did not participate until their name was pulled. Andrea tweeted “live” results, Margaret taped acceptance tickets to a large white display board and Blake documented the names digitally. In all, 33 Veterans were selected. The remainder ended up on a separate Veterans specific wait list — their chances of getting in reliant on drops (or those who neglect to perform their service requirement) from the Veterans acceptance list.
The Everyone Else drawing took place next. 201 applicants with 747 tickets (determined this way) were passed around the room until their 67 slots were filled and an additional 50 Everyone Else selections were drawn and placed on this category’s specific wait list.
Finally, the Never Started lottery was held. 1,722 applicants with 7,339 tickets (determined in this manner) were poured into a large bowl (along with small pieces of dryer sheet to eliminate static cling), 45 were selected and 50 additional names added to the Never Started specific wait list.

The white boards showing accepted and wait listed runners.

The final lottery white boards were photographed and transferred to a digital version, which now lives on the event’s website.  Here are the 2017 HRH entrants and wait lists. Remaining tickets from each grouping were bagged and labeled for future reference purposes. The lottery was done at 2:00pm.

The author kissing the Hardrock in 2005.

It was both an honor and appreciated learning experience to participate in the 2017 Hardrock lottery. The Hardrock Board and race committee are passionate about their run and care deeply how the race is perceived globally. They believe strongly in tradition, retaining the event’s timelessness and maintaining a fair registration process for those that volunteer, qualify and participate with the hopes of one day kissing the Hardrock.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

What 200 Ultras Looks Like

200 Ultramarathon Finishes

I finished my 200th ultramarathon at the 2016 JFK 50 Mile. For the purposes of my record keeping, I consider an ultra to be any organized, competitive footrace longer than 26.2 miles. Other ultramarathoners have also reached this milestone. Notables like Roy Pirrung, Susan Donnelly, Catra Corbett, Tom Green (the father of the Grand Slam) and Rob Apple are among this group. Here's an inclusive list of my 200 ultramarathon finishes (including DNFs), marathon performances and a few other fun nuggets of information.


11/19/94      JFK 50 Miler                 Boonsboro, MD         6:57:18, 12th
12/17/01      Culo Grasso FA 50K           Clifton, MD           5:11:22, 9th

1/7/95        Fat Ass 50K                  Columbia, MD          3:53:29, 4th
3/11/95       Catoctin Trail 50K           Catoctin, MD          5:45, 5th
3/25/95       Hinte-Anderson Trail 50K     Bel Aire, MD          3:34, 2nd
4/22/95       Bull Run Run 50 Miler        Clifton, MD           8:12, 4th
5/13/95       Massanutten Mtn Trails 100M  Front Royal, VA       25:48:27, 6th
7/22/95       Vermont 100 Miler            Woodstock, VT         DNF at mile 63
9/2/95        Ground Hog 50 Miler          Punxsutawney, PA      7:21:45, 5th
9/23/95       Around the Lake 40 Miler     Canandaguia, NY       5:06, 1st
10/14/95      Hartford Marathon            Hartford, CT          2:59:42, 22nd
11/18/95      JFK 50 Miler                 Boonsboro, MD         7:12:24, 9th
12/10/95      OTHTC High Desert 50K        Ridgecrest, CA        3:41:41, 3rd

1/6/96        Red Rock Fat Ass 50K         Las Vegas, NV         4:23:28, 1stCR
2/11/96       Las Vegas Marathon           Las Vegas, NV         2:48:44
3/23/96       Crown King 50K               Crown King, AZ        4:31:38, 5th
4/6/96        American River 50 Miler      Sacramento, CA        6:57:33, 16th
5/4/96        Massanutten Mtn. Trails 100M Front Royal, VA       22:19, 2nd
10/13/96      Mt. Rushmore Marathon        Black Hills, SD       2:58:12, 7th
10/19/96      Mtn. Masochist 50 Miler      Lynchburg, VA         8:05:57, 8th
10/27/96      Marine Corps Marathon        Washington, DC        2:58:06, 191st
11/23/96      JFK 50 Miler                 Boonsboro, MD         6:50:33, 18th
12/8/96       OTHTC Hi Desert 50K          Ridgecrest, CA        3:34:09, 3rd

