Long repeats as winner of Ponderosa Ridge Run
STATELINE, Nev. – Brett Long of Carson City defended his title at the 38th annual Ponderosa Ridge Run on Saturday.
Long, 34, a former standout runner at Hug High School in Reno and at Southern Oregon University, completed the 9.5-mile trail run from Spooner Summit to Kingsbury in 1 hour, 15 minutes, 32 seconds. His time represented an improvement of more than five minutes from last year.
Minden’s Derrik Jenkins, 21, placed second in 1:20:41. Jenkins is a 2008 Douglas High School graduate who now attends Brigham Young University.
Rounding out the top five were Kevin Peterson of Reno in 1:29:36, Robin DeSoto of Stateline in 1:32:21 and John Trent in 1:34:05. DeSoto and Trent were the first two finishers in the masters division for runners 40 and over. Trent was a finisher at the recent Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run from Squaw Valley to Auburn, Calif.
Karley Martinez, 16, of South Lake Tahoe was the first woman and first junior (18 and under) to finish. She ran 1:41:32 and was the ninth finisher overall.
South Lake Tahoe’s Elmer Sanborn, 75 and the oldest participant in the history of the race, finished in 2:42:05, two minutes faster than his time a year ago. Minden’s Frank Perry, 73, finished in 2:59:23, one minute faster than his time a year ago.
No awards are presented for winners in the race, but all finishers receive “Survivor” ribbons. The race course features an uphill climb over most of the first four miles and tops out at an altitude of nearly 9,000 feet.
– Dave Price is a reporter at the Lahontan Valley News.