The third annual Deadman Peaks Trail Run took place on the ruggedly beautiful continental divide trail outside of Cuba, New Mexico on October 20th. Nearly 40 athletes enjoyed a finish at this low-key event that includes over 6000 feet of climbing…and takes places roughly between 6000 – 7000 feet.
One of the race’s highly coveted special awards is the female/male who picks up the most litter – the Trash Award.
Race distance – 53 miles!
Go get some…and bring a jacket…it was 28 degrees at the start!
Albuquerque runner, Jason Patton, took off at a spicy pace with the lead group of four as he explains.
“A group of four of us including Marco Zuniga, Jason Halladay and Brian Crone went out together at what I felt was a pretty hot pace for a 53 mile race, but fifteen or twenty minutes in I started to settle into the pace and feel relaxed.”
After working through a variety of deep washouts from recent rains, Jason began to pull away from the main group with Marco close behind.
Jason continued to gradually increased his gap and 50 year old, David Coblentz, moved up through the field in chase.
Jason went on to win the male race in 9:31:55!
David held solid in the second spot.
Top 5 male
- Jason Patton – 9:31:55
- David Coblentz – 9:42:49
- Marco Zuniga – 9:57:10
- Jacob Waltz – 10:26:20
- Randy Lockhart – 10:39:00
Rhonda Claridge has been know to put down some pretty stout performances, like a second place female finish at Run Rabbit Run 100, just over month earlier. Oh yeah, and that slightly challenging Hardrock 100 two months before that – second female, 20th overall.
With a collection of top performances, Rhonda came into DP50 simply to get out and play.
“I signed up for Deadman Peaks to get back into it and hoped that my endurance was still there. It sounded like a small, fun event, which appealed. I was looking forward to a long day in the desert in a totally new place, to entering a kind of Dreamtime in the Aboriginal sense. I love distance running.”
Relaxed was the theme of the day…maybe too relaxed as race day details were often an after thought…oops!
In the early miles…
“I didn’t think it would be that dark for that long in the beginning of the race, so I grabbed any headlamp and didn’t put new batteries in. It turned out that for an hour I was stumbling around unable to see where my feet were going, as the course goes in and out of washes and on uneven, overgrown trail from the start. David Coblentz came along with a real light and helped me through the last half hour of darkness.”
Back half of the race…
“The other mistake was not refilling my hydration pack at the first aid station on the way back. Though it was below freezing at the start, between one and three in the afternoon, it got quite hot. I went without a drop of fluids for an hour during the hottest part of the day. I tried running faster and faster to get to the next aid station sooner. When I arrived I think my tongue was hanging out. I seemed to come out of that okay, but I struggled with nausea later on. I remember chewing a Pringle for about twenty minutes until it was paste and then forcing it down with water.”
Through all the little adventures within the adventure, Rhonda kept moving forward and won the female scamper in 10:09:19 along with a fourth overall finish.
Rhonda’s thoughts on the day.
“The course is gorgeous and remote, and the autumn light only augments this. It follows the Continental Divide Trail and was very well marked because apparently no one goes that way. I didn’t see anyone except for other runners all day. You run toward a huge volcanic plug, El Cabezon, and between two small peaks where someone once died, hence the name Deadman Peaks.”
“It wasn’t my personal best race, but Deadman Peaks was one of the best events I can recall. You know it’s a great race when you finish and feel inspired to run, and that’s how I felt. I’d like to do that one again.”
Katrin Silva finished sixth overall with your second place female honors.
Top 5 female
- Rhonda Claridge – 10:09:19
- Katrin Silva – 10:38:55
- Aimee Hoyt – 12:18:41
- Rene Grobecker – 14:22:03
- Diane Desouza – 14:29:55
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:
- Juan Lopez of El Paso, Texas kept moving forward throughout the day’s adventure to cross the finish in 16:08:09.
- “This was my first headlamp race start. What an awesome way to start a race. I saw a friend of mine in the darkness,”Scott, what’s up man? Kinda cold huh?”” by Vivac Winery @ Fueled by Vivac Winery
Talk some Dirt
- How was your New Mexico adventure?
Special thanks to Jason Patton, Rhonda Claridge, and race director, Jim Breyfogle, for their gracious support with this article.
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Posted on 18 Dec 2012
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