November 7, 2011

Update

San Francisco Trip coming soon..

Antelope Island 50k

Here is an interesting recap of the race...




Lisa and I finished up work at 5pm on Friday, grabbed Chloe and headed south to Salt Lake City, Utah.  In the middle of the Great Salt Lake is an island called Antelope Island.  To get there we drove 8 hours to a Howard Johnson Inn (wouldn't recommend it) and slept from 12:30am to 5am.  At 5am we headed to the race on the island.  It was dark, snowy and the wind was howling.




To get on the island we had to drive a couple miles on a long causeway.




At first is was so dark we couldn't even see where we were.  I still had no idea what lay ahead for my 50 kilometers of running that morning.




There was plenty of snow.





At 7:45, about 75 of us runners were huddled up and freezing but ready to get started.




I guess someone ran with a dog?!





And we are off...




The first part of the course was  a steady climb up a set of switchbacks.  On the way up we spooked the buffalo and they stampeded right through the trail - forcing us to stop and wait.  I still can't believe how fast they are.
Within the first mile it was obvious that it would be a three man race.  Chris, Cody and I chatted for a while before I decided to increase the pace a little.








There was plenty of snow on the south side of the island.  I took a pretty mean spill trying to hit a 90 degree turn at speed.  Unfortunately when I fell, my clothes were covered in snow and I was soaking wet.   Not good when you are up in the peaks by the Great Salt Lake.




The island was surrounded by beautiful peaks.  It was very surreal.  I felt like I was back in Alaska.








Lisa took this glamour shot of Chloe.  We will add it to her winter collection.  Look at that swiss cross prominently displayed across Chloe's chest.  




Chloe did have her eye on those buffalo.




After 3.5 hours of running I finally made back to the start / finish line having run about 30 miles and 4000 ft of elevation gain.






Lisa didn't realize I was coming so the finish video is a little short!  She claims it was difficult with Chloe.  Poor Chloe - she just wanted a buffalo.




Here is an abridged version of the results.

Antelope Island 50K/100K
Syracuse, UT
50km | 100kmSaturday November 5, 2011

Results


Top Performances

'11Christopher Kollar (26)3:37:48
'11Chris Lundberg (28)3:54:01
'11Cody Draper (31)4:08:31
'11Nate Remynse (24)4:40:20
'11Zach Huseby (38)4:46:25
'11Ryan Faulkner (19)5:02:34
'11Jason Berry (38)5:03:56
'11Jeff Bollman (43)5:11:17
'11Justin Liddle (33)5:24:23
'11Scott Slusher (41)5:29:42

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73 Participants
PlaceFirstLastG.P.AgeGenderTimeRanking
results   Christopher Kollar Missoula, MT 126 M3:37:48100.00 %
results   Chris Lundberg Jackson, WY 228 M3:54:0185.18 %
results   Cody Draper Logan, UT 331 M4:08:3190.95 %
results   Gemma Arro Park City, UT 131 F4:14:13100.00 %
results  photo  Nate Remynse Sandy, UT 424 M4:40:2072.65 %
results   Cherri Marcinko Salt Lake City, UT 241 F4:41:0590.44 %
results   Zach Huseby Jackson, WY 538 M4:46:2576.04 %
results  photo  Ryan Faulkner Provo, UT 619 M5:02:3471.98 %
results   Jason Berry Salt Lake City, UT 738 M5:03:5673.32 %
results  10  Coni Horndli Salt Lake City, UT 333 F5:04:3379.27 %




For finishing I earned this huge coffee mug and because I won I will receive a wooden sculpture of an antelope.




Some parting shots of the scenery around the Great Salt Lake.









Now what everyone has been waiting for... Chloe gets her bison.




Then Chloe gets tired and is out for the count.










Montana Cup 2011


It was a dark and cold Saturday morning when the Missoula team loaded up on the bus and headed three hours east to Great Falls for the 2011 Montana Cup.  



This year (the course changes every year) the Montana Cup was held at a golf course in Great Falls, Montana.  The wind was gusting at 25 mph, normal for Great Falls, and the course was announced to be two loops around the hilly golf course for a grand total of 7.4 kilometers (roughly 4.5 miles).




Chloe watched on as the runners were warming up for the noon start.


Doing some warm up strides with the maroon colors of Missoula.



Chloe behaving so nicely.  Right Lisa?




All hands in for the Missoula team.




Toeing the line for the start of my first Montana Cup and my first time representing the our new home town - Missoula.



Notice the kid in the yellow.  I don't think I have ever seen anyone go out that hard in any race let alone a 7.4k.  He wasn't the only one, about 40 high school chaps took off like it was the last race of their lives.  Almost immediately I found myself in the back half of the race.




I knew that these young chaps could not hold this Usain Bolt pace.  My patience paid off and I slowly worked my way past the gasping early sprinters.



However, there was still a solid group at the front about 100 yards in front of me.  I slowly started to reel them in on some of the longer hill sections.



Around the 3 mile mark I caught the leader Alan King, who has won this race the last several years.  I would pull away on the up hill sections and he would recover on the downhills.



On the second long up hill section I put in a surge and took a decent lead.




With a mile to go I put my head down and pushed hard towards the finish.







Here is Lisa's famous finish line video.



The Missoula team, including the men's open pictured below, won most of the races.








After having some PBR and delicious Papa John's pizza Lisa, Chloe and climbed into the Jeep and headed home.  The drive home was so beautiful and the road reminded me of a roller coaster.




I snapped a quick picture of this lone horse in a field with the mountains in the background.




Knowing that I obviously had taken "the photo of the day" Lisa decided to one up me.  She got a really nice picture of the Rattlesnake mountains with a little lake in the foreground.





Like normal, Chloe (after a long day of playing pull the Lisa and barking at people) passed out in the back of the Jeep,  What a big baby.  Big paw.





Originally from Strongsville, OH, I spent 8 years in Raleigh, North Carolina and have since recently moved to Missoula, MT. I have been a runner all my life and have recently started pursuing ultra marathons. Any excuse to be outside and on the trails.