2013 UROC 100k Results

After a Friday storm that left the mountains shrouded in an icy veil, Saturday dawned clear, cold, and almost ideal racing weather. It was Rob Krar (post-race interview) and Emelie Forsberg (post-race interview) who both possessed enough fortitude to deal with early-season snow, the lack of oxygen of high altitude, and the big mix of trail and pavement to emerge the Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) 100k winners.

In 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 UROC 100k Live Coverage page.

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

Thanks to Ultimate Direction for sponsoring iRunFar’s coverage of the race.

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The start of the 2013 UROC 100k. Photo: Eric Schneider

2013 UROC 100k Men’s Race

Is it wrong to say that the men’s race went according to “typical” ultramarathon script? There was the early, fast pack (Sage Canaday, Jason Wolfe, Rob Krar, Kilian Jornet, Dakota Jones [post-race interview], Cameron Clayton [post-race interview], Matt Flaherty, and Rickey Gates), some of whom thrived and some of whom suffered in the long haul. There were the guys who stayed steady all day (Ryan Ghelfi, Mike Versteeg, and Andrew Bock). And then there was the carnage-clearer who pulled the rug out from under those who hurt the most at the end (Martin Gaffuri). All the cast members were present for the 2013 UROC 100k men’s race.

From the start, Sage set the pace on the first climb, but he was absorbed into a lead pack containing Rob, Dakota, and Kilian by about five miles in. Jason shot to the front and led the fearsome foursome into Frisco about 14 miles into the race. The gentlemen leapfrogged with each other several times until mile 33, when Rob arrived to Vail Pass with a lead he’d sustain for most of the rest of the race. That said, somewhere in the vicinity of Minturn, around mile 52.5, Dakota put up a strong charge ahead of Rob. But before the last five miles of the race, Rob took it back, holding it to the finish line. Dakota finished second a couple minutes behind.

Rob Krar a few yards ahead of Dakota Jones and Kilian Jornet at mile 27. Photo: iRunFar/Matt Curtis

Cameron won the award for the day’s smartest race. The guy seemed to let some of the early dramatics happen in front of him, sitting in the shadows, if you will. At the mile 44 aid station, Two Elk Lodge atop Vail Mountain, he arrived sharing third position with Kilian. From there, he distanced himself from the rest of the men’s field. Kilian finished fourth and far back, still securing his win of Skyrunning’s ultra series in this, the series’ final race.

Cameron Clayton sitting back early at the Miners Creek aid station (mile 18). Photo: Travis Trampe

Ryan deserves props as well for a smart race. Though he cycled through several different positions in the men’s top 10, he never waxed or waned by much, clearly running the right race for him. While Sage and Jason might have suffered a bit for some of their early pace pushing, the two hung onto top-10 spots with their sixth and seventh positions. Eighth place Martin Gaffuri was in 11th just 10 miles from the finish, and a late-race push launched him ahead. Cool story of the day, Mike Versteeg and Andrew Bock. We saw these fellas’ running with or dang near each other for much of the day, and they finished together, too, filling out the ninth and 10th place positions with a tie.

2013 UROC 100k Men’s Results

(Times are unofficial based on visible clock time)

  1. Rob Krar (The North Face) – 9:29:00 (pre-race and post-race interviews)
  2. Dakota Jones (Montrail) – 9:32:26 (pre-race and post-race interviews)
  3. Cameron Clayton (Salomon) –10:06:24 (pre-race and post-race interviews)
  4. Kilian Jornet (Salomon) – 10:19:16 (pre-race interview)
  5. Ryan Ghelfi (Rogue Valley Runners) – 10:24:38
  6. Sage Canaday (Scott) – 11:00:25 (pre-race interview)
  7. Jason Wolfe – 11:21:01
  8. Martin Gaffuri (New Balance) – 11:32:32
  9. Mike Versteeg – 11:36:45
  10. Andrew Bock – 11:36:45

Full race results.

Rob Krar winning the 2013 Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) 100k. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

2013 UROC 100k Women’s Race

Emelie Forsberg was a clear favorite at the 2013 UROC 100k women’s race. And, by the looks of the race’s first couple hours, it seemed that things would predictably lean in her favor. That is, until we saw her at the Miners Creek Road and Copper Mountain Aid Stations at miles 18 and 27. At both those places, Emelie not only complained of difficulties breathing because of the altitude, but she was also visibly vexed by it. Somehow, however, she wrestled the high-altitude beast. At Vail Pass, mile 33, Emelie arrived just barely in the lead. From the halfway point on, she continued to build her lead on the rest of the field, handily winning the women’s race. Her win also cemented her as the winner of the Skyrunning ultra series, which concluded with this race.

