Kilian speeds to US trail win
Though his victory and course record will not go down in history (due to him cutting switchbacks, which is against US trail running rules), Kilian Jornet emerged victorious at yesterday’s Speedgoat 50k in Utah…
There are no problems with his actions under Skyrunning rules, but the cutting of the course in this case would, it appears, warrant DQ’ing in normal US trail racing circumstances – however RD Karl Meltzer viewed his actions as innocent in their nature and allowed Kilian to be named ‘winner’.
So, the $4500 booty went to Salomon team-mate Rickey Gates, who stormed around the Speedgoat course just four minutes back, a clear five up on third placer Max King, taking the course record into the bargain.
Anton Krupicka continued his comeback from injury with a solid 4th on the day, just a handful of seconds down on King. With Frenchman Thomas Lorblanchet in 5th, German young-gun Phillip Reiter in 6th and the likes of Nick Clark in 10th, the Speedgoat field was deep with talent.
In the women’s race there was never really any doubt as to who the favourite would be. However, after her recent injury issues it was all about whether the shin and ankle would hold up for Anna Frost. Her fitness was not in doubt either, as weeks spent ‘power hiking’ seem to have kept her in good condition.
So, it was great to see the injury hold out and for the New Zealander to storm around the 50k course in 6:26, a full 30 mins up on fellow Salomon runner Kerrie Bruxvoort, with Sarah Evans in third. Frosty’s efforts were just shy of the Keri Nelson’s 6:20 course record, meaning that her cash haul was ‘just’ $3500 for a pretty good payday!
Men’s Top 10
1. Kilian Jornet (Salomon) – 5:14:00
2. Rickey Gates (Salomon) – 5:18:27
3. Max King (Montrail) – 5:23:10
4. Anton Krupicka (New Balance) – 5:23:36
5. Thomas Lorblanchet (Salomon) – 5:38:51
6. Philipp Reiter (Salomon) – 5:40:11
7. Jason Schlarb (Hoka One One) – 5:44:26
8. Dylan Bowman (Pearl Izumi) – 5:47:39
9. Jason Loutitt (The North Face) – 5:49:10
10. Nick Clark (Pearl Izumi) – 5:53:20
Women’s Top 10
1. Anna Frost (Salomon) – 6:26:23
2. Kerrie Bruxvoort (Salomon) 6:56:33
3. Sarah Evans – 6:58:51
4. Emily Sullivan – 7:10:03
5. Denise Bourassa (Patagonia) – 7:31:54
6. Silke Koester – 7:31:59
7. Jennifer Benna – 7:34:07
8. Mindy Campbell – 7:45:13
9. Gina Lucrezi – 7:48:56
10. Missy Gosney – 7:51:17