Rim Trail records obliterated
Based on results from the first two years of the Tahoe Rim Trail 100-mile endurance run, one has to be a rocket scientist to win the event.
Jasper Halekas of Oakland defended his 100-mile title as he shattered last year’s record with a winning time of 18 hours, 16 minutes, 1 second. Halekas, who works at a national laboratory in Livermore, Calif., and resides in Oakland, posted a winning time of 20:18:03 in 2006.
“It was an amazing run,” said co-race director David Cotter. “It looked like he was out for an evening 6-miler.
“He’s been running extremely well this year and set a couple course records in other places. He trained quite a bit on the actual course this year because he wanted to do much better.”
Carson City’s Steve Roark, who was third in 2006, finished fifth in a personal-best time of 21:28:34.
Records were obliterated by three other 100-mile division winners: Derrick Carr of Fredericksburg, Va., 21:41:40 (old record 23:02:39); Reno’s Molly Zurn, 23:32:12 (26:56:43); and Long Beach’s Kim Gimenez, 24:47:59 (26:56.43).
The 100-miler also served as the national championships for the Road Runners Club of America and USA Track and Field. Halekas’ record was one of eight marks broken in the seven-year-old event. Cooler temperatures than usual contributed to some faster times by the competitors, according to Cotter. Temperatures changed as much as 60 degrees from the ridges to Red House Loop in the canyon.
“It was really pleasant,” said South Lake Tahoe’s Alan Barichievich, who completed the 50-mile race in 10:04:47, noting that it was windier than past years. “It was extremely windy at Marlette Peak and Snow Valley Peak. It’s a combination of the altitude and the constant up and down of the course that make it tough.”
Truckee’s Peter Fain broke the 50-kilometer mark with his winning time of 4:33:29. The former record was 4:37:25.
Two other records fell in the 50K, including Fred Zalokar of Reno breaking the masters mark by 10 minutes in 4:41:09. Julie Young eclipsed the women’s masters record with her time of 5:35:52 (old mark was 5:43:08).
Women’s 50K overall winner Elizabeth Lyles was one of four winners not to break a record. Her first-place time was 5:30:30.
South Shore 50K results included: Bruce Eisner, 6:14:07; Lonny Mallery, 7:12:46; Francesca Stone, 7:59:13; Sharlee Cotter, 8:37:45; Sandy Hill, 9:12:47; and Laura Chappel, 12:44:10.
Another record was wiped from the books in the 50-mile race. First-place women’s finisher Devon Crosby-Helms of San Francisco rewrote the record by 21 minutes, completing the task in 8:39:30.
Other 50-mile winners were men’s overall titleholder Thomas Reiss of San Luis Obispo (81:10:03), women’s masters champ Juliet Morgan (10:16:34) and men’s masters top finisher Tim Twietmeyer of Auburn (8:45:55). Twietmeyer, best known for his long run of sub-24 finishes in the Western States 100, was only 90 seconds off the men’s masters record.
The event reached it 400-runner maximum and that won’t likely change in the future as word continues to spread about one of the most scenic runs in the country.
“A lot of people are surprised when they come to the venue because it’s some of the most spectacular scenery in the nation. Some may say I’m biased because I’ve lived here all my life; that’s what everybody says coming off the course,” Cotter said.