2013 Speedgoat 50k Results and Roundup

On the day the started cool and rainy, there was plenty of hot racing action at the 2013 Speedgoat 50k with both the men’s and women’s course records going down Sage Canaday (post-race interview) and Stephanie Howe (post-race interview). Canaday led from mile four to the finish while Howe passed Jodee Adams-Moore in the final downhill to take the women’s winner.

Hoka One One - Time to FlyIn addition, 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 2013 Speedgoat 50k Live Coverage page.

As usual, we’ll be updating this article with additional results as well as links to Speedgoat 50k-related articles, photo galleries, and race reports.

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2013 Speedgoat 50k Men’s Race

Sage Canaday and Max King took the race out in the early miles, jointing leading halfway through the first 8.3 mile climb. That’s when Canaday made a move in hopes of catching the $1,000 prime atop Hidden Peak. He captured that prime before building a 9-minute lead by mile 21.

2013 Speedgoat 50k - Sage Canaday

Sage Canaday after winning.

At the same time King and Anton Krupicka settled in together and ran within 50 meters of one another until shortly after hitting the Larry’s Hole aid station at mile 21. That’s when Anton Krupicka went into hunting mode as he knew he closed 9 minutes on Kilian Jornet in the final 10 miles in last year’s race. He closed the gap to 4 minutes behind Canaday at the top of the final summit at mile 26, but could only come within 90 seconds before the finish.

2013 Speedgoat 50k - Anton Krupicka

Anton Krupicka after taking second.

On the other hand, King faded in the last 10 miles with Jason Schlarb passing him before the final descent.

2013 Speedgoat 50k - Max King

Max was second over Hidden Peak at mile 8.4.

2013 Speedgoat 50k Men’s Results

  1. Sage Canaday (SCOTT Sports) – 5:08:07 (post-race interview)
  2. Anton Krupicka (New Balance) – 5:09:36 (post-race interview)
  3. Jason Schlarb (Hoka One One) – 5:19:34
  4. Max King (Montrail) – 5:29:02
  5. Justin Yates – 5:42:24
  6. Luke Nelson (Patagonia) – 5:47:09
  7. Timothy Olson (The North Face) – 5:47:10
  8. Jason Loutitt (The North Face) – 5:49:35
  9. Michael Barlow – 5:53:37
  10. Ryan Smith – 5:53:51

Full results.

2013 Speedgoat 50k - Timothy Olson - Luke Nelson - Anton Krupicka - Sage Canaday - Max King

Olson, Nelson, Krupicka, Canaday, and King.

2013 Speedgoat 50k Women’s Race

Jodee Adams-Moore lead early in this years Speedgoat to take the Hidden Peak prime. Alicia Shay, Stephanie Howe, and Ruby Muir all came over the top within 8 and 10 minutes of Adams-Moore.

2013 Speedgoat 50k - Jodee Adams-Moore

Jodee Adams-Moore leading atop the first climb.

Adams-Moore, Howe, and Ruby continued to roll on to Pacific Mine at halfway while Shay quickly fell back. (She would later drop at mile 21.) That threesome continued on in the same order with the latter two being 7 and 10 minutes back at mile 21. As with Anton in the men’s race, that’s when Stephanie began her move.

2013 Speedgoat 50k - Stephanie Howe

Stephanie Howe in second in second at mile 8.4. She’d go on to win.

At Hidden Peak 2 (mile 26.2), Howe had closed Adams-Moore’s lead from 7 to 4 minutes while Muir remained the same 10 minutes back. Howe beat Adams-Moore by a minute per mile over the final five miles to win by a scant minute. Muir held on to finish third eight minutes back.

2013 Speedgoat 50k - Ruby Muir

Ruby Muir ran in third much of the day. That’s where she’d finish.

Krissy Moehl ran in fourth all day once she passed Shay.

2013 Speedgoat 50k - Krissy Moehl

Krissy Moehl cresting Hidden Peak for the first time.

2013 Speedgoat 50k Women’s Results

  1. Stephanie Howe (The North Face) – 6:17:02 (post-race interview)
  2. Jodee Adams-Moore – 6:18:06
  3. Ruby Muir (Vibram FiveFingers) – 6:25:54
  4. Emma Roca (Hoka One One) – 6:41:21
  5. Krissy Moehl (Patagonia) – 6:43:54
  6. Becky Wheeler (Pearl Izumi) – 6:48:43
  7. Silke Koester – 6:52:16
  8. Erica Baron – 6:55:46
  9. Anita Ortiz (Salomon) – 7:02:18
  10. Francesca Canepa (Vibram) – 7:05:14

Full results.