1/4/97        Red Rock Fat Ass 50K         Las Vegas, NV         4:44:12, 1st overall
2/9/97        Las Vegas Marathon           Las Vegas, NV         2:47:58, 76th
3/1/97        Mugu 50M                     Oxnard, CA            10:31, 1stCR
3/2/97        Mugu 50K                     Oxnard, CA            6:28, 1stCR
3/14/97       San Juan Trails 50K          Cleveland NF, CA      4:34:57, 8th overall
4/4/97        American River 50 Miler      Sacramento, CA        6:45:13, 16th
5/31/97       Old Dominion 100 Miler       Woodstock, VA         17:31, 2nd overall
8/9/97        Baldy Peaks 50K              Angeles NF, CA        5:58:18, 3rd overall
8/23/97       Spring Mtn. 36 Miler         Las Vegas, NV         5:52, 1st overallCR
9/29/97       Angeles Crest 100 Miler      Angeles NF, CA        20:40:38, 5th
10/11/97      Cuyumaca-Laguna 50K          San Diego, CA         4:20, 1st overall
11/23/97      JFK 50 Miler                 Boonsboro, MD         6:33:59, 3rd overall
12/13/97      Death Valley Marathon        Death Valley, CA      3:10:09, 2nd overall
12/28/97      Sadomasochist 50K            Santa Monica Mtns, CA 4:06:40, 3rd overall

1/3/98        Red Rock Fat Ass 50K         Las Vegas, NV         4:15:06, 1st overallCR
2/1/98        Las Vegas Marathon           Las Vegas, NV         2:42:49,25th overall
2/15/98       GWB-Day Marathon             Greenbelt, MD         2:53:38, 7th overall
2/28/98       Mugu 50 Miler                Oxnard, CA            8:38, 3rd overall
2/29/98       Mugu 50K                     Oxnard, Ca            5:10, 2nd overall
3/15/98       San Juan Trail 50K           Cleveland NF          4:13:51, 1st overall
3/28/98       GNC 100K                     Pittsburgh, PA        8:01:35, 8th overall
4/25/98       Zane Grey 50 Miler           Payson, AZ            9:41:29, 3rd overall
5/16/98       Bishop High Sierra 50M       Bishop, CA            7:33:25, 1st overallCR
6/27/98       Western States 100M          Squaw Valley, CA      22:40:36, 33rd
7/18/98       Vermont 100M                 Woodstock, VT         16:38:08, 2nd
8/15/98       Mule Run 50K                 Bishop, CA            4:00:07, 1st overallCR
8/29/98       Spring Mtn. 36M              Las Vegas, NV         6:06, 1st overall
9/6/98        Run on the Sly 50K           Pollock Pines, CA     4:20:32, 1st overall
9/26/98       Angeles Crest 100M           Wrightwood, CA        20:52:22, 4th
10/17/98      Mountain Masochist 50M       Lynchburg, VA         7:25:30, 3rd overall
11/21/98      JFK 50M                      Boonsboro, MD         6:26:42, 7th overall

1/2/99        Red Rock Fat Ass 50K         Las Vegas, NV         4:13:33, 1st overallCR
1/30/99       San Gabriel Mtns. 50K        LA, CA                4:19:26, 1st overallCR
2/7/99        Las Vegas Marathon           Las Vegas, NV         2:45:29,55th overall
2/13/99       San Juan Trail 50K           Cleveland NF, CA      4:09:06, 1st overall
2/27/99       Catalina Island 100K         Avalon, CA            8:53:48, 1st overallCR
3/27/99       GNC/USATF 50K Champ.         Pittsburgh, PA        3:20:29, 7th overall
4/11/99       American River 50 Miler      Sacramento, CA        6:27:32, 8th overall
4/24/99       Zane Grey Highline 50M       Payson, AZ            8:31:55, 1st overallCR
5/10/99       Massanutten Mtn Trail 100M   Front Royal,VA        19:16:27, 1st CR
6/5/99        Shadow of the Giants 50K     Fish Camp, CA         3:52:53, 1st CR
7/24/99       White River 50 Miler         Greenwater, WA        6:48:23, 1st CR
8/21/99       Angeles NF 100K              Azusa, CA             8:50:32, 1st CR
9/11/99       Bulldog 50K                  Malibu, CA            3:58:58, 1st CR
9/25/99       Angeles Crest 100 Miler      Wrightwood, CA        20:26:16, 3rd
10/9/99       Cuyamaca-Laguna 50K          San Diego, CA         4:08:05, 1st
11/20/99      JFK 50 Miler                 Boonsboro, MD         6:09:27, 4th
12/5/99       High Desert 50K              Ridgecrest, CA        3:23:58, 1st