Emelie Forsberg running on Copper Mountain. Photo: iRunFar/Vince Heyd

Stephanie Howe (post-race interview) was Emelie’s singular challenger on the day, that is, of the human variety. Early on, Stephanie stalked Emelie through the aid stations, pouncing when Emelie temporarily lapsed from the altitude. After Emelie overtook Stephanie for the lead by Vail Pass, Stephanie continued her forward progress behind Emelie but far ahead of the rest of the women.

Stephanie Howe running into Copper Mountain village. Photo: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

Michele Yates ran steady from start to finish, finishing third for the women. Francesca Canepa ran in fifth position for most of the day, but she grabbed and kept fourth place around Minturn at mile 52.5 when Kerrie Bruxvoort slowed because she was unable to get enough calories in. Kerrie ended up in fifth place, the last prize-money spot.

Michele Yates running into Minturn (mile 52). Photo: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

2013 UROC 100k Women’s Results

(Times are unofficial based on visible clock time through 5th. After that, times are those provided on Ultralive.net.)

  1. Emelie Forsberg (Salomon) – 12:06:34 (pre-race and post-race interviews)
  2. Stephanie Howe (The North Face) – 12:29:26 (post-race interview)
  3. Michele Yates (Ultimate Dirction/GU) – 12:46:24
  4. Francesca Canepa (Vibram) – 12:55:06
  5. Kerrie Bruxvoort (Salomon) – 13:23:39 (pre-race interview)
  6. Helen Cospolich (The North Face) – 14:32
  7. Nikki LaRochelle – 14:36
  8. Leslie Howlett (Altra) – 15:00
  9. Jeanne Cooper – 16:38

Full race results. Only nine women finished.

Emelie Forsberg after winning the 2013 Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) 100k. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

2013 UROC 100k Articles, Race Reports, and More

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Race Reports

Dakota Jones and Kilian Jornet descending into Frisco. Photo: Rob Timko

Thank You

Thank you to the incredible group of friends who helped bring our UROC 100k coverage alive. Our field reporters included Vince Heyd, Nick Pedatella, Travis Trampe, Matt Curtis, Kristin Zosel, Patrick and Robin Lyons, and William Luce. Our CoverItLive moderators were Mauri Pagliacci of Trail Running Argentina, Andrew Swistak, Tom Caughlin, Dean Georgaris, Nick Pedatella, David Boudreau, and Travis Trampe. It takes a village! Thank you!

Meghan Hicks: is the Managing Editor of iRunFar and the author of 'Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running.' The converted road runner finished her first trail ultramarathon in 2006 and loves using running to visit the world's wildest places.

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  • Thanks Bryon for the coverage! We really appreciate it (from the Philippines!) :)

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  • Amazing coverage of an EPIC race!

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  • What a photo of Krar at the finish, Bryon!! It was Rob's race all day. Even when Dakota was just 20 seconds behind him coming through the final aid station (Eagle's Nest), Krar put the hammer down and somehow increased his lead by over 3 mins in the final 4.7 miles. Strong legs, strong mind, strong spirit.

    Fantastic summary of the men's race, especially your take on Cam. Though he's a speed merchant that could have easily tried to set the pace early on, he waited in the shadows and ran his own race, showing real racing maturity in doing so.

    As for Kilian, he is still impressive even when its not his day or his type of race. With roughly 19% of pavement (read: non-trail), the course wasn't really his flavor, though he was motoring on the downhills late in the race. He walked through aid stations and beyond, but still managed a top 5 finish less than an hour after a top-notch performance by probable UROY Krar.

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    • Unbelievable races by Krar & Dakota.

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  • The women's field was amazing! Bryon highlighted this in the preview: both Yates (RRR100 winner 2 weeks ago) and Canepa (Tor des Geants 330K winner 2.5 weeks ago) were coming off major runs and were likely running on less than primed legs. To have finished 3rd and 4th, respectively, and under 50 minutes behind the winner is a great accomplishment. Quite the mental fortitude!

    Stephanie Howe was also less than primed entering the day. Her back-and-forth status as to whether she'll run or not due to what could have been a bad foot injury made for great theatrics before the race. She toed the line and was incredible.

    Emelie was feeling the altitude all day, but seemed to shrug it off by Eagle's Nest and continue on her merry way. Much respect also goes out to Rocky Mountain Runner Kerrie Bruxvoort who battled in the final miles to take a well-earned spot in the top 5.

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    • Most impressed with Yates & Canepa. That's tough.

