On April 7th, the inaugural Cedro Peak Ultramarathon took place in the Cibola Nation Forest, a short drive outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. In the 45 mile or 45 km adventure, runners ran through sections of dense forest, rolling single track, some double-track, fire roads, a few steep climbs, and rocks that may look to grab a toe.
The 45 km is an out and back.
The 45 milers include a nice loop on top of the stick.
6600+ feet of gain for the English distance.
4000+ feet of gain for the Metric.
The course appears to remain in the 6000-7000 foot range.
Accomplished ultra runner and HURT 100 winner for the last two years, Canadian Jason Loutitt, overcame a miss-turn in the early miles due to someone messin’ with the markings along with stomach issues for much of the run, to knock out a spicy male win in 6:30:47.
Nineteen to low twenty hour 100 miler, Nick Pedatella of Boulder, finished second 13 minutes later.
Top 5 male
- Jason Loutitt (CAN) – 6:30:47
- Nick Pedatella (CO) – 6:43:27
- Brendan Trimboli (CO) – 7:20:47
- Jason Taylor (NM) – 7:35:15
- Donnie Haubert (CO) – 7:38:25
Twenty-two year old Iowan, Sara Crippen (Can’t find much trail running history on Sara. Anyone?), ran the 45 miles in just over nine hours, winning the female race in 9:00:07.
Experienced ultra athlete from Denver, Abby Mcqeeney Penamonte, finished second just over 30 minutes later.
Top 5 female
- Sara Crippen (IA) – 9:00:07
- Abby McQeeney Penamonte (CO) – 9:32:22
- Olga King (TX) – 10:15:45
- K Ray (NM) – 10:56:55
- Emily Bretl (CO) – 11:09:36
Top five finisher for the last three years at Run the Caldera 26 mile, Michelle Hummel, ran her way to a seventh overall finish and female win in 4:52:25.
Leila Degrave came down from Colorado to finish second, 24 minutes later.
Top 5 female
- Michelle Hummel (NM) – 4:52:25 (* 7th overall *)
- Leila Degrave (CO) – 5:16:56
- Lynette Padilla-Orpinel (NM) – 5:48:46
- Anna Davis (NM) – 5:55:54
- Veronika Mocko (NM) – 5:58:38
Stephen Clarke, Andrew Hahn, Marco Zuniga were in an inspiring, high-effort adventure that led to a 53 second spread between the three after 45 km of running. Stephen was able to create a small 17 second gap to win the male race in 4:20:04.
Andrew held onto second with Marco a couple hundred meters back.
Top 5 male
- Stephen Clarke (NM) – 4:20:04
- Andrew Hahn (NM) – 4:20:21
- Marco Zuniga (CO) – 4:20:57
- Jacob Lawrence (NM) – 4:30:46
- Keith Hutchinson (NM) – 4:42:12
Check out some of the wisest finishers. I hope this stuff fires you up as much as it does me.
- Ian Maddieson (age 69) finished another 45 mile ultra.
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:
- Humberto Arrieta (NM) finished the 45 miles in 13:18:00.
- Valerie Merges (UT) finished the 45 km in 10:05:47.
Race Reports and Pics
- “I ran. And ran. It was a good mile on a dirt road, and then a drop down the powerline cross-country, and up powerline, and I arrived to a water AS exactly 1:15 later than I should have been. Oh, horror. A full realization settled in.” by Olga @ Run More Talk Less
- “Early in the race, I made it a point to not pay attention to how many miles I had ran cumulatively and wanted it to stay that way. But, at the point where the 45 milers separated onto a different course than the 45k’ers, a volunteer said “14 miles down!”. I really didn’t want to hear that.” by Larry @ To Live a Life
- “There was a lot of forest running, which I appreciated. Much of the trail was quite technical, which slowed things down a little, but kept things interesting.” by Jacob @ Santa Fe Trail Runner
- “Indeed, the route proved much more technical than I’d expected: constant ups and downs, loose footing requiring utmost care to safely navigate. I certainly hadn’t done my homework.” by solarweasel @ solarweasel
- “The climb to the summit of Cedro Peak was a dirt service road. Near the top I took a moment to enjoy the view of the mountains all around and the forest below; part of me wished I had camera.” by A. Flores @ running, life, and living the dream
- “My intent for the day was to run easy and not concern myself with when I would finish. Based on the information at hand, I assumed a leisurely pace would have me finishing in 9 hours. In retrospect, this is a laughable assumption.” by Kelly @ Slipping Slowly into Pain…
- More sweet pics from Steve Pero
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- How was your adventure?
Special thanks to Steve Pero for permission to use the great photos above.
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