New Records Built at Carpenter’s Barr Trail Mountain Race

La Sportiva Mountain Cup 2010The Barr Trail Mountain Race is a return event from the 2009 La Sportiva Mountain Cup, but having this as a repeat race is the furthest thing from boring. First off, the event is run on Pikes Peak, the center of the US mountain racing scene. (With this race, the Pikes Peak Ascent, and the Pikes Peak Marathon, we’d love to hear someone argue otherwise.) Second, Matt Carpenter was beat at a race on Pikes Peak. Third, new course records were set in both the men’s and women’s races. That often happens when a local race is added to the Mountain Cup for the first time, but that’s not the case here.

We’ll begin our LSMC race coverage by giving you the scoop on how the race went. Next, we’ll give you an update on the Mountain Cup standings. We’ll then move on to our giveaway contest (Crosslite-y goodness) before calling for your comments and finishing up with the full La Sportiva Mountain Cup schedule.

2010 Barr Trail Mountain Race start

The start of the 2010 Barr Trail Mountain Race.

The Race
As alluded to above,this was a burner of a race with records all around. Not only were the men’s and women’s overall course records broken, but five more age group records were set on the day. In all, 339 runners covered the race’s 12.575 miles under the strictly enforced three and a half hour cut off. That’s not bad when you consider the race climbs 3,630′ to 10,200′ in the race’s first 6.3 miles!

Men’s Race
Matt Carpenter owns Pikes Peak… or at least he has. In addition to countless victories at the Pikes Peaks Ascent and/or Marathon, he’d won the Barr Trail Mountain Race eight of the nine times he’d run it. His only loss was to Paul Low in 2003. Since then, he’d reeled off six straight wins. He also had the course record in 1:29:33 from the 2007 race, which stood as the only sub-1:30 time until Saturday.

While Ryan Hafer of Colorado Springs is only 24, he’s no newbie to this race. Going into this year he’d finished it four times. In three of those races, he’d lost only to Carpenter, but with an improving trend. Carpenter edged him by 3:56 in 2004 when Hafer was an 18 year old(!), 1:38 in 2006, and 1:12 in 2007. Last year, Hafer ran by far his slowest time at the event (1:35:20), which allowed Alex Nichols, another youngster (then 24) from Colorado Springs, to push Hafer back to third.

All three men would line up for battle again this year with world class mountain runner Rickey Gates (not long after setting a Half Dome fastest known time in Yosemite) and LSMC regulars Bernie Boetthcher and Michael Selig in the mix. Ah, but Hafer would finally have his day. In the end, the race wasn’t close. He won by more than six minutes in 1:29:05. In fact, his 6 minute and 24 second margin of victory missed being the largest ever margin of victory in the race’s eleven runnings by only 4 seconds. (Carpenter won by 6:28 over Greg Ausperger in 2000, the race’s inaugural year.)

2010 Barr Trail Mountain Race Rickey Gates Matt Carpenter

Rickey Gates (right) battling Matt Carpenter (left).

While Hafer may have won by a big margin, second through seventh places would span a mere 62 seconds. What a race! Although he didn’t set a course record, Gates (1:35:29) crossed the line in second and is now one of only three people, along with Hafer and Low, to best Matt Carpenter at the Barr Trail Mountain Race. Carpenter took home third in 1:35:46, which was a course record in the 45-49 age group and enough for the master’s win. Alex Nichols dropped back to fourth this year with a time of 1:36:13 with Peter Maksimow (1:36:19) of Colorado Springs just 6 seconds further back in fifth. Boettcher (1:36:26) of Silt, Colorado was second master and sixth overall, while Daryn Parker (1:36:31) of Manitou Springs closed out the trail traffic jam in seventh.

Women’s Race
In covering a series and a half of the La Sportiva Mountain Cup, we’ve come to expect a win… or close to it when we see the names of Brandy Erholtz, Laura Haefeli, Megan Kimmel, or Caitlin Smith. Well, this weekend the first three showed up for Barr Trail and only one would come home with the win. That’d be Erholtz. She’s also set a new course record, just like last year when she broke Haefali’s record from the 2008 race. Erholtz of Bailey, Colorado blazed the course in 1:47:57, more than a minute under her then-record time of 1:49:08 from last year. She remains the only woman to break 1:50 on the course.

2010 Barr Trail Mountain Brandy Lisa Erholtz

Brandy Lisa Erholtz en route to winning the 2010 Barr Trail Mountain Race.