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There are 55 comments

  1. Jw

    I didn't get a chance to follow latter stages of race…what happens to Max King in these races. I noticed he was near front for most part with AK then falls off at the end? Why does he seem to keep running out of gas in these races?

  2. Dean G

    I know lots of people who run in vibrams. Even some who do ultras.. But can anyone think of a person who placed top 3 in a field like this in them? Let alone on this course. Wow.

    1. JP

      Let alone on this course? It sounds like its hard pack gravel! (Thats only based on discussion here, ive not run if). Ruby is awesome, and its not because she wears de five fingers! I think she would only have been higher up the results if the course was more technical.

      1. AndyJ

        Today I passed Ruby on two of the major climbs and watched her fly past me like I was standing still on both the descents. I am a fast decender. I don't get passed often. But I knew she was coming when I hit the top of every climb when I lead to the summit. I thought her feet would be mush by the end of this race but she finished like she ran the rest of the descents…unbelievably fast for any gender, any footwear. Ruby is a good climber, but not great. If she becomes a great climber…look out. She might be the fastest downhill runner I have ever seen, man or woman.

        Not to be a dick, but JP, don't post a comment like the above unless you know what you are talking about. Speedgoat is super technical and REALLY rocky. Not gravel rocky, talus and washed out jeep road rocky. It is the exact type of terrain where most would think 5 fingers would be the worst footwear choice. Gravel and hardpack exist on the course, but when it is nasty, which is often, it is really nasty. For the record, Ruby told me the elevation was wearing her out.

    2. kristian

      In NZ we grow up in barefeet, a lot of kids especially in the rural areas wont even wear shoes until they are forced to in high school. Even then it's not entirely uncommon to see people rocking the barefeet in the city, supermarket or pub.

      It may be slightly frowned upon in the more up market areas, but not to the same extent as other places in the world where it might be seen as a sign of poverty etc.

  3. Shaun

    What a race! Congratulations to everyone who toed the line and to everyone who helped competitors get there. To finish an awesome race like the Speedgoat 50k must feel like a million bucks and to finish fast must feel even better!

  4. Matt

    Does anyone know how Dusty Olson did in the race? It was cool to hear he was running after all he has gone through fighting Lyme disease! For all of us that enjoy being out in nature Lyme disease is something we should all be conscious about.

  5. Collin

    Really excellent race for Sage. If he can win here, there is absolutely no doubt that he really is the top American at anything 100k or shorter on any terrain.

    1. Mike

      Sorry, but I think he is one of several top Americans, but not THE top American. This is a dynamic sport, and people can be the next big thing and then burn out. Sage is very fast, no doubt, and I admire his attitude and lack of pretention. But I have to say, he is probably a little shaken by AK being able to make up so much ground on him…and for Tony, it probably is a good confidence boost for him, just what he needs after a spotty couple of last years in races. Tim Olson just blows my mind: Not on the radar, then suddenly 7th.

      1. nbskis

        i was on the next switchback under tim within a half mile of the summit with a couple other guys between, he was probably running about 15th. not surprised to see him make that kind of a move in a long 50k.

      2. Jake

        Sorry going to have to agree with Colin. If you can't say Sage is the top American at this point at 100K or shorter with this win, then you will never say it. AK ran a great race, Olsen did okay he's probably tired from western. But if you can see the silver lining in everything but say Sage isn't the top American at 100K with this win you are not really judging everyone equally.

  6. nbskis

    seconding andy's analysis as i finished about a minute behind him. she passed me at full tilt through a rock garden minutes after i passed her on the last major uphill. badass.

  7. Rich

    She should get an extra bonus for running in harder shoes! :: eye roll ::

    relax everyone, it's just someone's shoe preference.

    1. AndyJ

      Hi Rich, I'm certainly not saying that, but having worked in a running specialty store for a couple years and hearing how you need this or that trendy and many times excessive feature, I find it refreshing to see someone bucking popular beliefs on footwear and showing that it still, as it has always been, the runner that creates success; not the shoe.

  8. Randy

    Tony's headed to UTMB this year i believe,any other top Americans?Euro's are tough there,but seems like the U.S. are catching up to there long history of mountain runners,and is iRunFar covering it this year?(expensive trip!).

        1. Tahoe Pete

          Timmothy Olson is also running. A ton of good Americans.

          This year. I think this is the year of America at utmb. Tk with the w.

  9. Couchwhisperer

    Good thing Tony believes in a taper,only 46,000 vert. a week ago.He may want to get that OCD checked into,could possibly get out of check if he's not careful.

