Official Way Too Cool results

Posted on March 20, 2008 by

Official Way Too Cool results

 Dear Listers —

 The Way Too Cool 50K Presented by GU Sports — the fourth event in the

Montrail Ultra Cup Series — results are available at  A stellar field of many

of the best ultradistance runners in the United States entered this

year, vying for a Montrail Ultra Cup spot in the Western States 100.  

Good weather, excellent trail conditions, dedicated volunteers and

arguably the most competitive 50K field in the history of trail running

made for an exciting day.  Under ideal conditions we would typically

expect 8 to 10 runners to cross the finish line under the 4-hour

barrier.  This year, an amazing 25 men and one woman broke the magic

barrier.  The most dominating force in women’s ultrarunning, Ann Trason,

was the only woman to ever break 4 hours on this moderately difficult

course, just squeaking in with a 3:59:32 in 1993.  There had been

several attempts and a few close calls, but it took another 15 years

before it happened again.  Susannah Beck, 39, from Eugene, OR, destroyed

Ann’s course record by more than 4 minutes with a time of 3:55:22.  Todd

Braje, 31, of Eugene, OR, won the event with a solid showing of 3:32.  

Young Mr. Erik Skaggs, 22, of Ashland, OR, after taking the early lead,

held on to second with a time of 3:34 (new age-group record), followed

closely by Dan Olmstead, 36, of Eugene, OR, with a time of 3:35 (new

age-group record).  Notably, Scott Jurek, 34, of Seattle, WA, surprised

himself by running a Way Too Cool PR and arriving at the finish line 4

seconds behind Olmstead.  One couldn’t help but notice a trend here.  

It’s apparent that the folks in Oregon take their trail running

seriously.  The ever tough Beverly Anderson-Abbs, 43, of Red Bluff, CA,

placed second in the women’s race with a time of 4:07 (new age-group

record), and Joelle Vaught, 33, of Boise, ID, and a past Way Too Cool

winner, finished third with a time of 4:10 (new age-group record).  A

total of 459 runners started, and 442 finished for a 96% finishing rate.

 Eight age-group records changed hands.  Top-10 men and women results

are below.


Greg Soderlund, RD

Western States 100 Presented by Montrail

American River 50

Way Too Cool 50K Presented by GU

Lake Natoma Four Bridges Half Marathon

Phone: 916-387-8796


2217 Ryedale Lane

Sacramento, CA 95835

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      1 Susannah Beck Eugene  OR 3:55:22.0**

      2 Beverly Anderson-Abbs Red Bluff  CA 4:07:08.4

      3 Joelle Vaught Boise  ID 4:10:14.5

      4 Caren Spore Davis  CA 4:19:05.1

      5 Nikki Kimball Bozeman  MT 4:20:53.6

      6 Monica Ochs Anacortes  WA 4:21:55.8

      7 Helen Cospolich Breckenridge  CO 4:25:45.6

      8 Heather Levine-Chesler Mill Valley  CA 4:26:51.1

      9 Anne Hitchcock Auburn  CA 4:27:14.9

      10 Jenny Capel Reno  NV 4:30:47.9



      1 Todd Braje Eugene  OR 3:32:12.5

      2 Erik Skaggs Ashland  OR 3:34:17.4

      3 Dan Olmstead Eugene  OR 3:35:05.1

      4 Scott Jurek Seattle  WA 3:35:09.8

      5 Rich Hanna Sacramento  CA 3:38:58.2

      6 Lewis Taylor Eugene  OR 3:39:24.9

      7 Bob Shebest Santa Rosa  CA 3:40:32.3

      8 Brad Mitchell Hailey  ID 3:41:42.0

      9 Nicholas Bingham Reno  NV 3:42:01.6

      10 Mark McManus Mill Valley  CA 3:43:48.0


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