Quite the weekend of racing! Congratulations to Tali Toncray (pictured) who placed first overall female at the Javelina Jangover 75K Ultra-Run that was held in McDowell Mountain Park. This was Tali’s first overall as an ultra-runner!
At the Las Vegas Tri, Cortney Ellish finished her first race after many years away with a time of 1:32 over the sprint distance. This time earned her 3rd in her AG and 11th overall!
Brad Lundahl finished the Mission Bay Olympic Tri in San Diego with a time of 2:15 and took 5th in his AG.
In the you-can’t-make-this-up department, Frank Smith had a near miss with an alpaca on the bike course at Ironman Chattanooga. His family thought he was hallucinating when he said he saw an alpaca slide out the back of a pick-up truck and directly into the path of his bike. But when they saw the news that evening, cameras captured the local police in their efforts to reign in the wily beast. Unfortunately, this race resulted in a rare DNF for Frank. Not because of the alpaca, but due to heat stress on a 90-degree, 80-percent humidity day.
Finally, Rebecca Felmly completed not just one, but two events on Saturday! She began the day with the Mesa Family Sprint Tri, finishing in 1:51and ended it with the quarter marathon Summer Night Trail Run in Tempe, crossing the line in 1:59!
Nice job everyone!
We want to give a big shout out to Brandon Welling who raced his first 100-mile run this past weekend at the Mogollon Monster 100 near Payson. Brandon finished in 34:56 and was the 53rd overall finisher in the race! Running a 100-mile race is a massive accomplishment. For those of you looking for a new physical and mental challenge, a 50- or 100-miler might be for you! Way to go Brandon!
Congratulations to all of you who raced the Lifetime Triathlon in Tempe. It was one of the hottest on record!!
Terry Crowley – 1:46 – 1st ever triathlon!
Rebecca Felmly – 2:10
Joe Dundas – 2:44 – 4th in AG!
Don Ennis – 2:58
Jason Prenger – 4:16
We are THRILLED to report that longtime Camelback Coaching athlete Toby Baum completed the most prestigious ultra-running race in the world, the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, or UTMB. In this race, the pinnacle of all ultra-running events, he ran 103 miles around Mont Blanc, starting and finishing in Chamonix, France, in 42 hours and 57 minutes, placing 1129th out of 2561 starters. This event is grueling–782 runners DNF’d–but Toby carried on to cross the finish line on Sunday, our very first Camelback Coaching athlete to ever start and finish this race. We cannot overstate how big a deal this is in the endurance racing community. Just incredible. Well done, Toby.
And in more news –this also falling into the EPIC category–another of our longtime CC athletes, Frank Smith, finished the Hamilton Nightglow Marathon in Ohio in 5:45 and took 3rd in his AG. This was Frank’s 128th marathon. Not a typo. 128th. For six years in a row, Frank has run a marathon or ultra every month! What a streak! To you, Frank, we offer another well-deserved well-done.
Just incredible endurance racing news all the way around this week. Great job, guys!
While Toby Baum is running around Mont Blanc and Ryan Mitchell is descending Mount Rainier, CC athlete and CC alums, Peter Lofquist, Beth Lofquist, and Cheryl Stadlman trekked up to the ancient Inca city, Machu Picchu, located high in the Andes Mountains in Peru. Wonderful to see these adventurous souls in action!
Ryan Mitchell, summit of Mount Rainier
Congratulations to Ryan Mitchell who just summited Mount Rainier! Long, challenging route this year due to the conditions and locations of crevasses. He left at midnight from base camp and made the summit at 7:30am, then descended 10,000 feet to make it back by 4:30pm. A 16-1/2 hour day for this 14,411-foot peak. Huge congrats, Ryan!
This river is the Arve that runs through Chamonix. Mont Blanc in the background.
Wanted to share a couple of photos from Toby Baum who is in Chamonix, France this weekend for the UTMB. For those of you who do not know, UTMB stands for Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc and is considered one of the hardest endurance challenges in the world. It is a 103-mile ultra-run that circumnavigates Mont Blanc in the French Alps. The total elevation gain is 31,500 feet! The race starts and finishes in the awesome mountain town of Chamonix. Most runners will take 32 to 45 hours to finish the race and will run through two nights. Toby is our first athlete to take on this challenge. You can learn more about UTMB at https://utmbmontblanc.com/en/live/occ. There is actually a weeklong festival of ultra-running that accompanies the UTMB. Good luck Toby!!
UTMB start/finish line in Chamonix
Huge congratulations to Peter Lofquist for a remarkable achievement this past weekend. Peter completed one of marathon swimming’s great events this past weekend at the 20 Bridges swim around Manhattan in NY. This open water swim circumnavigates the island of Manhattan and covers 28.5 miles. 20 Bridges is considered part of the Triple Crown of open water swimming with the others being the English Channel and the Catalina Channel. Peter completed the swim in 9:40 was 9th out of 15 starters! Great job Peter!
Wanted to share these beautiful photos taken by Tali Toncray during her 100-mile run at Zion. The first two were taken off Gooseberry Mesa, the biggest climb of the race. The third was taken in the middle of the Zion course. And the last one was looking at Goosebump Mesa. Thank you for these, Tali!
Scene from Gooseberry Mesa – Zion 100-mile run
Scene from Gooseberry Mesa – Zion 100-mile run
Zion 100-mile run – middle of the course!
Goosebump Mesa – Zion 100-mile run
Tali Toncray – Zion 100
Congratulations to Tali Toncray who ran her first 100-mile race this past weekend at the Zion 100. Tali joins Toby Baum, Kirk McCarville and Todd Silva as Camelback Coaching athletes who have run 100 miles. She finished the grueling Zion race in 29:42 and took 3rd in her AG! Nice job Tali!!
At the local Tri-Family Sprint Tri, Peter Ney logged an impressive 1:03 and took 1st overall. His race included a bike split where he averaged 26mph!
Nice job, also, to everyone who ran Pat’s Run!
Kyrsten Sinema – 32:41 – 9th in AG!
Jason Prenger – 49:03
Melissa Samuelson – 35:15
Robert Scovill – 40:42
Good luck to Dave Frome who is racing the Big Sur Marathon just two weeks after racing the Boston Marathon!
Hope to see many of you this weekend at the Cactus Man Tri!! We will have our tent set up near the finish area on Sunday.
Congratulations to Toby Baum who ran the Antelope Canyon 50M ultra-run this last weekend in 11:33! Toby will be heading to France to race the UTMB 100M ultra-run later this summer! Way to go, Toby!