Haefeli of Del Norte, Colorado would have to “settle” for second, the masters win, and the master’s record with a time of 1:50:32. She also earned a 16 second personal best. Last year’s LSMC women’s champ, Kimmel (1:56:13) of Silverton, Colorado dropped from second last year to third this year as she ran six minutes off her pace from last year. Coming from Nederland, Colorado, Lisa Marie Goldsmith, who won the race in 2006 and 2007, set a 45-49 age group record while finishing fourth overall in 1:59:12. Goldsmith, last year’s LSMC women’s masters champ, was second master at this year’s race. Finishing out the top five was Amanda Ewing of Colorado Springs in 2:00:13.

Full Results and Other Reports

La Sportiva Mountain Cup Standings
We’ve calculated the overall series standings through four Mountain Cup races ourselves. These are NOT official, but they should be pretty close.

Women
Things are heating up in the women’s side of the La Sportiva Mountain Cup. To start, there’s a new leader, Megan Kimmel, last year’s Mountain Cup champion. Laura Haefeli’s second place catapulted her into third overall. Rachel Cieslewicz did not have the race she was hoping for (9th) due to a hip injury, but she added points to her fourth place in the standings. Brandy Erholtz needed only one race, her win at Barr Trail, to move into fifth.

There are five races left in this year’s Mountain Cup, but only two weekends left during which races will be held. As all of the top ladies have at least two scoring races left (a runner’s five best race scores count toward the series total), the eventual winner will likely either need to double the weekend of August 7 and 8 or race once that weekend and race again at the series finale, the Up and Over 10k in Taos, New Mexico on August 21.

Here are iRunFar’s Unofficial Standings:

  1. Megan Kimmell – 54 pts in 3 races (17 pts at Barr Trail including 2 bonus pts for beating Cieslewicz)
  2. Alison Bryant – 46 pts in 3 races (Did not run Barr Trail)
  3. Laura Haefeli – 45 pts in 2 races (21 pts at Barr Trail including 4 bonus pts for beating Kimmel and Cieslewicz)
  4. Rachel Cieslewicz – 35 pts in 3 races (7 pts at Barr Trail)
  5. Brandy Erholtz – 26 pts in 1 race (26 pts at Barr Trail including 4 bonus pts for beating Kimmel and Cieslewicz)

Men
All three top Mountain Cup men took the weekend off… and all three stayed put at the top of the standings. Count on each of these fellas to run at least one of the four Mountain Cup races being run August 7th and 8th. Michael Selig didn’t have his best race (10th), but his six points added to his hold on fourth place. In finishing his second Mountain Cup race, Bernie Boettcher used his two bonus points from beating Selig to overtake Jacob Loverich by one point for fifth position.

Unlike the women’s side, two men – Matt Byrne and Jason Bryant – have already run four races, meaning only one more race will count before they’ll need to start displacing lower scoring races. Ryan Woods, Selig, Boettcher can all more or less race to their heart’s content. Keep in mind that both Bryant and Boettcher doubled up Mountain Cup races on same weekend of August 8th last year when both ran a Jupiter Peak/Mount Ashland double.

Here are iRunFar’s Unofficial Standings:

  1. Matt Byrne – 79 pts in 4 races (Did not run Barr Trail)
  2. Ryan Woods – 63 pts in 3 races (Did not run Barr Trail)
  3. Jason Bryant – 62 pts in 4 races (Did not run Barr Trail)
  4. Michael Selig – 36 pts in 3 races (6 pts at Barr Trail)
  5. Bernie Boettcher – 29 pts in 2 races (12 pts at Barr Trail including 2 bonus pts for beating Selig)

Official Standings
The official LSMC standings will be available here (pdf). In case you are interested, here’s a link to the official scoring rules.

iRunFar.com La Sportiva Mountain Cup Contest
La Sportiva logoIt’s been a long time since we offered up a pair La Sportiva Fireblades (iRF Fireblade review) in the Rothrock Trail Challenge article, but we’ve not forgotten. Out of more then 80 entries Henry Bickerstaff of Alva, Oklahoma is the lucky winner. Henry, we hope you enjoy your new Fireblades.

We’ve never been to Pikes Peak nor do we know what folks were wearing out there on Saturday, but we’d have brought our La Sportiva Crosslites (iRF Crosslite review). They’re a great choice for pretty much any non-ultra trail race. (Some folks wear even them for ultras, too!) Now you can win yourself a pair of Crosslites.