More ultra wins in a year than anyone else (12)
Southern California Ultra Series Grand Prix Men’s Open Winner
Mentioned in the voting for Ultrarunner of the Year (Ultrarunning Magazine)

1/8/00        Red Rock Fat Ass 50K         Las Vegas, NV         4:27:47, 1st
1/15/00       Phoenix National Trails 50M  Phoenix, AZ           7:01:32, 1st CR
1/29/00       San Gabriel Mtns 50K         Mt. Wilson, CA        4:09:55, 1st CR
2/6/00        Las Vegas Marathon           Las Vegas, NV         2:43:17, 60th
2/26/00       Catalina Island 100K         Avalon, CA            8:49:33, 1st CR
3/25/00       GNC 100K USATF Championship  Pittsburgh,PA         7:35:07, 6th
4/29/00       Highline Zane Grey 50 Miler  Payson, AZ            8:34:23, 1st
5/13/00       Massanutten Mtn Trails 100   Miler Front Royal, VA 20:14:23, 1st
6/26/00       Western States 100 Miler     Squaw Valley, CA      20:03:38, 12th
7/29/00       White River 50 Miler         Greenwater, WA        6:55:45, 2nd
8/6/00        Skyline 50K                  Castro Valley, CA     4:01:39, 3rd
9/9/00        Superior Trails 100 Miler    Silver Bay, MN        18:59:58, 1st CR
9/23/00       Cle Elum Ridge Run 50K       Cle Elum , WA         4:23:18, 2nd
10/8/00       Chancellor’s Challenge 100K  Boston, MA            7:39:07, 9th
10/21/00      Mountain Masochist 50 Miler  Lynchburg, VA         7:24:35, 3rd
11/4/00       JFK 50 Miler                 Boonsboro, MD         6:17:56, 3rd
11/11/00      Ron Herzog 50K               Granite Falls, WA     4:11:38, tied for 1st
11/26/00      Seattle Marathon             Seattle, WA           2:53:02, 19th
12/10/00      High Desert 50K              Ridgecrest, CA        3:28:19, 1st

4th in Ultrarunner of Year Voting (Ultrarunning Magazine)
Las Vegas Track Club Runner Of the Year Award


1/6/01        Las Vegas Red Rock FA 50K    Las Vegas, NV         4:33:03, 1st
2/10/01       Jed Smith 50K                Sacramento, CA        3:26:18, 3rd
2/24/01       Catalina Island 50K          Avalon, CA            3:54:16, 1st CR
3/10/01       Way Too Cool 50K             Cool, CA              3:46:41, 3rd
3/24/01       USATF National 100K/GNC      Pittsburgh, PA        7:37:51, 6th
4/7/01        Bull Run Run 50 Miler        Clifton, VA           7:08:50, 3rd
7/28/01       White River 50M USATF Champ. Greenwater, WA        8:48:05, 36th
9/14/01       CO Outward Bound Ultra Relay Glenwood Springs, CO  3:52,Team1st,50K leg,CR
10/6/01       Man vs. Horse 50 Miler       Prescott, AZ          6:38, 2nd
11/9/01       Trailwalker 100K             Hong Kong, China      12:52, 1st Team, CR
              (Ran with Nate McDowell, Dave Terry, Scott Jurek  Team:  Montrail/Protrek)
11/17/01      JFK 50 Miler                 Boonsboro, MD         6:29:23, 6th


1/5/02        Las Vegas Red Rock FA 50K    Las Vegas, NV         4:13:58, 1st
1/19/02       H.U.R.T. 100 Miler           Honolulu, HI          25:18, 1st CR
5/4/02        Whiskey Row Marathon         Prescott, AZ          2:58:55, 2nd
5/26/02       Black Canyon 50K             Montrose, CO          6:07, tied for 1st CR
6/1/02        Squaw Peaks 50 Miler         Provo, UT             8:21:57, tied for 3rd
6/29/02       Western States 100 Miler     Squaw Valley, CA      18:27:33, 8th
7/20/02       Vermont 100 Miler            Woodstock, VT         16:58:06, 8th
8/17/02       Leadville 100 Miler          Leadville, CO         20:38:42, 6th
9/7/02        Wasatch Front 100 Miler      Kaysville, UT         22:18:31, 4th 
              (Completed the Grand Slam in record time, 78:22:47)
9/20/02       CO Outward Bound Relay       Glenwood Springs, CO  4:53, 33M leg, 2nd Team
10/13/02      Durango Marathon             Durango, CO           2:56:50, 7th overall
11/23/02      JFK 50 Miler                 Boonsboro, MD         6:27:21, 3rd overall

