2013 Run Rabbit Run 100 (Hare Race) Results

Run Rabbit Run 100

Sun, clouds, lightning, rain, a bit of snow, bears, and the darkness of wild places at night, the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs served up heaping portions of all that September in Colorado is known for. And, this quintessential Colorado backdrop acted as excellent proving grounds for this year’s drove of men and women in the Run Rabbit Run 100 Hare’s Race. (Bonus natural-history lesson: now you know what a group of hares is called, too!)

The women’s race was dominated from almost start to finish by Colorado’s Michele Yates (post-race interview). And while the men’s race saw some jockeying among that lead fellas’ for more miles than the ladies, it was Montana’s Jason Schlarb (post-race interview) who emerged the leader by the halfway point. For winning the Hare’s Race, Michele and Jason take home a pretty penny, $10,000 each.

Hoka One One - Time to FlyIn addition to this article, you can find our full play-by-play of the race as well as a collection of our pre-race interviews and preview on our Run Rabbit Run 100 Live Coverage page.

As usual, we’ll be updating this article with additional results as well as links to Run Rabbit Run 100-related articles, photo galleries, and race reports.

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2013 Run Rabbit Run 100 Men’s Race

Dave Mackey set the pace early, holding the lead for much of the first 40 miles. By mile 45, the trio of Jason Schlarb, Karl Meltzer, and Josh Arthur went by Mackey. Although Schlarb opened a small gap not long after, his lead was less than 10 minutes at mile 70. However, he continued to feel excellent all day–as good as one could hope to in a 100-mile race–and quickly added more than 20 minutes to his lead between miles 75 and 82. In the end, he would win by 77 minutes.

Meltzer hung onto second place, while Arthur’s quads blew out by mile 80. That opened the door for Jeff Browning to move into third place just five miles before the finish. Only two weeks after taking fourth at the TNF UTMB (post-UTMB interview), Timothy Olson ran a consistent race to earn fifth, the final money spot.

Jason Schlarb - 2013 Run Rabbit Run 100 - Fish Creek

Jason Schlarb running early in this year’s Run Rabbit Run 100. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

2013 Run Rabbit Run 100 Men’s Results

  1. Jason Schlarb (Hoka One One) – 17:15:20 (post-race interview)
  2. Karl Meltzer (Hoka One One) – 18:32:07 (pre-race interview)
  3. Jeff Browning (Patagonia) – 18:52:00 (pre-race interview)
  4. Josh Arthur (Altra) –19:06:00
  5. Timothy Olson (The North Face) – 19:46:33
  6. Jesse Haynes (INKnBURN) – 20:12:11
  7. Chris Dickey – 21:45:21
  8. Jesse Rickert – 21:45:21
  9. John Anderson (Rock/Creek) – 23:18:49
  10. Paul Terranova – 23:44:46
Karl Meltzer - 2013 Run Rabbit Run 100

Karl Meltzer biding his time early in the Run Rabbit Run 100. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

2013 Run Rabbit Run 100 Women’s Race

Though she let a couple women lead out the steep climb from the start line to the top of Mt. Werner at mile 4.4, it wasn’t long after that when Michele Yates settled into her top position. By mile 17, she’d put a nearly minute-per-mile lead on the rest of the women’s field. That lead topped out at around 50 minutes by mile 75 before Nikki Kimball started shrinking that gap. In the end,  Yates would rebuild her lead and win by 42 minutes. Rhonda Claridge passed Becky Wheeler on the final climb to take third.

Michele Yates - 2013 Run Rabbit Run 100 - Olympian Hall

Michele Yates building her commanding lead midway through the Run Rabbit Run 100. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

2013 Run Rabbit Run 100 Women’s Results

  1. Michele Yates (Ultimate Direction/GU) – 20:16:54 (post-race interview)
  2. Nikki Kimball (The North Face) – 20:59:13 (pre-race interview along with Pam Smith)
  3. Rhonda Claridge – 21:45:05
  4. Becky Wheeler (Pearl Izumi) – 21:55:59
  5. Pam Smith (La Sportiva) – 22:38:50 (pre-race interview along with Nikki Kimball)
  6. Melanie Fryar – 23:12:35
  7. Jenny Pierce – 24:04:42
  8. Cassie Scallon (Salomon) – 24:49:26
  9. Alyssa Wildeboer (Pearl Izumi) – 24:56:05
  10. Salynda Fleury – 26:43:21
Nikki Kimball - 2013 Run Rabbit Run 100

Nikki Kimball working a hill early in the Run Rabbit Run 100. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

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Thanks to Matt Curtis and Sarah Kostin for helping provide on-course coverage of the race!

