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Locals rip in Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs

Local athletes represented their home turf well in all three distances of the Tahoe Rim Trail 50K/50M/100M Endurance Runs this past weekend.

While Matt Hart of Salt Lake City and Claire Walton of England raced to respective wins in the 100-miler, Truckee's Jenelle Potvin finished third among women in her first-ever attempt at the distance.

Another Truckee runner, Peter Fain, finished second overall in the 50-miler — about eight months after undergoing knee surgery — while Rachel Barth of Incline Village was the top woman in the 50K and fellow Incline runner Ross McMahan was second overall in the same race. Jamie Adams of Kings Beach was third overall in the 50K.

Hart, 37, claimed his victory in a time of 19 hours, 14 minutes, 43 seconds to runner-up Aaron Heidt's 20:01:19. Jon Robinson of Seattle was third in 20:07:20 and was followed by Walton, who was the top woman and fourth overall in 21:46:22.

Candice Burt of Bellingham, Wash., was the second woman and seventh overall in 22:50:47, and Potvin came in third among women and 14th overall in 25:12:49. Potvin, who said she was feeling surprisingly strong late in the race — even leaving her pace person behind — powered out to the finish line, covering her final 10 miles faster than she did miles 40-50.

“I was very happy with my pacing, and how I had stayed on top of my nutrition, hydration, attitude — all of the things that contributed to the positive result,” said Patvin, 30, who credited her supporters for the invaluable help they provided on the trail, including Truckee ultrarunner Betsy Nye.

Shane Johnson of Incline Village finished 10th overall in his first 100-miler, posting a time of 23:35:58. Only 84 of the roughly 150 athletes who started the race finished within the 35-hour cutoff.

Fain led the 50-mile run for about 46 miles before he ran out of gas and was passed by winner Alexander Kaine. “I couldn't get myself out of first gear,” Fain said, explaining how, in retrospect, he did not eat or drink enough over the course of the race, which was only his second since his surgery.

Kaine recorded a time of 8:35:07 to Fain's 8:44:28, while Curt Casazza was third in 8:50:25. Sarah Johnston was the top woman in 10:35:40, Christy Mahon was the second woman in 10:42:46 and Katie Murphy was third in 10:43.

Rachael Woods, public relations manager at Homewood Mountain Resort, finished fourth among woman and 28th overall in a time of 10:44:56 — in spite of a “pesky, recurring injury” that caught up with her during her run.

There were 235 people registered for the 50-miler, making it the most popular distance.

Jon Olsen of Modesto, who was third in the 100-miler last year, took the win ahead of the aforementioned Ross McMahan and Jamie Adams in the 50K. Olsen posted a time of 4:54:03 to McMahan's 5:20:22 and Adams' 5:23:42.

Incline Village's Rachel Barth was the top woman and seventh overall in the 50K in 6:06:24. Annie Rutledge (6:08:39) was second among women and Caroline Walden (6:33:27) was third. A total of 198 people registered for the 50K.

“This event was top-notch from every aspect, especially the volunteers,” Potvin said. “I very highly recommend it to anyone contemplating an ultra.”

All three races started and ended at Spooner Lake State Park. The 100-mile course record remains at 17:47, set by Thomas Crawford in 2010.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 26, 2012 05:39PM Published Jul 26, 2012 05:36PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.