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Sierra Vista Trail Run 2013 Results – A Fun and Low key Running Adventure in Southern New Mexico

Race Director’s Report – Dan Carter

Sierra Vista Trail Run
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Photos – Dan Carter and Eugene Smith

Marathon runners heading south.

Marathon runners heading south.


The second annual Sierra Vista Trail Run took place on April 20, 2013 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Three distances: marathon, half-marathon and a free 5 miler were available. All distances are run on the Sierra Vista Trail, along the western foothills of the Organ Mountains. The whole Sierra Vista Trail is twenty-nine miles long and connects with a trail system in the Franklin Mountains State Park in El Paso, Texas, where the Puzzler Endurance Races take place (anyone want to organize an Ultra?). The race courses are out and back and follow deceivingly difficult single track.

Eugene Smith and I first held this race last year in February. The area is home to some great, challenging trails and we wanted to show them off and bring runners together out on the trail. The response for the event from the running community was impressive. This year, the number of runners increased to 140 for the three distances combined. Great volunteers and sponsors made this event possible, affordable and fun for everyone. Only a dollar per mile for registration!

Volunteers

Great volunteers and myself enjoying good company

The race seemed to embody the spirit of trail running; fun, low key running with good folks. There were so many stories of individual challenges from throughout the day. Some visiting the trail for the first time and falling in love with trail running, first time marathon and half marathon runners completing life goals, veterans just getting back from overseas and Marathon Maniacs holding on until the very end to complete another marathon in another state on their way to the 50 state marathon challenge (run a marathon in each state within a year). Proceeds from the race also benefited the Yaya Girls Running Program in Zanjera, Ethiopia by providing a scholarship to study and train with Olympic coaches. The people and their stories are what make these races great. Because of these people, the Sierra Vista Trail Run will be back next year.

5 milers heading out on the singletrack

5 milers heading out on the singletrack

New Mexico local and Marathon Maniac, Perky Garcia (left), was back this year and brought in more maniacs. Last year, Kane Becker, a maniac (right) won the marathon.

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Local artists, Chavez Smith and Dan Carter contributed work for the race shirts and award tiles.

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Results:

5 Mile

Male:
Thomas Salas – 38:37
Scott Miller – 39:07
Tucker Brown – 43:53

Female:
Misha Montoya – 42:19
Alexandra Smirnova – 44:26
Allison Ostland – 45:04

One of the younger runners and first place in the 5 miler - Thomas Salas

One of the younger runners and first place in the 5 miler – Thomas Salas

Half Marathon

Male:
Michael Bursum – 1:51:39
Gregory Penn – 1:53:26
Rio Stamler – 2:02:49

Female:
Jillian Laplante – 2:12:38
Maya Ramsay – 2:19:14
Jessica Stallings – 2:19:49

These guys, Gregory Penn (right) and Michael Bursum (left), ran hard, battling for the Half Marathon title. It was Gregory's first half marathon.

These guys, Gregory Penn (right) and Michael Bursum (left), ran hard, battling for the Half Marathon title. It was Gregory’s first half marathon!

Marathon

Male:
Tomas Forsmann – 3:43:50
Peter Livingstone – 4:05:31
Clifton Trujillo – 4:30:26

Female:
Michelle Hawk – 3:49:49
Susan Wood – 5:07:25
Kari Kelley – 6:12:27

The top three marathoners unwind after the race. R to L: Michelle Hawk (1st woman, 2nd overall), Peter Livingstone (2nd Mens), Thomas Forsman (1st Mens).

The top three marathoners unwind after the race. L to R: Michelle Hawk (1st woman, 2nd overall), Peter Livingstone (2nd Mens), Tomas Forsmann (1st Mens).

– Dan Carter


Complete results

Special thanks to Dan Carter and Eugene Smith for sharing the Sierra Vista Trail Run with us.

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