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2013 Run Rabbit Run 100 (Hare Race) Results

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.

In 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.

Thanks to Hoka One One for sponsoring iRunFar’s coverage of the race.

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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 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 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 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 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!

Bryon Powell: is the Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar.com, which he founded more than 10 years ago. Having spent more than 15 years as an ultrarunner and 25 years as a trail runner, he's also written Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and co-wrote Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running. These days he calls Moab, Utah and its trails home.

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  • 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.

    thomas

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  • Timothy Olson hurts and still doesn't quite. Very impressive!

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  • Sorry, everyone, I meant quit.

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  • 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.

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  • Just read that Tim Olsen will run the Bear in 2 weeks also... wow

    ...jk

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    • Seriously? Geez - love the guy. Hope he doesn't burn out! Geoff Roes ailments should be a warning to us all!

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      • Josh,

        I think Benj was kidding. See the "...jk"? :) We've heard nothing of the sort.

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    • I heard he was going to do the Cuba to Florida swim next weekend. Sans jellyfish protection.

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      • Nope,he's going for Kilians record on the Matterhorn,but he's waiting for full winter conditions.

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        • Only after he beats up chuck norris

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          • I'm so cool I can stare down full winter conditions...

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  • Great races by Jason and Michele! Way to go the distance!

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  • 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?

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

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    • 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

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  • 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.

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  • Schlarb! I guess that airport terminal training is paying off :)

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  • Glad to see Browning make it into the top 3. Really enjoyed the interviews and what coverage I was able to check out. Thanks Byron!

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  • Bryon!

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  • Schlarb!! Congrats!! Very impressive...hope to see you at some more races in the future.

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  • What happened to the Tarahumara?

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    • I believe they both dropped at Dry Lake Aid Station, mile 74ish.

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      • Isidro was suffering noticeably from a leg issue.

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    • They forgot to read born to run.

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  • 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.

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    • 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)!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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    • Can I ask if you were using Vitargo for this race? I think it was mentioned for the Solstice run

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  • 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.

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  • A well marked course is now Sage Canaday's main priority in every race he enters.

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    • 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.

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  • 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.

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    • 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!

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  • 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.

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