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  • Hats off to Krar and Dakota. What an epic race. This one will go down in history as one of the best.

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  • Thanks for the coverage! It was a great weekend in Vail. It was awesome running in fresh snow!

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  • Since "Fear the Beard" has been taken by some other sporting character, how about......"Beware of the Beard!". Come on North Face, that would have to be one sweet shirt!

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  • Trying to donate in thanks for the great coverage, but the donation page won't accept my card. All data is correct, and its a card I use all the time. here is the message: "The card you entered cannot be used for this payment. Please enter a different credit or debit card number."

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  • Really enjoyed the live video feed. Helps to provide a better "feel" for the atmosphere and effort levels. Thank you for giving us that level of coverage.

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  • Thanks for the great coverage!

    I spent all day on scene spectating and near the end I kept thinking how much work it was just watching, and how hard it must be being Bryon Powell and actually covering the race for the rest of us.

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  • Great feeback, great coverage as usual. Well done!

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  • Great race in our backyard with cold,snow,sun,aspens, all the reasons we live in Breck - had to drop at Copper due to twisted knee in the snow but looking forward already to next year

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  • Read this on another site's coverage of UROC:

    "...At mile 40 of UROC Kilian Jornet said to Bryon Powell, "That's the most I've ever run on pavement. So boring." And in some ways it seems that Jornet is not just bored with pavement, but bored with racing."

    Not exactly a great ambassador of the sport - Killian sounds like a spoiled brat with comments like these. I'm bored with Killian.

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    • Thanks for sharing.

      In other news, Krar and Emilie were stunning and iRunFar's coverage was spot on. Congrats!

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    • But pavement is boring. :-) it's supposed to be a "Skyrunning race" hard and techy. I think Killian was required to run it to win the Skyrunnning "points".

      Racing in Europe is just different, we have "trail races", they have "mountain races".

      But yah, he doesn't need to race, his crazy Matterhorn, and Mt. Blanc runs are what intrigue us, not races. Maybe he is bored with it. He'll be back on skis in no time, I really think that's his real passion.

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      • Spot on, Karl. The incredible FKT mountain runs are truly what make Kilian so amazing. He was bored, walked through aid stations, and wasn't pushed once Sage started suffering from stomach issues, locking up his Skyrunning Championship. Yet his performance was good enough for 4th on a course that had just a 55% finisher rate. Though I saw him in a different light this weekend, my opinion of him hasn't changed. He's still amazing.

        Nice job at Bear 100. Seeing you finish at Run Rabbit Run was like watching a man running from death. Can't believe you did it again 13 days later. Kudos

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        • Fine race to follow here and there thanks to irunfar.com. What a battle by champions for the ladies and guys. Finishing this race alone is huge.

          Kilian's negative comments do get old, even if he makes positive ones elsewhere. You don't hear this from other runners as far as I know..it's just part of running in the US, like it or not. And if you're not having fun don't show up.. skyrace or not (or at least keep one's mouth shut IMO)

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          • "if you're not having fun, don't show up."

            Spoken like a true North American. Is that statement out of the "Protestant Work Ethic Handbook?"

            There is such a thing as sarcasm in Europe you know. Kilian has a dry sense of humour, like many Europeans, but as usual, North Americans, and in particular, Americans, don't seem to get it.

            HE WAS JOKING GET OVER IT.

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          • Agree, and this is from an European. Sarcasm, dry sense of humor, using hiperbole, etc. On the other hand, the sense of self-righteousness and will of judging is huge in some comments here.

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          • Our maybe we just hear about Kilian's comments because he gets so much attention and so many of us sofa quarterbacks love to parse everything he says.

            By chance someone heard Kilian say something (they may have missed what else he said or what others said) and decide to tweet it. We do not have a census of every word every competitor said during the course of the race.

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          • All this bored stuff is overblown what do you expect him to admit? What's interesting is to actually see Kilian's limitations, makes him more human. I honestly thought he was the favorite going in on this course as I have every time before when he lined up. I hope nobody jumps me, he is a great guy I'm a big fan I love his FKT's. He has otherworldly performances in the mountains which I follow with excitement. But I had no idea that only 12 miles of road and he can't hang on.

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      • Pavement is very boring.

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    • Matt,

      Couldn't agree more. He really went down a notch in my book. I ran UROC when it was out East and I loved that it had something to challenge everyone. There is something to be said about being able to tick off fast, flat, paved miles and I guess Kilian wasn't up for the challenge. It would've been interesting to see what he would've done if Sage was in front of him and his Sky Running title was on the line. Then again maybe he doesn't really care about that either.