There are 62 comments

  1. Anonymous

    I can´t believe that Tim Olsen get it done, again 5th place after 4th two weeks ago,

    three 100 miles races, and a lots of other top runs. For me, he is the number one in the USA.


  2. jenn

    Wow, great race! Schlarb has to feel pretty darn good. I'm probably most impressed with Tim Olson, though – I hope he has some time off planned! Also impressed that 4 of the top 10 were women! :) Fantastic race by Michele.

  3. Ian Sharman

    Is this too late in the season for a competitive 100-miler? Sounds like burn-out from some of the runners and a field reduced by being between UTMB and UROC. Is that the case or am I picking up on something that's not there?

    1. Justin

      Ian, I don't think it is too late. With quite a few 'top' names giving it a miss due to other commitments and high profile events, doesn't mean that others can't use RRR as their main focus. I personally like a goal at the back end of the season, perhaps to bring the year to an end :)

      ''Pretty fast times for burn out, especially given some of the climbs and altitude.'' Good point

  4. Anonymous

    I don't know if I see burn-out in Schlarb, Browning, Meltzer, or even Olson. It's certainly not evident in the field of women, especially Kimball, who ran solid all through.

  5. Kurt Decker

    What motivates the top ultra people? I would think $10K would bring in many more top people. Not taking anything away for who did run but I find it weird that that amount of $$ is not a bigger draw. Maybe it's cool that the $$ do not sway more runners.

    1. SageCanaday

      TNF50 seems to always bring in a good crowd (same $10k prize for 1st) and has for years. I think a lot of people don't know about RRR100's prize money purse (at least former roadies who may be more motivated to take a stab at it as their first 100 rather than worrying about paying $400 to enter WS100, qualify, and find a pacer). I had never heard about it it until right before the race just last year. Others may be worried about getting lost – or just don't want to run such a grueling distance as 100 miles. Props to Michele and Jason for each winning by over an hour though…they deserved it!

      Personally I'm not going to risk injury/burnout trying to 'go the distance' of something that far…at least not yet. UROC is a total 100% focus and it's not because of the prize purse (although that would help pay rent!) but rather because it's the SkyRunning Final. Same thing with TNF50…it's like a championship event and the main draw is the top competition and trails I like (as long as the course is marked well).

      $10k is still huge though…in road running 2:12 marathoners a lot of times have trouble winning less than half that much (if anything)!

  6. Rodarte

    Jesse Haynes rocked it. He placed 7th in the Western States. Now 6th place. Nice to have a local boy from SoCal representing ;-)

    Kudos to all the finishers and all of the women in the top 10. Very cool.

  7. Schlarb

    Thanks Sage for the props!This year had an amazing representation on the women's side and the men had quite a cadre of professional runners as well: dave, karl, Tim, Dave James, browning, jason loutit,josh (Joe Grant was to race but had to stay in Boulder)and a few others and last year was stacked too. Being between urock and UTMB takes a number of athletes out of the race and maybe there was some fear on course confusion (Totally resolved now). it would be nice to see some international runners at the race, but even North Face San Francisco only sees a couple Europeans each year.

  8. Anonymous

    Sage – you didn't hear about this race before last year because last year was the first RRR100. Perhaps since it's so new, it doesn't draw as deep an elite field…yet. I still think it was amazing performances by the athletes who did compete.

    1. Matt

      Indeed, because he doesn't compete in orienteering. A well marked course should be the main priority for any RD who is hosting elite trail runners.

