Mountain Runners Open It Up At The Eldora Trail 10k

La Sportiva Mountain CupAfter another three week break, the La Sportiva Mountain Cup made its closest approach to La Sportiva’s North American headquarters with the Eldora Trail 10k. The race is run out of the Eldora Nordic Center, a private area on which competitors may on run on race day. This limited access by locals may have helped level the playing field for out-of-towners … at least in the men’s field, which was stacked! Regardless of where competitors were from the elevation of between 9,200′ and 10,800′ was surely enough to have visitors and locals gasping for breath.

The Race
No fooling around today – we’ll go straight to the results! Matt Byrne of Philadelphia, PA (38:46) finally won race in this year’s Mountain Cup after being runner up at Rock2Rock Run and the Mountain Washington Road Run. We continue to be impressed with Byrne’s ability to tear it up at altitude while living at essentially sea level. As with Mount Washington, Coloradoan master mountain mauler Simon Gutierrez (39:11) finished a spot behind Byrne. Shiloh Mielke (40:46) finished third a full two minutes behind Byrne. Two locals from Golden, Colorado, Tim Waggoner (40:59) and Bill Fauselow (41:19), ran impressive races to finish fourth and fifth.

Top men rocketing up a hill at Eldora (This and all photos by La Sportiva)

La Sportiva runner Bernie Boettcher (41:32) was sixth overall. That was only good enough third master behind Gutierrez and Fauselow. 46-year old Andy Ames (42:35) put four masters in the top eight showing that you don’t need to be young to run fast in the mountains.

Meghan Kimmel (43:49) ran away with the women’s race and has now won two of the three La Sportiva Mountain Cup races that she’s entered. Laura Horfeli (45:51), the top womens master, finished more than two minutes back of Kimmel. Nicole Hunt (47:34) and Maggie Conley (47:43) had a tight race for third and fourth. Susan Nuzum (47:57), second masters woman, wasn’t far back in fifth. Lisa Goldsmith (48:42) was sixth and the third master. Apparently experience helps the women at Eldora, as well. Series competitor Rachel Cieslewicz (51:48) was the eighth woman across the line.

Some youngsters races at Eldora, too!

La Sportiva Mountain Cup Standings
With two races this past weekend and seven out of ten La Sportiva Mountain Cup races having been run, we decided to go hog wild and analyze each of the Mountain Cup fields: open men, open women, masters men, and masters women. Yeah, we’re biased, but we think the full analysis is worth a read.

The official La Sportiva Mountain Cup standings aren’t yet up, but check back later this week. Next week, two of the final three series races – the Jupiter Peak Steeplechase and the Haulin’ Aspen Half Marathon will be run. We’ll be covering both races. As a bonus, we’ll be racing Jupiter Peak. If you’ll be there, look for a man wearing an hat and say hi! La Sportiva Mountain Cup Contest
La Sportiva shoesWe’ve got a winner from Canada! (Coincidentally, I’m sitting in Banff, Alberta at the moment.) That’s right, Shaun Hansen of Mission, British Columbia is the winner of the new pair of La Sportiva Fireblades. (Read iRunFar’s Fireblade review for more.) Shaun get in touch to claim you winnings and roll through some trail miles in new kicks.

La Sportiva WildcatTo be honest, he haven’t a clue what the trails at Eldora look like. With that in mind, we’d throw on La Sportiva’s Wildcat to face the unknown and now you can, too! The Wildcat is a great blend of lightweight and protection for the trails. Want to tackle the trail in these sweet generalists, then leave your name and town (in the US or Canada) in a comment before we write about either the Jupiter Peak Steeplechase and the Haulin’ Aspen Half Marathon early next week. As a reminder, if you enter to win the pair of Wildcats you’ll automatically be eligible to win the grand prize at the end of August.

Call for Comments
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The La Sportiva Mountain Cup