The La Sportiva Mountain traveled back east for the challenging Bel Monte Endurance Run 25k. As with the previous Mountain Cup race, the Nueces Endurance Trail Run, Bel Monte is a festival of trail running events with a 50k and 50 miler in addition to the 25k. Mark Lundblad (7:41:56 – course record) and Sara Pragluski (11:27:40) won the 50 mile, while Brad Hinton (4:52:59) and Amy Lane (5:09:51) won the 50k… but back to the Mountain Cup where the men’s winner set a new course record.
On the recommendation from race directors J. Russell Gill and Francesca Conte, La Sportiva presented the Standout Award to Virginia local Nick Hamblet. Hamblet is well known within the local trail running community and has regularly been a tremendous help to Francesca, Gill and the Charlottesville Running Company. Special edition Bel Monte Going the Distance race tees (right) will be available from the Charlottesville Running Company
After kicking things off with our LSMC race coverage, we’ll take a look at the Mountain Cup standings. Next, we’ll move on to our La Sportiva shoe giveaway contest before calling for your comments and finishing up with the full La Sportiva Mountain Cup schedule.
Two Mountain Cup regulars, Ryan Woods and Jason Bryant, went at it again outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. This time, Woods came out ahead by a bit over three minutes. He won in 1:56:04 with Bryant following up in 1:59:33. Chad Motz was well back in third with either a dead heat or a heck of a sprint finish between John Heermans and Thad Minshall for fourth and fifth.
- Ryan Woods – 1:56:04
- Jason Bryant – 1:59:33
- Chad Motz – 2:12:07
- John Heermans – 2:14:28
- Thand Minshall – 2:14:28
Two familiar names also dominated the women’s race. Annette Bednosky, a top ultrarunner, ran away from the field to win in 2:26. Although Bednosky normally focuses on ultras, she’s showing that she could be a threat if she decided to make a go for the Mountain Cup. After spending more than 2 months off due to injuries, LSMC regular Alison Bryant ran well to finish second.
- Annette Bednosky (race report) – 2:26:06
- Alison Bryant – 2:42:50
- Laren Rusin – 2:52:03
- Coro Cope – 2:52:29
- Carol Krill – 2:59:32
Full results are available.
With his win, Ryan Woods (42 pts) moved himself into sole possession of first. Jason Bryant (30 pts) jumped from a seventh-place tie.
- Ryan Woods – 42 points (2 races – 22 pts from Bel Monte)
- Jason Bryan – 30 pts (2 races – 17 points from Bel Monte)
- Waylon Calabrese – 20 pts (1 race – Did not race Bel Monte)
- (T-4) Jared Scott – 17 pts (1 race – Did not race Bel Monte)
- (T-4) Justin Gonzales – 17 pts (1 race – Did not race Bel Monte)
Annette Bednosky moves into first place for the women on the strength of her win. Rachel Cieslewicz remains in second.
- Annette Bednosky – 35 pts (2 races – 20 pts at Bel Monte)
- Rachel Cieslewicz – 32 pts (2 races – Did not race Bel Monte)
- Megan Kimmel – 22 pts (1 race – Did not race Bel Monte)
- Martha Nelson – 20 pts (1 race – Did not race Bel Monte)
- Melanie Fryar – 19 pts (1 race – Did not race Bel Monte)
Official Mountain Cup standings can be found here.
iRunFar.com La Sportiva Mountain Cup Contest
Trevor Woods of Austin, Texas wins the La Sportiva’s Raptors (iRF review) for the Nueces giveaway. Uncharacteristically, we’ll be giving away the same La Sportiva models in back-to-back contests. Per our contact on the ground, “The Raptor would have been a great choice with its cushioning and its grip on the extremely loose and rocky sections that took down several would be finishers and left many more bruised and bloodied.”
If you want a second chance to win your own pair of La Sportiva Raptors? Simply leave your name and town (in the US or Canada) in a comment before we write about the next Mountain Cup race, the Dry Creek Half Marathon on April 2 in Hidden Springs, Idaho. As a reminder, if you enter to win the Raptors 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 any of the Bel Monte Endurance Trail Runs, please leave a comment letting everyone know how you did and what you think about the race. Past racers are invited to comment, too!