  9. Speedgoatkarl

    RRR is still in it's infancy. Only two years and it's attracted the second strongest 100 mile field (behind WS) Money will eventually attract more, and once RRR gets a bigger field, more sponsors, that winning prize could top 20k. Skyrunning is an incredibly cool series, but very little prize money is offered thru skyrunning. UROC does have a good purse, 20k is cool, but UROC provides the money. Skyrunning offers "points" and a small bit of money. I'd rather face "burnout", then run for points and a ranking.

    Just my two cents, the sport is changing now, and both options are great for whatever flips our boat. I'm old, so I need a variable that gives me an advantage….that would be further distance.

    Sage, good luck at UROC, that course fits you perfectly, but go scope out every turn beforehand, make sure you can follow it without markings, and you won't have any issues.

    1. SageCanaday

      Thanks Karl,

      I didn't mean to disrespect the RRR100 elite field by any means (sorry if it sounded like I did as I only used TNF50 and UROC as examples because those are the only races I've done and know/have experience at).

      RRR had a very competitive field and those were great performances. I just thought that with the amount of prize money there would be a little more online marketing efforts/ads etc. I learned about ultra running by finding an ad in Runners World or Running Times magazine talking about TNF50 and the $10k back in my Hansons days. I'm still so new to the sport half this stuff goes over my head anyway… However, I appreciate and respect those who have been around much much longer than I have in the sport (some even longer than I've been alive) and learning more about the history and how things have changed…so it's good to hear from the masters.

      On another note I'm very grateful for the amount of prize money that was offered at Speedgoat….that was by far my biggest pay day ever in running (way more money than I'd ever touch in road racing). But again, part of the reason I did Speedgoat was because it was part of the SkyRunning series and I knew (coming from you) it would be great, organized event! Competitive field, well-marked course, great aid stations, great views, and great challenge etc.

      Maybe I really didn't want to come out to RRR100 (or WS 100 for that matter) because the 100 mile distance just flat out scares the crap out of me! (The 100km distance at UROC already scares the crap out of me)…it will be very tough. Thanks for the support!

  10. Fred Abramowitz

    Sage, I've never met you but appreciate your thoughtful comments. We were a bit reluctant to do much by the way of marketing for the simple reason that, well, we were a new race and we knew there would be kinks – as there were the first year. We think they are resolved now. Anyway, we'd rather put our money into the purse and our charities – marketing costs money. I do think that ultra running is still a word of mouth sport and I think now the word about our race is out, that we put on a race that offers real purse money and is still a first class, fun, challenging event to the "average" 100 mile runner (as if anyone who runs 100 miles is average). And hopefully next year we will go beyond $10,000.

    And wait until you're my age. 100 miles will really scare the crap out of you …lol.

    1. MattC

      I'm actually happy that the top of the field are able to be paid something for doing what they are passionate about. I can guarantee that whatever payoff they are getting, it pales to the level of effort they put in, and the hours they dedicate. Running (whether it is ultras, road or track) is an incredibly difficult sport in which to make money, so if the guys and girls at the front are able to find some races where they can make a few bucks, get a few sponsors, and earn a living, congratulations.

      1. Jeremy

        The anonymous troll is sad. I'll bite.

        Realize that "sponsored" doesn't necessarily mean a salary. Some may have a small salary or stipend, but most just get some free gear and perhaps some money to travel and cover the race entry. Most still won't break even on the deal. As Matt C (the Matt C???) says, whatever they make is a pittance compared to the work load put in. Sponsorship just isn't as glamorous as it sounds. No one is getting rich here.

  11. Scott

    What about all these sponsored runners who rake in cash offering; online coaching, program design, gait feedback, analysis of whatever,etc. Look at the cost of attending some of the "running camps" these guys put on…

    They are making cash, not necessarily directly from the company sponsoring them, but they are making cash through being associated with said sponsorship.

    Many of these guys simply fail to capitalize on the exposure they are gifted from their sponsors.