Grand Slam of Ultrarunning Record Holder


1/4/03        Las Vegas Red Rock FA 50K    Las Vegas, NV         4:20:17, 1st overall
2/8/03        Pemberton Trail 50K          Fountain Hills, AZ    3:21:57, 1st overall CR
3/8/03        Way Too Cool 50K             Cool, CA              3:36:33, 4th overall
4/26/03       Zane Grey Highline 50M       Payson, AZ            8:50:06, 6th overall
5/3/03        Spring Desert Ultra 50M      Loma, CO              8:21:47, 2nd overall
6/28/03       Western States 100M          Squaw Valley, CA      18:57:05, 12th overall
8/2/03        White River 50M USATF Champ. Greenwater, WA        7:21:04, 6th overall
8/28-9/3      Colorado Trail Speed Record Attempt with Hal Koerner
10/11/03      Telegraph 50K                Durango, CO           3:54:15, 2nd overall
11/22/03      JFK 50M                      Boonsboro, MD         6:22:11, 5th overall

American Ultrarunning Association Ultrarunner of the Month (February)
Montrail Ultra Cup Series Runner-up


1/3/04        Las Vegas Red Rock FA 50K    Las Vegas, NV         4:23:13, 1st overall
1/24/04       Mountain Mist 50K Trail Run  Huntsville, AL        4:01:58, 1st overall CR
2/14/04       Red Hot FA 50K               Moab, UT              4:04:33, 3rd  
4/25/04       Zane Grey Highline 50M       Payson, AZ            8:44:39, 5th
7/31/04       White River 50M USATF Champ. Greenwater, WA        7:26:29, 8th
9/18/04       Angeles Crest 100M           Wrightwood, CA        23:41:18, 8th
10/16/04      Lake of the Sky 33M          Lake Tahoe, CA        4:32:30, 1st overall CR
11/20/04      JFK 50 Mile                  Boonsboro, MD         6:12:50, 2nd overall


1/8/05        Las Vegas Red Rock FA 50K    Las Vegas, NV         4:44:23, 1st overall
2/5/05        Pemberton Trail 50K          Scottsdale, AZ        3:25:52, tied for 2nd
3/19/05       Chuckanut Mtn. 50K           Bellingham, WA        4:14:08, 9th
4/2/05        American River 50 Miler      Sacramento, CA        6:50:38, 8th
4/23/05       Zane Grey Highline 50M       Payson, AZ            9:10:16, 3rd
5/7/05        Massanutten Mtn. Trail 100M  Front Royal, VA       DNF at mile 75
7/8/05        Hardrock 100 Mile            Silverton, CO         34:03:40, 13th overall
7/30/05       White River 50M USATF Champ  Greenwater, WA        7:37:19, 4th overall
8/21/05       Pikes Peak Marathon          Manitou Springs, CO   4:24:06, 13th overall
9/24/05       Moab Alpine to Slickrock 50M Moab, UT              9:00:34, 1st overall CR
11/19/05      JFK 50 Mile                  Boonsboro, MD         6:15:11, 2nd overall
12/4/05       Las Vegas Marathon           Las Vegas, NV         2:51:16, 51st overall


2/4/06        Pemberton Trail 50K          Scottsdale, AZ        3:33:42, tied for 2nd
3/18/06       Crown King Scramble 50K      Crown King, AZ        4:35:26, 1st overall,CR
4/22/06       Leona Divide 50M             Lake Elizabeth, CA    6:54:49, 5th overall
5/6/06        Miwok 100K                   Marin Headlands, CA   8:56:12, 8th overall
6/24/06       Western States 100M          Squaw Valley, CA      20:18:06, 10th overall
9/23/06       Moab Alpine to Slickrock 34M Moab, UT              3:49:28, 2nd overall
11/18/06      JFK 50 Mile                  Boonsboro, MD         7:05:18, 22nd overall


