Locals go the distance in Rim Trail ultra races
Truckee’s Erich Peitzsch ran to eighth-place in the 100-mile race and Peter Fain placed fourth in the 50-kilometer race Saturday during the fifth Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Run held Saturday and Sunday at Spooner Lake.
Peitzsch completed the 100-mile course ” a double loop run on trails between Spooner Lake and Mount Rose ” with a time of 23 hours, 57 minutes and 40 seconds in a race that started Saturday morning at 5 a.m. He received one of eight special belt buckles (nickel with a gold plated silver medallion inset) awarded to runners who broke 24 hours in the race.
Fain ran 4:52:45 to finish a close fourth in the 50K ” only 11 minutes out of first-place and less than two minutes out of second-place ” good for second place in his men’s 30-34 age group. Last year, Fain placed sixth overall in the Tahoe Rim Trail 50-mile race in 9:44:54.
In all, a total of 396 runners entered the 50K, 50-mile and 100-mile races.
Jasper Halekas, 30, of Oakland and the Vasque Ultrarunning Team member, was first to finish the 100-miler in a time of 20:18:03. Halekas, who has a PhD in Space Science from the University of California, Berkeley, finished second at the Bear 100 earlier last September and 10th at the Way Too Cool 50K in March.
Rod Bien of Bend, Ore., was second overall in 21:30:11 and Steve Roark of Carson City third in 22:51:33.
Peitzsch, 27, was pleased with his performance.
“It was a great course and it was actually nice to run a race close to home,” he said. “This race came together pretty well. I had a few stomach issues earlier in the day, but other than that, my body held up pretty well.”
Jack Driver of Soda Springs finished 11th in 26:24:29.
In the 50-mile race, Jeff Kozak of Bishop, Calif., successfully defended his race title with an 8:46:35 effort. Whit Rambach of Auburn who has competed in expedition length adventure races around the world, finished second in 9:07:09.
Reno’s Molly Zurn emerged as the women’s winner in 9:34:26, the third fastest time for a woman on the 50-mile course.
Other local finishers in the 50-miler included Jeff Swan of Truckee, who was 20th overall (10:46:10), Robert Kronkhyte of Tahoe City 30th (11:23:41) and David Johnson of Kings Beach 35th (11:40:02).
Sal Bautista of Los Angeles was the 50K (31 miles) winner in 4:41:47, the third fastest time ever for the course. Jonathan Olsen of Modesto finished second in 4:51:06, followed by Michael Moffett of Friant in 4:51:29 and Fain.
Other local finishers included Kip Garre of Olympic Valley in 12th (5:48:35), Ralph Johnson of Truckee in 29th (6:48:01), George Farmer of Incline Village 46th (7:20:17), Stephanie Hiemstra of Truckee 48th (7:21:51), Wendy Robinson of Truckee 81st (8:25:51) and Teresa Rensch of Truckee 108th (9:32:27).
It’s a challenging event, as can be seen from the start/finish at Spooner Lake State Park, located at just over 7,000 feet. The highest point in the course is 9,000 feet, north of the Snow Valley Peak Aid Station.
Overall: 1, Jasper Halekas, Oakland, Calif., 20:18:03; 2, Rod Bien, Bend, Ore., 21:30:11; 3, Steve Roark, Carson City, 22:51:33; 4, Brian Robinson, Mountain View, Calif., 23:02:39; 5, Tim Yurk, Ashland, Ore., 23:14:23; 6, Jamie Gifford, Seatae, Wash., 23:38:36; 7, Carson Teasley, Foresthill, Calif., 23:38:26; 8, Erich Peitzsch, Truckee, 23:57:40; 9, Christopher Chromzak, Rensselaer, N.Y., 26:01:40; 10, Karl Jensen, 26:09:54.
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