A Monster Miwok 100K - Page 2
Photo by Gary Gellin
Less than 15 minutes behind Mackey, a dramatic race for second place played out as Jesse Haynes of Vista, California, appeared from several minutes back to almost (but not quite) catch Chris Price of Pasadena, California. Showing that seconds can matter in ultras, Price finished second in 9:28:30 and Haynes in third, with a time of 9:28:55.
Tina Lewis of Boulder, finished first female and 12th overall in 10:35, followed by Bethany Lewis (no relation) of Salt Lake City in 10:49. For both, it was a first 100K and a first Miwok. They finished more than a half-hour ahead of the other women. Helen Cospolich of Breckenridge, Colorado, placed third in 11:22.
Repeat finishers’ times were one to two hours slower than past years, and of the 350 starters, 264 (75 percent) finished (the race typically has a finishing rate of 80 to 90 percent).
The new, slightly long course started and finished in the coastal hamlet of Stinson Beach and climbed about 13,000 feet over eight major hill profiles. After a short warm-up through the village, runners ascended a trail that rises over 1700 feet in just 2.5 miles on singletrack in the dark. Then, in another change from prior years, runners plunged down from that ridge on the highly technical Matt Davis Trail with many steps and roots to return to Stinson Beach for the mile 26 aid station.
From there, runners headed 1300 feet up the famous Dipsea Trail over to Muir Beach (mile 33) and spent the next 21 miles climbing multiple ridges on fire roads that ring the Marin Headlands and overlook the Golden Gate. Then it was back to Muir Beach and back over the Dipsea, hop-scotching on wooden steps through the redwoods to the beach.