On October 22, a 53 mile adventure along the Continental Divide Trail awaited a spunky group of 46 runners for the 2nd annual Deadman Peaks Trail Run near Cuba, New Mexico.
This challenging out-and-back course guides runners between 6350 and 7400 feet along a jagged lookin’ course profile. The faint singletrack trail includes plenty of rocks, sand, and short smile filled climbs.
By mile six, Jason Taylor scampered to the front of the male race while pushing a sold pace that saw him reach the midway point in 4hr15min. Struggling a bit with cramps on the way back, Jason was able to keep moving forward and crossed the finish line to win the male race in 8:56:23.
Second place saw David Coblentz and Chase Parnell finish within six-ish minutes of each other after the 53 miles. David was able to create the small gap and claim second place in 9:28:38.
Top 5 male
- Jason Taylor – 8:56:23
- David Coblentz – 9:28:38
- Chase Parnell – 9:35:38
- Bill Geist – 10:22:42
- Jacob Waltz – 10:33:22
Katherine Metzger ran within the top 10 of the overall race and won the female race in 11:25:12.
Chandra Hardwicke crossed the line second in 13:06:54.
All 3 female
- Katherine Metzger – 11:25:12 (*7th overall*)
- Chandra Hardwicke – 13:06:54
- Kim King – 14:51:00
Check out some of the wisest finishers. I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.
- Joel Wells (age 65), Bobby Keogh (age 62), and Dennis Drey (age 60) all completed a 50+ mile adventure.
Life is play. Play is life.
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 recipients:
- Clifford Matthews was grateful for the finish and crossed the line in 15:05:41.
Race Reports and Pics
- “I didn’t have any idea where my nearest competitor was but about 90 seconds after leaving I heard the cowbells and cheers going up back at the aid station. This usually means that another runner has just come into the aid station so I assumed I only had a couple minutes on the next person behind me. [My dad informed me that the aid station crew had actually played a trick on me and that nobody actually came through for several minutes after that...talk about motivation though, I definitely did NOT slow down.]“ by Jason @ Jason Taylor
- “The start was electric. We all knew what we were getting ourselves into. There was camaraderie in the silence.” by Chase @ Run Until I Die
- “The rest of the course out to the turnaround was spectacular: up and down mesas, through canyons and arroyos, and over these huge saddles. There were many stretches where we were running on bare rock from one cairn to the next, no trail, and sometimes just a couple of feet from a huge cliff.” by Jacob @ santa fe trail runner
- “Through trial and error, suffering and jubilation, I believe I’ll one day run a 50 mile race where everything comes together like clockwork for me, until then it’s continued training and learning through experience as I grow as a newbie ultra runner.” by Eugene @ The Pain Cave
- Race pics – More great photos by Jeff Edgar.
If you have any thoughts or experiences to share from the event, feel free to comment below!
Special thanks to Jeff Edgar for the sweet race photos!
Check out the TALON Race Guide
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David – EnduranceBuzz.com