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Ultra runner breaks his own record, defends 2001 title

Thousands of runners particapated in the Lake Tahoe Marathon which went from Tahoe City to South Lake Tahoe Sunday. Highway 89 southbound was closed for most of the day making tavel along the west side of the lake difficult. Photo by Brian Corley

Sean Meissner is quickly earning a name for himself as the undisputed champion in the Lake Tahoe Marathon’s Ultra 3-Day Stage Marathon.

Meissner, 29, from Sisters, Ore., finished first Sunday in the Ultra 3-Day Stage Marathon and reset his 2001 course record.

Meissner finished the three-day, 78-mile race around Lake Tahoe in 9 hours, 41 minutes and 1 second, beating his previous record of 9:54:58 from last year by a solid 13 minutes. His split times were 3:09, 3:17 and 3:15.

“I feel pretty tired,” Meissner said after the race. “I feel a lot better than I did yesterday. Yesterday was pretty bad.”

Meissner finished the second 26-mile leg from Spooner Summit to Incline Village in 3:17, but it took a lot out his legs during the long downhill on Highway 28.

“That just shot my quads,” he said. “This morning it took me about five mile to warm up. I kept going … and felt better and felt better and decided to go for it.”

Meissner said this is his seventh ultra race this year. It takes him about a week to recover from a 31-mile trail run. But the 78-mile pavement run along Lake Tahoe will likely take him a month, he said.

Jeff Riley, 33, from Coburg, Ore., finished runner-up with a combined time of 10:21:30.

Behind him was Kimball Hoff, 45, from San Bernardino, Calif., at 11:10:43.

For the women, Swanson Gunhild, 58, from Spokane, Wash., finished first at 11:31:25. Behind her was Kate Kay, 26 from Kemah, Texas (11:56:15) and Judith Hernandez, 47, from Grand Terrace, Calif., at 14:28:13.

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