Truckee runners defend Sierra Crest Ultra Run titles |

Truckee runners defend Sierra Crest Ultra Run titles

Truckee runners Kati Clark and Nick Sterling pose on Saturday, Aug. 5, after each won the Sierra Crest 50-kilometer race for the second consecutive year.

For the second year in a row Truckee runners Nick Sterling and Kati Clark took home the top honors at the annual Sierra Crest 50K Ultra Run.

The two local runners returned to defend their titles on the 50-kilometer course, and while the route may have changed slightly from the previous year's race, the results remained the same.

After winning last year's race with a time of 4 hours, 11 minutes, 8 seconds, Sterling raced across the dirt trails between Truckee and Donner Summit to cross the finish line on Saturday, Aug. 5, with a time of 4:23:32 for first place, topping Mason Osgood, of Reno, Nev., by over 9 minutes. Jim Doucette, of Truckee, was the only other local in the top five, finishing the race with a time of 4:49:48 for fourth place.

On the women's side, Clark crushed last year's time of 5:23:49, finishing Saturday's race with a time of 5:02:23. She'd edge Alina Edwards, of Grass Valley, by more than a minute. Rebecca Anderson, of Truckee, finished in third place with a time of 5:22:46,

Conditions were nearly ideal for a summer run in the Sierra Nevada with cool temperatures and light rain as the 92 runners took on the 50-kilometer course, which featured 4,660 feet in elevation gain, and over 4,000 feet of loss.

The route was altered this year to include more of the Auburn Ski Club's summer trail system, according to race director Megan Seifert, while the race itself received a permit from the U.S. Forest Service to allow 300 runners on the trails. That was up from last year's permit to allow 200 competitors.

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The racing also featured a 30-kilometer distance and a 15-kilometer route, resulting in a record turnout for the event, according to Seifert, with 269 competitors taking part in the three races.

In the men's 30-kilometer race, Tom Sullivan, of Reno, captured the win with a time of 2:21:48. Truckee runners Chris Cloyd and Adam Broderick finished second and third, respectively. Robert Schwartz would make it three local runners in the top five with a time of 2:31:48 for a fifth-place finish.

On the women's side, Truckee runners put on a dominant display with the top-three finishes, and six out of the top seven.

Leigh Moffett led the way with a time of 2:40:36. She was followed in by Lenka Sterling with a time of 2:47:03. Sterling came off a first-place finish at the Squaw Mountain run on July 29.

Christie Jackson was the third fastest woman on the day, finishing the race with a time of 2:56:47. Truckee runners Angela Costmagna, Lizzie Larkins and Kari Chalstrom finished the race in fifth, sixth and seventh place, respectively.

In the 15-kilometer race, Jeff Huxhold took the overall win with a time of 56:57. Tahoe City's Peter Holmes was third, and last runner to break the 1-hour mark, finishing with a time of 59:46. On the women's side, Jennifer Kobert, of Kentfield, Calif., took the win with a time of 1:16:45, to edge Truckee's Jenna Rohlf by 2 seconds.

The annual race is organized by the Auburn Ski Club Training Center and benefits the club's Nordic and biathlon programs.