1/6/07        Las Vegas Red Rock FA 50K    Las Vegas, NV         4:53, 1st overall
2/17/07       Moab’s Red Hot 50K+          Moab, UT              4:44:20, 2nd overall
3/3/07        Old Pueblo 50 Miler          Sonoita, AZ           7:57:22, 5th overall
4/28/07       Zane Grey 50 Miler           Pine, AZ              10:15, 6th overall
5/26/07       Mad City Marathon            Madison, WI           3:00:11, 13th overall
6/23/07       Western States 100 Miler     Squaw Valley, CA      DNF at 80 miles
11/17/07      JFK 50 Mile                  Boonsboro, MD         DNF at 34 miles


1/13/08       Redding Marathon             Redding, CA           2:49:27, 2nd overall
1/19/08       SOFA Fat Ass 50K             Galice, OR            4:41, 2nd overall
2/16/08       Moab Red Hot 50K             Moab, UT              4:24:39, 5th overall
3/8/08        Way Too Cool 50K             Cool, CA              3:52:15, 17th overall
5/10/08       Quicksilver 50 Mile          San Jose, CA          7:19:18, 3rd overall
7/19/08       Tahoe Rim Trail 100 Mile (USATF Champ)Spooner Lk,NV21:53:10, 4th overall
8/16/08       Where’s Waldo 100K           Willamette Pass, OR   10:51:30, 8th overall
9/7/08        McKenzie River 50K           McKenzie Bridge, OR   3:44:48, 2nd overall
10/12/08      Chicago Marathon             Chicago, IL           2:50:36, 205th overall
10/25/08      World of Hurt 34M            Las Vegas, NV         DNF at 20 miles
11/22/08      JFK 50 Miler                 Boonsboro, MD         6:34:57, 8th overall


5/16/09       Bishop High Sierra 50M       Bishop, CA            7:45:50, 2nd overall
7/18/09       Tahoe Rim Trail 100M(USATF Champ) Spooner Lake, CA 22:02:45, 4th overall
8/9/09        Haulin’ Aspen Marathon       Bend, OR              3:10:43, 4th overall
11/21/09      JFK 50 Mile                  Boonsboro, MD         6:48:14, 20th overall

Winner of USAT&F Oregon Mountain Running Series


2/13/10       Pemberton Trail 50K          Fountain Hills, AZ    3:45:56, 4th overall
3/20/10       Mesquite Canyon 50K          Phoenix, AZ           4:29:48, 2nd overall
4/24/10       Zane Grey Highline 50 Mile   Pine, AZ              9:47:50, 3rd overall
5/15/10       Sky Mesa Pass Trail Marathon Gateway, CO           3:18:30, 1st overall,CR
6/26/10       Western States 100 Mile      Squaw Valley, CA      20:48:01, 45th overall
9/5/10        Run on the Sly 50K           Pollock Pines, CA     4:09:13, 1st overall
9/18/10       Pine to Palm 100M            Ashland, OR           25:24:54, 18th overall
11/20/10      JFK 50 Miler                 Boonsboro, MD         8:07:31, 109th overall

2/19/11       Moab Red Hot 55K             Moab, UT              5:09:22, 23rd overall
3/12/11       Mesquite Canyon 50K          Phoenix, AZ           5:05:10, 2nd overall
4/16/11       Zane Grey Highline 50M       Pine, AZ              12:22:28, 36th overall
8/21-26/11    Gore-Tex TransRockies Run    Buena Vista, CO       18:57:03, 6th Open Div
              (with Tim Olson Team Pearl Izumi/Nathan)
9/10/11       Water Is Life 50K            Polacca, AZ           4:22, 4th overall
10/30/11      Cave Creek Thriller          Cave Creek, AZ        DNF at mile 26
11/19/11      JFK 50 Mile                  Boonsboro, MD         7:24:15, 41st overall


2/18/12       Moab Red Hot 55K             Moab, UT              4:57:25, 18th overall
3/17/12       Chuckanut 50K                Bellingham, WA        4:51:19, 64th overall
4/21/12       Zane Grey Highline 50 Mile   Pine, AZ              10:52:58, 15th overall
5/20/12       Ohlone Wilderness 50K        Fremont, CA           5:23:29, 4th overall
6/30/12       Mormon Fat Ass 48 Mile       Flagstaff, AZ         8:06:00, 3rd overall
8/18/12       Leadville 100 Mile           Leadville, CO         DNF at mile 73
9/15/12       Alpine to Slickrock 50M      Moab, UT              10:30:20, 1st overall
9/29/12       Mount Taylor 50K             Grants, NM            5:19:33, 11th overall
11/3/12       USATF Trail Marathon Champs  Moab, UT              3:39:13, 30th overall
4th master
11/17/12      JFK 50 Mile                  Boonsboro, MD         6:49:32, 24th overall
2nd master
12/8/12       McDowell Mountain Frenzy 50K Fountain Hills, AZ    4:13:23, 7th overall