To enter the contest, simply leave your name and town (in the US or Canada) in a comment before we report on the Jupiter Peak Steeplechase (Bryon Powell of iRunFar will be there), the Squaw Valley Mountain Run, or the Mount Ashland Hill Climb, all of which will be run on Saturday, August 7th. As a reminder, if you enter to win the Crosslites, you’ll also automatically be eligible to win the grand prize at the end of August. Read up on the iRunFar.com La Sportiva Mountain Cup giveaway grand prize.

Call for Comments
If you ran the Barr Trail Mountain Race, please leave a comment letting everyone know how you did and what you think about the race. Past racers are invited to comment, too!

The La Sportiva Mountain Cup

There are 89 comments

  1. Mark

    I was there this past weekend, running Barr Trail Mountain Race for the first time. This was my first real race so I don't have a lot to compare it to, but I thought it was very well-managed. It's great that it attracts such top mountain racing talent and it was exciting to see these speedsters blasting past on their way back down. There were a lot of exclamations of surprise from the runners around me when Hafer came down past us with Carpenter nowhere in sight, then it took several more minutes to see Gates and Carpenter.

    I wore some cheap Nevados that aren't even really running shoes and came in at 227th, 20 minutes under the 3:30 cutoff. I know if I won some sweet Crosslites though I could probably make a run at the top ten next year!

    Mark L.

    Colorado Springs

  2. JD Kern

    My old Crosslights are worn out. They served me well running the Sapper Joe 50K and the Park city Marathon.

    JD Kern

    Perry, Utah

  3. Jennifer

    Love me some Crosslites! For Boston area trails really only need minimal trail shoe that's fast. Please put me in the drawing. Great site!

    Jen Rapaport

    Melrose, MA

  4. Tobias

    Ooh, pick me for the Crosslites, please! My current trail shoes are giving me black toenails all of a sudden!

    Tobias | Raleigh, NC

  5. Aaron Pleitner

    Just entering in for the Crosslites. I have a pair right now and love them to the point of holes showing up from high mileage.

    Cheers,

    Aaron, Edmonton, AB, Canada

  6. yahkohb

    oops. forgot to leave my name and town, duh.

    Jacob W, santa fe, nm

    I'll be bringing up the rear at Taos next month.

  7. David Ruttum

    I train in the NB MT100's, but wanted a shoe with a greater heel-to-toe drop for better climbing on mountainous terrain. I think I found the answer in the Crosslite. The crosslite has a 10mm heel-to-toe drop and is just enough to allow me to use my glutes and hamstrings with less calf strain. This is in distinction to the NB MT100's which have a minimal heel-to-toe drop and require more calf usage. I started the season with weak calves and wanted to strengthen them and achieved my goal with the MT100's. Regardless, for 100mile races in the mountains like UTMB and Grindstone I want a climbing shoe that allows me to use larger muscle groups. I tried the Crosslites this weekend on the Laurel Highland trail and climbed about 10,000feet and they felt great. The heels were high enough to allow me to use larger muscle groups without impeding my forefoot strike on the flats. Also, the crosslites did not feel like ship anchors (unlike heavier La Sportiva models like the wildcat). The trail was muddy and the grip was amazing (also in distinction to the poor wet weather performance of the MT100's). Lastly, going from training in the MT100's to the Crosslites felt like I was running on the most cushioned shoes ever. I guess if you are used to a minimalist shoe any increase in cushioning is greatly noticed.

    In order to win a pair I must say I live in Pittsburgh, PA.

  8. Kevin

    I'm poor but love to run. Sure could use a new pair of trail shoes, just in time for the Javelina Jundred. Thanks! ~Kevin Schraer in Tucson, Arizona

  9. Bill Lewis

    still in awe of your appearance in Tyler, Texas

    How are the new eyes?

    I just want to lace up the shoes, take off, blink a few times

    and then be unlacing them after completing 50 miles.

    These shoes could do that you know…

  10. Rick Brown

    my first trail shoes were the Crosslites, but were quickly replaced by Wildcats, which my feet love much. Tried to get new ones for some fresh tread, but my store was temp. out. Maybe my little used Crosslites will be dusted off for Jupiter Peak.–pls enter me for winning anything with La Sportiva on its tag.

    rick brown

    sandy, utah

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