      1. Couchwhisperer

        Yea,you're right.I used checked and check in the same sentence,looks silly.Should have said,"He may want to get that OCD looked into,could possibly get out of check if he's not careful.Thanks Anon.

  10. Dom

    I had exactly the same experience as Andy. I passed Ruby — for the first time — on the first big climb. I gasped at her choice of footwear, which already seemed ridiculous even though at that point we'd only run on relatively smooth trails and some dirt road.

    I also noticed that she was breathing very hard, and it sounded labored and wet to me. So much so that I was worried that she might be developing pulmonary edema. I thought about warning her to pull out if it got any worse, but decided not to be a busybody. I mention this because I think not having had time to acclimate to the altitude was a big factor in her race.

    She came flying past me on the first short, steep downhill. I was shocked how fast she was running downhill. That was a short stretch, but overgrown, rocky and loose. That set the pattern for the day. I would pass her on each uphill and she would come flying by me on each downhill. It was a breathtaking sight, and one that will long linger in my memory. She looked like she was skipping down the mountain. As Andy said, I don't think I've ever seen anyone run downhill that fast. And certainly not early in a long race. And certainly not in *those* shoes.

    We encountered almost every running surface under the sun, but there were miles and miles of steep, loose, rocky, sharp descents. I was wearing a mid-weight shoe (Brooks Pure Grit) and I wanted much more foot protection. In short *exactly* the kind of terrain where FiveFingers would be the worst possible footwear imaginable (except maybe completely barefoot). I've run with other FiveFinger wearers, and they've been very fast on the flats and smooth sections, but as soon as it gets rocky, they have to slow down and pick their way through. When they hit rubble, there's literally nowhere comfortable to place their feet and they're wincing in pain. In the Speedgoat, Ruby did not discernably slow her staggeringly fast pace no matter how bad the surface became.

    I'm fond of remarking "When someone beats me in a trail race wearing FiveFingers, I'll take them seriously." That almost happened yesterday. Ruby flew by me on the final descent, but ran out of juice on the final flatter section at the bottom. She had come all the way from New Zealand for this race, and I felt sorry for her. She was the third woman to cross the line, but only 8 minutes behind the winner. Ruby lives at sea level and was struggling with the high altitude. (I'm not suggesting that the other women didn't, but response to altitude is very variable.)

    I really struggle to put into words what a dazzling and inspiring display of downhill speed and mental toughness this was. I guarantee you that anyone who watched her yesterday will be talking about it for years.


      1. Alex

        Whether tired from that one race or not, I imagine it must be impossibly difficult to maintain such a high level of overall running fitness. If you're targeting a 12k race, I imagine you make some sacrifices, regarding your ability to run 9 min miles all day. Of course, Max has had unbelievable success while racing everything from the steeplechase to 100K, but at the highest level, specificity matters.

        1. Ben Nephew

          It is quite common for marathoners to PR at 10k right around the time of their goal marathon. Mo Farah, the best 10k runner on the planet, just ran 3:28 for 1500 meters. Kilian has one of the fastest vertical kilometer times, and is competitive at the highest level at shorter mountain races. Sage was the second American at the WMRA Championship last year. Matt Carpenter recognized the importance of maintaining shorter distance workouts years ago. The relevant specificity issue for Max was more likely to be altitude, but I'd guess he still felt the Cranmore race.

          1. Alex

            Those are certainly valid – and weighty – considerations to the opposite, of which I'm aware. To be clear, I'm not saying you can't succeed at a variety of distances, or that Max hasn't done so spectacularly. Clearly, it can be done. And clearly, he's done quite a lot of it. Lest we forget, Max did get 4th in this race. If it were anyone else, we'd be talking about what a great day he had. But his results are such that the bar for perceived success is incredibly high. I'm just saying it's probably harder to peak for two very different races which are only a week apart, when your podium aspirant competitors are specifically ultra focused. Certainly, fatigue is also a viable explanation, and probably a factor.

  11. Paul G.

    How 'bout TJ Hooks! 15 yr old getting 17th place amid some fine racers. Shout out to TJ from the group you met at Lightner Creek Campground in Durango. Way to go TJ!

  12. Steve Pero

    I wore Inov-8's and my feet were mush halfway through the race…as a side note, I also wore these shoes at Hardrock two weeks ago, so that may have contributed to the problem. I literally had to walk the last several downhill miles, the bottoms of my feet were so sore!

    Kudos to Ruby running in the Vibrams…

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