      We don't all have to race but if you are going to race give it your all. I guess that's all I'm trying to say.

      Much respect for Krar and all the others who laid it on the line.

      Brad

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      • He went down a notch...because he didn't like a race he was running?

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        • Yeah it all seems so silly to me. Kilian runs an insane amount of races, basically wins them all, sets two HUGE FKTs, kills it in skimo, and then shows up at the end of the season to a race that he needed to run to win the Skyrunner (something he obviously cares about) and doesn't win and expressed that he didn't like some parts of the course and now he has gone down a notch? UROC and Skyrunner were not a good match and Kilian certainly would not have run UROC if it had not been part of the Skyrunner series. Cut the guy some slack!

          Recall he had to travel all the way from Mt. Elbrus which required thousands of miles of land travel and then a trans-Atlantic flight just to run this race. So what if he was tired and uninspired. Let's chill.

          I certainly hope no one holds me to that standard!!!

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          • +1

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          • +1 here too.

            The race was very exciting and glad so many first-rate runners duked it out. Loved the coverage as always from iRF!!

            But I have to say, I agree with Kilian. Not that the course was boring, but that to anyone who avoids pavement it would be tedious. I'm not anywhere close to a first-rate runner, but personally I avoid pavement if there are ANY other choices. To each his own - he was being honest, is amazing at what he does, and I really enjoy what he does.

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          • +1 Couldn't say it better!

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          • +10

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        • I guess I'm holding the "superstars" of this sport to the same standard we hold superstars of other sports to. It would be different if he said that he doesn't run flat, his legs are cooked, and is reduced to a walk. He's a professional runner. If you can run, then run.

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          • "He’s a professional runner"

            Is he?

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      • I'm certainly glad that no one was around to hear what came out of my mouth when I was 40 miles into an ultra earlier this year.

        However, I understand why some folks might take offense hearing that a race many of us mere mortal runners and fans would consider a privilege and joy to participate in, was - in a word - "boring" to it's most admired competitor.

        That said, perhaps we should cut him some slack. He's young and very open and honest about what his passions are. And it should come as no surprise that a a young man who just sprinted up and down The Matterhorn (THE MATTERHORN!) a couple weeks ago has a hard time getting excited about chasing Krar's Beard (as magnificent as it is) across a 20 km stretch of asphalt bike paths.

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      • Has it occurred to you that perhaps there was another reason, one that is personal, that caused Kilian to slow down and take it easy? Perhaps his comment about the roads was said sarcastically and in a joking manner?

        In other words, relax Brad.

        "We don’t all have to race but if you are going to race give it your all."

        Okay coach, you're obviously a superstar runner.....I'm sure Kilian needs your advice.

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        • Wow, I never gave any advice or claimed any sort of expertise. I wish I was half the athlete Kilian is, hell, a quarter of the athlete he is. "I'm bored" rubbed me the wrong way. Being bored is no excuse to stop trying. I feel like constructive criticism brings out the best in all of us. I felt like I was being constructive.

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    • I appreciate his honesty. I appreciate knowing that the fast folks feel like I do at some points in some races--we're all out there fighting our own battles and riding our own highs, but I love that in our sport, the miles can be tedious, the stomach can be wonky and the quads can be shot and the highs can be euphoric all the same. I think we're incredibly lucky we can hear candid comments. and frankly, I wouldn't have loved that much pavement in the middle of a 100k either. now, if only I could figure out how to be as fast as the speedy folks when I do feel bored and worked from a course.

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      • I completely agree, Kristin. In most races runners dislike (and comment on) some section or other for various reasons and it's no big deal.

        Also, i find it unfortunate that with all this chatter about one comment made by one athlete so many performances got overlooked not got proper recognition that they deserve.

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    • The Alps and Pyranees and most of Euro circuit disguises Kilian's weaknesses, one being that he's actually not that great of a "runner." Don't listen to "David T" who is just an arm-chair QB.. I am actually out there racing at a pretty high level, running alongside the Max King and Sage Canaday's of the world, and this is to take nothing away from Kilian, but he loves his home course advantages and cannot hang with these guys on the flats and obviously certain terrain.

      Such a shame he complains so much, because I am a huge fan, and there is nothing wrong with us wanting him to compete to his max and fail and admit failure than draw up excuses. I am sure Sage can say he didn't like the altitude, right?

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      • Cool story, bro.

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        • Sure, thing, dog. Keep hammering.

