Last weekend nearly 200 trail enthusiasts played above 6000 feet along the beautiful Sandia Foothills at the Dirty Half Marathon Trail Run in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The event delivered both a half marathon and 10 km distance.
Both races shared the same mostly out-and-back trail that dances within 600 feet of elevation, so no huge climbs. You will be challenged to keep your eye on the single and double wide trail thanks to the views trying to grab your attention.
And to top it off, the RD guarantees the last mile will be faster than the first. Nice!
Nelson Lebo knocked out a speedy 6:34 min/mile average to be the only sub 1:30 runner in the event. Nelson won the male race in 1:25:53. The inspiring run for second place was very spicy. Trevor Manzanares and Dana Patton were both hungry for second place but only one could enjoy this meal. Trevor out ran Dana by 33 seconds to earn second place in 1:32:59.
Top 5 male
- Nelson Lebo – 1:25:53
- Trevor Manzanares – 1:32:59
- Dana Patton – 1:33:32
- Daryl Dagel – 1:38:38
- Ross Conrad – 1:38:58
Similar to the male race, Michelle Born, dominated the female race to win in 1:39:47 and sixth overall. The dash for second was between Kellie Nickerson and Tana Kaskalla. No time to relax as Tana crossed the finish 25 seconds in from of Kellie, in 1:45:39.
Top 5 female
- Michelle Born – 1:39:47 (*6th overall*)
- Tana Kaskalla – 1:45:39
- Kellie Nickerson – 1:46:04
- Molly Roberts – 1:49:26
- Lauren Thompson – 1:51:32
In consistent fashion the front-runner, Jillian Conrad, ran away with the female win in 55:30. The nail biter was for second place. Oh…so exciting. To add a bit more drama, we have three women chasing that spot. Stephanie Martinez, Molly Reitsema, and Katie Christensen all had rocks launching off their tread behind them as they ran…at least those were the rumors. Stephanie found that extra kick to claim second by 19 seconds with a time of 59:04. Both Molly and Katie tied for third.
Top 5 female
- Jillian Conrad – 55:30
- Stephanie Martinez – 59:04
- Molly Reitsema – 59:23
- Katie Christensen – 59:23
- Linda Sedillo – 1:00:44
Unfortunately the male race ruined the dramatic results pattern but this doesn’t mean there wasn’t some excitement. Joachim Marjon turned-over a 7:12 min/mile average pace to win the male race in 44:38. Marvin Fernando finished a short ways behind in 46:01.
Fourth through eighth place separated by less than one minute. Ouch, Ouch, Ouch! No doubt about it.
Top 5 male
- Joachim Marjon – 44:38
- Marvin Fernando – 46:01
- Ryan Riley – 51:36
- Mike Coker – 54:23
- Jimmy Cheykaychi – 54:47
Check out the wisest finisher. I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.
- Hartley Wess claimed top honors, working the half marathon at 63.
Life is play. Play is life.
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Garmin data Request – I am looking for the half mary and/or 10 km Garmin data from this event. If you would be willing to share the file with me, please let me know through my Contact page. Big thanks!
Congrats to all that enjoyed some dirt time on the New Mexico trails.
Be active – Feel the buzz!
David – EnduranceBuzz.com
Posted on 16 Sep 2010