2/16/13       Moab’s Red Hot 55K           Moab, UT              4:43:58, 18th overall
4/15/13       Boston Marathon              Boston, MA            2:59:32, 2007th
4/27/13       Zane Grey 50 Mile            Pine, AZ              11:28:53, 26th overall
5/19/13       Ohlone 50K                   Fremont, CA           5:11:01, 4th overall
7/20/13       Tahoe Rim Trail 100M         Spooner Lake, NV      28:05:37, 41st overall
8/18/13       Run On The Sly 50K           Pollock Pines, CA     4:15:49, 2nd overall
9/15/13       Flagstaff Endurance 50K      Flagstaff, AZ         5:31:41, 2nd overall
11/23/13      JFK 50 Mile                  Boonsboro, MD         6:44:41, 15th overall


2/8/14        Pemberton Trail 50K          Fountain Hills, AZ    3:44:04, 4th overall
3/2/14        Caumsett 50K (USATF 50K Road)Lloyd Neck, NY        3:38:08, 11th overall
3/29/14       Behind the Rocks 50K         Moab, UT              4:33:03, 1st OA, CR
4/26/14       Zane Grey 50K                Pine, AZ              6:59:52, 27th overall
5/10/14       Ice Age Trail 50 Mile        Eagle, WI             7:36:49, 20th overall
6/22/14       Burton Creek Trail 50K       Tahoe City, NV        4:08:39, 1st overall
7/5/14        Moab’s Alpine 2 Slickrock 50MMoab, UT              10:00:18, 2nd overall
8/2/14        Angeles Crest 100 Mile       Wrightwood, CA        28:41:32, 51st overall
8/12-17/14    TransRockies Run w/Emily     Buena Vista, CO       18:47:44, 1st Open Mix
              (with Emily Harrison Team adiUltra/Nathan)
9/20/14       Flagstaff Marathon           Flagstaff, AZ         3:17:30, 4th overall
11/22/14      JFK 50 Mile                  Boonsboro, MD         6:51:18, 18th overall

Arizona’s Master Ultrarunner of the Year


1/10/15       San Tan 50K                  Queen Creek, AZ       4:43:37, 6th overall
2/14/15       Pemberton Trail 50K          Fountain Hills, AZ    3:47:21, 4th overall
3/1/15        Caumsett 50K (USATF 50K Road)Lloyd Neck, NY        3:36:02, 16th overall
              (USATF 40-44 National Champion)
3/28/15       Crown King Scramble 50K      Crown King, AZ        4:50:08, 10th overall
4/25/15       Zane Grey 50 Mile            Pine, Az              10:12:26, 17th overall
                                                                 1st master
5/16/15       Silver State 50 Mile         Reno, NV              8:25:09, 8th overall
6/28/15       Western States 100 Mile      Squaw Valley, CA      DNF at mile 62
8/16/15       Run On The Sly 50K           Pollock Pines, CA     4:36:17, 4th overall
10/3/15       Flagstaff Sky Race 55K       Flagstaff, AZ         7:36:10, 13th overall
1st master
11/21/15       JFK 50 Mile                   Boonsboro, MD              9:26:18, 229th overall

Arizona’s Master Ultrarunner of the Year


2/20/16       Elephant Mountain 50K        Cave Creek, AZ        5:15:36,4th,1st master
4/23/16       Zane Grey 50 Mile            Pine, AZ              12:34:58, 32nd overall
5/7/16        Wapack and Back 50 Mile      Ashburnham, MA        11:18:20,4th,1st master
8/20/16       Continental Divide 50K       Steamboat Springs, CO 5:04:06,4th,1st master
9/17/16       Flagstaff Marathon           Flagstaff, AZ         3:14:17, 1st overall
11/19/16      JFK 50 Mile                  Boonsboro, MD         7:17:47, 29th overall,5th master

The Numbers
200 ultra finishes
53 ultra victories
27 100-mile finishes
30 Course Records
22 Marathon finishes
22 JFK 50 Mile finishes
13 Zane Grey 50 Mile finishes
10 Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim’s (not included in this list)
8 DNF’s
2 6-day stage races
2 marathon victories