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  • Regarding Kilian - I wasn't out on the course when he made an off-hand comment about not enjoying the road miles, but I was right there at the finish when he crossed the line and when he was speaking to "the press" he had nothing but positive things to say about the event, course, organizers, etc. I would hate to have everything I've muttered or said under my breath 40 miles into a race picked apart and critiqued on the internet!

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    • +1 !!!!

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    • yeah, but under normal circumstances he's always nice :)

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  • With 2 US races this year (Speedgoat, and UROC), Skyrunning has been trying to make inroads in US ultrarunning, What they had with UROC was more like "onroads."

    Skyrunning's own rules for the "Ultra Skymarathon" (a 5 race series), state that the course must, "exceed the parameters for a SkyMarathon by more than 5%, with a minimum of 2,500m vertical climb and more than 50 km long."

    What that means is that a Skyrunning Ultra race like UROC can contain no more than 15% (14.75%, really) of paved roads. UROC's website states the 100K has 19% "paved road." That's about 4km over the maximum for a Skyrunning Ultra, but who cares?

    Now, Skyrunning in the past seems to play pretty loose with their own rules and statutes, which combined number over 30 pages long. You don't know which are hard and fast rules and which are not. Case in point: cutting switchbacks and the use of race juries that were an issue in last year's Speedgoat.

    This is not to make an excuse for KJ, who should have sucked it up and run all the paved jogging trails that he knew existed on the course and that Skyrunning had accepted. Skyrunning even hyped the race as, "a hybrid between American style trail running and European skyrunning." (They're right about that.) However, Skyrunning sets runner expectations and makes it a point to have an organized and rules-based race series. But they apparently have little interest in sticking to this.

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    • "This is not to make an excuse for KJ, who should have sucked it up and run all the paved jogging trails that he knew existed on the course and that Skyrunning had accepted" - Exactly

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      • I love reading comments about what other runners SHOULD feel, think and do.

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        • Brad Williams is an expect, you must be familiar with him....

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          • Wait, wait... I can see... many coaches arising, listen to them!

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    • My post was primarily meant to be about the Skyrunning organization and how they apply their rules, not about any particular runner.

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  • I followed the live twitter feeds and was appalled by the KJ and Sage bashing. I found it to be in very poor taste. It was an incredibly deep field and it's a long tough ultra. You have to prepare for the course, be solid with your race tactics, be "on" that day, and be a little bit lucky. Congratulations to everyone that raced even those that dnf'ed. Ultras are hard and we're all in this together.

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  • I know a good school for krarpentry down in Arizona.

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    • Do they also teach you how to lay krarpets?

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      • Rob won because of his Krarpe Diem attitude ;)

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        • That, and he doesn't take Krarp from anyone!

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          • Haha! Good one Bryon!

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          • Unlike Krup

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      • should have said,"I'm sure some of iRunFar's commentator's will go there to learn how to put down Krarpet's".sigh.

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  • As one who actually did the race, I have to agree with KJ, the paved portion, especially right along an interstate, was the most boring and unpleasant part of the race. I would put the muddy roads on top of Vail Mountain a close second as far as unpleasant. The pavement was made pretty clear from the beginning and the mud was a last minute gift from mother nature. That said, the race as a whole was absolutely incredible and tough. I would have worried if someone had said the pavement was fun.

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  • I also have to chime in about the course as someone who just ran it. There is WAY too much attention drawn to the paved section of the course and I feel it is misplaced. Sure the first 4 miles of it up to Vail Pass was a mind-f'ing slog, but in total it was a small amount of the overall time spent on mountain trails. I finished 12th overall, just ahead of Rickey Gates and Emilie Forsberg, and the 65.5 miles took almost 12 hours. That's 11 minutes per mile! Come on folks - does that sound like a "road race" to you?! Kilian told me after I finished that he thought the course was "flat". Of course he was joking. He also said the night before the race his strategy would be to strap on skis for the foot of fresh snow we spent forever post-holing through. Two decades ago the Euro-pro mountain bikers wanted to boycott championship races in Vail because the altitude was too high for them, and they would lose to the Colorado pros. Now people are worried that a random 2:1x road marathoner is going to jump in a "championship" race that has some pavement and have a huge advantage. I think this race was a fair test for an ultra trail championship and that a few tweaks will satisfy the majority.

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    • +1 . Humbled by the course and the competition. Absolutely destroyed me.

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  • Its f'd up people are complaining about someone saying part of a course is boring. Most of you on this forum/site run on trails for a reason - pavement IS boring!! No shame in saying it....Emelie pretty much said the same thing. I didn't run the race but have been on those trails and path and I agree with their sentiment. Give them credit for coming all the way over here to run

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    • +1!!!!!!!!!!!

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