“It was everything I heard it was and more…” Donn Ozaki started off, as he began to recount his tale of the Miwok 100k. “Difficult, but beautiful.”
Donn was one of the fortunate 318 starters this year. This is the largest field this race has ever seen. The National Park Service allowed race director, Tia Bodington to add 100 additional runners from the waiting list in exchange for mandatory carpooling.
One noteworthy performance on Saturday was that of Dave Mackey, a 38 year old runner from Boulder, CO. He shattered the course record and finished in 7:53:19. “I had the splits from Lon Freeman’s course record (8:09:52) stenciled on my left arm and I managed to keep beating them.” Dave regularly runs this race and also won in 2005. Surprisingly, Scott Jurek, 7 time Western States winner, finished in fourth place at 8:38:17. The female winner was Kami Semick, 41 from Bend, OR. She finished in 9:15:50, about 20 minutes slower than Ann Traston’s PR for the course.
The consensus among runners this year was that the “weather was perfect, the aid stations well stocked and friendly. This is a beautiful course.” If you plan to run this one, make sure you log on to the website the moment this race opens up. This year many runners missed their opportunity when the race sold out within 15 minutes of becoming available. Next year there are talks of a lottery system.
Article by: Summer Wesson