Inaugural Burton Creek Trail Run attracts international crowd |

Inaugural Burton Creek Trail Run attracts international crowd

A field of elite runners and locals stood on the start line Sunday at Tahoe Cross Country for the inaugural Burton Creek Trail Run.

Racers from as far as Japan and France signed up for the race after the Western States 100 mile endurance run was canceled last week because of the surrounding forest fires.

“We captured the fallout of the race,” said race director Todd Jackson, who founded Big Blue Adventure. “They still get to have a great experience in North Lake Tahoe.”

When Jackson scheduled the Burton Creek 10- and 20-mile Trail runs he didn’t realize they were on the same weekend as the endurance run. When he found out the race was canceled he told a few racers about his event and word got out.

Both the 10- and 20-mile races took place at Burton Creek State Park and weaved through pine forests and meadows. The course was lined with wildflowers including mule ear and Indian paintbrush. The abundance of trails in North Lake Tahoe and the growing popularity of distance running is the reason Jackson added trail runs to the Big Blue calendar.

“We have a lot of great trail running venues,” Jackson said. “It’s a good way to showcase the area.”

Although a handful of experienced ultrarunners competed in Sunday’s races there were also those running their first race. Among those was local distance swimmer Karen Rogers. She said she decided to decided to compete in the 10-mile race for a challenge.

“Swimming 10 miles would be fine,” Rogers said. “But to running would be difficult. But it was easier than I thought it would be.”

Men’s 10-mile race

Peter Fain, Truckee, 1:06:41

Shawn Lawrence, Reno, 1:07:12

Mike Sunseri, Kings Beach, 1:10:16

Women’s 10-mile race

Sarah Raitter, Reno, 1:15:18

Maureen Sheehan, Friant, 1:24:36

Megan Greene, San Rafael, 1:25:18

Men’s 20-mile race

Benoit Laval, San Etienne, France, 2:16:13

Hiroki Ishikawa, Ka Nagawa, Japan, 2:28:14

Matt Lavine, Crystal Lake, Illinois, 2:31:21

Women’s 20-mile race

Gretchen Brugman, Truckee, 3:05:40

Shirlee Ross, Kelowna B.C. Canada, 3:39:34

Jean Suyenaga, San Jose, 3:46:42

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