Truckeeand#8217;s Fain, Young capture wins in Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs
How much tougher was the Tahoe Rim Trail 50-Mile Endurance Run than its 50-kilometer counterpart?
and#8220;A lot,and#8221; said Truckeeand#8217;s Peter Fain. and#8220;I only puked nine times. It was rough.and#8221;
Despite struggling through bouts of sickness, however, Fain still reached the finish line first in the 50-mile run to capture the win with a time of 8 hours, 30 minutes, 27 seconds. He had previously won the 50K the past three years, and decided to take on the 50-mile distance after receiving a hard time from the race director following last yearand#8217;s win.
Fain wasnand#8217;t the only Truckee resident to represent the region well, as Truckee triathlete and trail runner Julie Young took the womenand#8217;s win and finished third overall in the 50K with a time of 5:24:47. Ben Kadiec won the 50K overall, posting a time of 5:11:25, while former Olympic biathlete Glenn Jobe of Sierraville finished sixth overall in 5:44:53.
Caroline Barichievich of South Lake Tahoe won the womenand#8217;s 50-miler and placed eighth overall with a time of 9:54:58, while in the 100-mile race, Thomas Crawford shattered the course record with a time of 17:47:09 and#8212; finishing well ahead of runner-up Brett Rivers (18:53:37).
Also in the 100-miler, Truckeeand#8217;s Gretchen Brugman finished fourth among women and 23rd overall in 28:19:25.
Rachael Woods, public relations manager at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, took third place in the 50K womenand#8217;s field, posting a 6:15:52, and Truckeeand#8217;s Betsy Nye was the fourth woman (16th overall) in the same race, finishing in 6:32:50. Chris Luberecki of Tahoe City was 12th overall in the 50K with time of 10:16:12.
Athletes who raced the 50-mile and 100-mile distances learned the hard way about the difficulty of a re-routed section of course and#8212; one that added about 1,800 vertical feet to the two farthest runs.
and#8220;The new section was really hard,and#8221; Fain said. and#8220;I would say that it (the 50-miler) was much harder than the last one (the 50K), but the 100-mile guy broke the course record, so I feel a little demoralized by his performance.and#8221;
South Lake Tahoe ultrarunner Ron Nageotte, who raced the 50-miler, said the re-routed section gives new meaning to the raceand#8217;s slogan, and#8220;A glimpse of heaven, a taste of hell.and#8221;
and#8220;There is a new taste of pure hell,and#8221; said Nageotte, who completed the run in 13:25:22. and#8220;Itand#8217;s straight up. Some runners were going sideways and zigzagging; others were going backwards.and#8221;
Complete results can be found at http://www.trtlive.com.