    1. Tom D.

      Whatever these sponsored runners get from camps, coaching, etc. is deserved. People will pay whst they bieve is fair for these services. Making a living in running, let alone ultrarunning is extremely difficult and risky. Good one day, not so great the next and sponsorships dry up quickly. As has been said before, these sponsorships are almost always gear and some travel money. Nike has many sponsored runners but many of those are for nominal cash and heavily, to the point of getting dropped after 1 or 2 sub par performance, based upon stacking a bunch of top results. I hope the top guys can " make hay while the sunshines" because it can't last forever and the pension stinks.

    2. Speedgoatkarl

      coaching, camps, gait feedback…..

      Those are called "jobs" Scott. Pay attention. :-)

      Yes, making money Thru ultrarunning. Using their knowledge to help others….Is that not what people do when they go to work?

  12. Wyatt

    Being married to an elite runner that has sponsors and does coaching, I can tell you first hand they are not in it for the money and not getting rich. Even with all that and her usually winning prize money when she races, we consider it a great year if we can breakeven and as is usually the case, a good year if we only finish a couple thousand in the red with her running and coaching.

    1. SageCanaday

      well said Wyatt! To make any profit you either have to get very lucky with sponsors (in which some companies [not SCOTT] don't neccesarily reward the fastest runners) or race a ton and pick and choose races with the prize money that you can also afford to travel to…even then, all the hard work and time training leading up to any "payday" should also be taken into consideration. I'm 27, but I've been running hard and training 12 months a year for the last 15 years…lots of miles!

      1. Scott

        The overarching problem I see in this discussion is runners whining about not running for money and not getting money for the running they do.

        If you aren't in it for the money…. Then where is the complaint that you aren't making money coming from? If you need money get a job. Don't want to work? Don't expect to make money. It's that simple. Unless you get creative or entrepreneurial with your running to invent a cash flow from it. If you are not doing that then how can you complain about not making money from running… Running does nothing for anyone but the person running, and those "results" are only personal unless that persona is representing a brand. When representing a brand you are just a human advertisement. Why would a company pay exponentially more for ad time on a person than it would on a far more lucrative means of advertising that reaches more people,demographics,etc. They wouldn't and they won't. It's not profitable.

        1. Dave M


          The vast majority of races that "elites" or anyone races do not have prize money. And most all of them also work occupations outside of racing, and in fact perform jobs which elevate the sport beyond just competing. Most elites run for the love of competition and giving their best, just like anyone else. Having raced at this level for almost 20 years, maybe %5 of races have prize money that I have competed in, and money wasn't the reason to toe the line. This year alone I've raced Bandera 100K 2nd plwon $500, Mt Mitchell Challenge 1st pl won $250), Rodeo Beach 50K 1st pl no money, Lake Sonoma 5th pl no money, SD 100 no prize money, WS 100 no prize money, Pikes Peak Double (no prize money but some for podium in ind races), RRR 100 10K to win. there has been only one (RRR 100) where money was a factor in showing up but wanted to run the race anyway. About half of the biggest races out there don't have prize money, ie UTMB, WS 100, Hardrock.

          Regarding sponsorship, yes it happens but is it bad? Hardly in my opinion. The stipends are modest at best and there's free gear for most who wear a logo out there. Human advertisement? Yep. So? This isn't NASCAR, this is a hogepodge group who want modest, or better yet mild, help to get to races and pay a few bills but mostly to support the passion they have for running trails best they can. The companies that sponsor are the same who help the races happen, and the ones who provide the product everyone uses. If you are anticapitalist and don't buy into the system I understand but otherwise I am not sure what the big deal is.

  13. Dave M

    Maybe 5 men and 5 women at RRR 100 get a stipend from sponsors and maybe a bonus structure for podium finishes. "Sad in a way" if staying in the dark ages..or being "anonymous".

  14. Lucia

    Indeed? And who cares for non-elite runners, who pay the fees and therefore carry most of race associated cost? they should just be given a piece of paper with directions and good luck out there try not to get lost?

    All races should have well-marked courses, regardless how many "elite" runners are running it.

