2012 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile Results

Results from the 2012 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile.

By on April 15, 2012 | 18 comments

Lake Sonoma 50 MileBoth the men’s and women’s course records at the Lake Sonoma 50 Mile were smashed on a gorgeous bluebird California day.

Dakota Jones (post-race interview) ran in contact with fellow leaders Timothy Olson and Jorge Maravilla for the first half of the race before pulling away near the midway. He went on to win by nearly 20 minutes in a course record time of 6:17:27 (Old record: Hal Koerner ’10 7:08:20). Pearl Izumi teammates Timothy Olson (6:36:56) and Nick Clark (6:51:17) ran strong to finish second and third. Hal Koerner (6:57:18) bettered his old course record by 10 minutes in finishing fourth. Three more guys (for a total of seven) would break Koerner’s old course record, including Joe Uhan (6:59:55), Jorge Maravilla (7:04:16), and Dan Olmstead (7:06:00).

Dakota Jones 2012 Lake Sonoma 50

Dakota Jones leading at mile 30.

Joelle Vaught (post-race interview) led from start to finish, seemingly smiling the entire way. She reported slowing late in the race, but that didn’t stop her from taking more than half an hour off the course record in finishing in 7:52:44 (Old record: Devon Crosby-Helms ’10 8:26:53). Triathlete-turned-ultrarunner Tyler Stewart put a scare into Vaught during a short out-and-back in the final miles. In her second 50 miler, Stewart finished second in 7:56:30. Both Vaught and Stewart qualified for a spot in the Western States 100 by finishing in the top two in a Montrail Ultra Cup race. Stewart intends to run States, while Vaught is still considering the option. New ultrarunner Stephanie Howe ran in the top three all day before placing third in 8:11:51. Denise Bourassa was fourth in 8:18:03 while Rory Bosio rounded out the top fifth in 8:19:04.

Joelle Vaught 2012 Lake Sonoma 50

Joelle Vaught leading at mile 20.

For more details on how the race played out, you can check out the archive of our live coverage page.

Lake Sonoma 50 Men’s Results

  1. Dakota Jones – 6:17:27 (Old record: Hal Koerner ’10 7:08:20) (post-race interview; race report)
  2. Timothy Olson – 6:36:56 (post-race interview; race report)
  3. Nick Clark – 6:51:17 (race report)
  4. Hal Koerner – 6:57:18
  5. Joe Uhan – 6:59:55 (race report)
  6. Jorge Maravilla – 7:04:16
  7. Dan Olmstead – 7:06:00 (Dan was one of seven men to go under the old course record)
  8. Gary Gellin – 7:15:29
  9. Dave Mackey – 7:21:41
  10. Leigh Schmitt – 7:28:32

Lake Sonoma 50 Women’s Results

  1. Joelle Vaught – 7:52:44 (Old record: Devon Crosby-Helms 8:26:53) (post-race interview)
  2. Tyler Stewart – 7:56:30 (post-race interview)
  3. Stephanie Howe – 8:11:51 (post-race interview)
  4. Denise Bourassa – 8:18:03
  5. Rory Bosio – 8:19:04
  6. Jennifer Pfeifer – 8:25:56
  7. Darcy Africa – 8:44:57
  8. Caren Spore – 8:47:47
  9. Krissy Moehl – 8:57:12
  10. Gretchen Brugman – 8:59:38

Full Results.

Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.