A top field of runners from around the world faced off in California at the 2013 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile on Saturday. Graced by great weather, firm trails, and good competition, the runners had every reason to run fast. And they did. Both the men’s and women’s course records were broken with many others running strong races. In the end, Scott’s Sage Canaday (post-race interview) and Salomon’s Cassie Scallon (post-race interview) came out on top.
In addition to the following wrap up, you can find our full play-by-play of the race as well as our race previews on our Lake Sonoma 50 Mile Live Coverage page.
As usual, we’ll be updating this article with additional results as well as links to Lake Sonoma-related articles, photo galleries, and race reports in the days after the race.
2013 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile Men’s Race
Max King and Cameron Clayton ran hard from go with the duo opening a small gap on the field in the race’s first dozen miles. In the next dozen miles, they stretched that lead into five minutes ahead of Sage Canaday and Chris Vargo with a large group not far behind. By mile 30, King had put 75 seconds on Clayton, while Canaday had closed a small portion of King’s lead, but still remained four and a half minutes back. A mere 8 miles later, Canaday had passed both runners and put 3 minutes on King. Both Clayton and King were hurting. As it turns out, King was hurting worse. While Clayton passed King en route to the finish, Canaday sped off to a course record finish of 6:14:55, improving on Dakota Jones‘ time of 6:17:27 from 2012.
2013 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile Men’s Results
- Sage Canaday (Scott) – 6:14:55 (post-race interview)
- Cameron Clayton (Salomon) – 6:26:24 (post-race interview)
- Max King (Montrail) – 6:33:57
- Jorge Maravilla (Salomon) – 6:39:05
- Dave Mackey (Hoka One One) – 6:40:46
- Chris Vargo – 6:40:51
- Joe Uhan (Pearl Izumi) – 6:41:10
- Galen Burrell – 6:42:09
- Ryan Ghelfi – 6:46:13
- Nick Clark (Pearl Izumi) – 6:53:10
2013 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile Women’s Race
Unlike the men’s race, a sole runner took control early in the women’s race and that was Cassie Scallon. She put a couple minutes on Joelle Vaught in the early miles and more or less held that same three-to-five-minute lead on Vaught through the mid-race turn around. And then Scallon’s wheels fell off. Anyone seeing Scallon at mile 30 would have expected her to drop from the race not long after. Following the race, she admitted that she would have used any nearly any reason to drop out at that point. A few miles later, Vaught passed Scallon and built a 3-minute lead by mile 38. It was Vaught’s turn to falter with her right leg going numb on the climbs, which is usually her strength. Meanwhile, Scallon recovered and eventually saw Vaught ahead. Soon after, she made the definitive pass. By the finish, Scallon had beaten Vaught by a quarter hour and set a new course record of 7:47:42, lowering the record of 7:52:44 set by Vaught in 2012.
2013 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile Women’s Results
- Cassie Scallon (Salomon) – 7:47:42 (post-race interview)
- Joelle Vaught (Montrail) – 8:02:39 (post-race interview)
- Amy Sproston (Montrail) – 8:04:11
- Rory Bosio (The North Face) – 8:08:37
- Meghan Arbogast (Scott) – 8:15:58
- Sally McRae – 8:32:41
- Luanne Park – 8:39:16
- Bree Lambert – 8:43:48
- Denise Bourassa (Patagonia) – 8:52:11
- Kathy D’onofrio – 8:56:26
2013 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile Articles, Race Reports, and More
Articles and Photo Galleries
Matt Trappe’s photos[broken link removed]
- Sage Canaday’s race video
- Old School Meets New School – Andy Jones-Wilkins
- Showdown in Cali – Trail Runner Mag
- Brad Clayton’s photos