Both male and female course records fall at Ghost Town 38.5! I am noticing a trend in this sport…
Over the weekend, 88 athletes enjoyed the 5th Anniversary of The Ghost Town 38.5 ultramarathon headquartered at Hillsboro, New Mexico, next to the ruggedly beautiful Gila National Forest in the south west portion of the state.
The event has its own flair and has an array of unique awards such as:
- Oldest finisher under the clock.
- Martin Luther King Day award – 18th finisher
- Mamaw Rudy award – 56th finisher. Per race director Susan Reynolds: “My mamaw used to give us a dollar for every year we were old. It paid to age in my family. So, in her honor, the runner finishing in the same place as my age (and I have a birthday in January) will receive an award. It pays to be slow!”
- Marty Duchow award – First finisher who lives under 1000 ft.
- Jeff Johnston award – Most improved runner in two consecutive years.
- Bill Halm award – First place finisher of the GT Double Masters Ultra.
The event seems to have a very fun vibe associated with it.
The 38.5 mile course starts and finishes at the race director’s home in Hillsboro. The out-and-back course begins on a bit of pavement before heading onto a dirt forest service road within the Gila National Forest that will provide some amazing scenery and a nice aerobic challenge.
The air is a bit thin for flatlanders as the course starts at 5100 ft and peaks out at near 7000 ft in the Gila forest.
A few visuals:
Nick Clark (Does this name sound familiar?) and Rochelle Wirth have raised the bar with new course records.
All 88 athletes that started the day, finished it! 83% of the athletes finished under 10 hours.
One week after his course record at the Bandera 100 km, Nick Clark (CO) still had the strong legs to be the first to finish the 38.5 mile and set a new course record time of 5:09:11. The previous record was 5:21:01, held by Tim Long (CO).
Top smw regional male was Jason Taylor (NM) who placed fifth overall with a time of 5:47:34.
Top 3 male:
- Nick Clark (CO) – 5:09:11 (*new course record*)
- Andy Jones-Wilkins (ID) – 5:19:34
- Pete Stevenson (CO) – 5:24:37
The female race was dominated by Minnesotan Rochelle Wirth. Wirth glided to a 41+ minute course record and fourth overall with a time of 5:43:21. The previous record was 6:25:03, held by Elise Boeh (CO).
Top smw regional female was Jan Tarr (NM) who traversed the course with a time of 7:28:49.
Top 3 female:
- Rochelle Wirth (MN) – 5:43:21 (*new course record*)
- Jamie Donaldson (CO) – 6:13:12
- Jodie Chase (CO) – 6:31:45
The Tough-as-Nails Award
The final finishers of an ultra distance event are some of the toughest athletes that are willing to stick with it to the best of their current ability and cross that darn finish line.
The Tough-as-Nails award recipient:
- Michael Morrison (TX) – Michael kept it together and finished the 38.5 miles in 11:48:13.
- 6:13:12 – Jamie D. @ Run Like a Girl
- 5:19:37 – AJW @ AJW’s Blog
- 5:09:11 – Nick C. @ Rock Mountain Dirt Running
- 8:27:03 – Renee @ Pinkcorker’s Desert Trail Running Blog
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Posted on 21 Jan 2010