  15. Jeremy

    Kurt, that is a great question. I planned to race it all year and last year too. I tried to get psyched for it. I really did. I could have used a shot at some cash. In the end, I could not get over the course. It looks like they just tried to make the course cover 100 miles at all costs- with the crazy out and backs, with out and backs on top of those- on what sounds like dirt roads for most of it. In the end, my desire for course aesthetics trumped and I picked The Bear for my fall race. If they can straighten out that RRR course, it will be the biggest thing going. I still feel drawn to it for next year. Hard to look past all that money. I have never been on the course (just read and studied up on pics, maps, reports), so if I am off base someone please set me straight. For me, it's all about the course.


    1. Speedgoatkarl

      your'e a little off….. :-) The course is quite nice, and with the out and back from Summit, it enters a great dynamic because the lead runners know exactly where the competition is at the starting line…a.k.a. mile 70. See ya on Friday.

  16. CaptainHonesty

    Read Sage's comment.. He obviously feels the time he puts into running isn't rewarded fairly. That is an attitude that is rampant. Look at the fact that we have garbage collectors making 100 grand a year with full benefits while our teachers are paid 30… Wake up people. Doing nothing of benefit to anyone but yourself should get you nothing.

  17. Scott

    I was simply pointing out the reality that running for money is not a very smart way to make money so runners, especially the elites and sponsored runners, who bitch and moan about the races not offering money, sponsors not paying enough,etc are apparently living in some alternate reality where people get paid for doing nothing. You are just running. Regardless of if it's a race or not. Just because you find it so personally important does not mean it should be equally financially rewarding. The world, sadly, doesn't work that way.

    Your comment about this not being NASCAR is exactly my point. These runners, elites, sponsored runners (Karl Meltzer comes to mind) who are constantly blathering about there needing to be more money in these races seem to think they are race cars circling a track at Daytona and millions and millions of dollars is being invested in them by their sponsors. But in reality they are just a guy wearing the shirt and no one is going to walk around with a runner on their shirt so the money goes to the brand. Sorry. That's just reality. Yes they put in the effort to train and race and win but so does everyone else… these guys just picked the wrong sport and can't deal with it.

  18. Scott

    And yes performing work for someone is a job. Running around… is not work for anyone but yourself..so if you can pay yourself fine. Otherwise who should pay you for spending a bunch of time running? Please tell me I would love to meet them.

  19. Scott

    Also..take a look at the entrance list to UROC. That's a $10,000 purse. A ton of elites and sponsored runners missing. So apparently money in races doesn't = attendance.

  20. Wyatt

    Scott, I think it is safe to say you haven't personally spent a lot of time talking to these elite runners you like to bash. Every elite I've ever met has been very grateful for any sponsorship they may have and any prize money that may be offered. Would they like to see more than what they are getting…sure, what person wouldn't, that is human nature.

    But to say they are getting paid to do nothing couldn't be any further from the truth. There is a reason they are "elites", their training regimes and the intensity and focus in their training makes us amateurs like you and me look like jokers. To say they are doing what everyone else is doing is simply not true. Try to spend a week doing the training program of an elite and if you can make it past that week repeat that for the next 51 weeks and by the end of the year you will certainly know that what us amateurs do and what the elites do are not even comparable.

    These elites are chasing after their dreams and you have to respect that…how many of us can honestly say we have the balls to chase after our dreams? Especially, when it means you may struggle financially doing so. These elites have a passion for what they are doing, so much so that they are constantly giving back to the sport they love, whether it be helping us amateurs with a training program to reach ours goals, working with their sponsors to make better products for us amateurs to enjoy, or directing/working races that us amateurs can run in and enjoy.

    If anything, runners like you and I should look up to these elites for inspiration rather then try to bash them. Many of them have great stories we can learn from, stories of their struggles and overcoming adversity to live out their dreams. If anything, runners like you and I should want them to make more money doing what they love rather than us bitch about them even discussing money or sponsorship. We benefit directly from their successes and passion for the sport in the forms of better/more gear and more races that they are personally either working or are the race director of. If anything, runners like you and I should take the time to get to know these elites rather than passing judgement on a person we watched an interview of once or read an article on once. And the best part is….most of the elites would happily sit down with you after a race, drink a beer and get to know you and answer any questions you may have.

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