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Jacob Puzey won the Hagg Lake 50K on Saturday, Feb 16, in a course record time of 3:24:23 (6:34 pace!) followed by Jason Leman (3:40:53) in the third best time in history. Andrea Jarzombek-Holt was the first female also setting a course record in 4:07:10, followed by Joelle Vaught. Look at her face, her legs, her body posture: trail racing is hard; ultra trail racing is harder still. On an overcast day that got brighter and colder as the day wore on, ordinary trail runners, one as old (young) as 74, finished their adventures with smiles and complaints and the absolute promise to never, ever do it again. Not surprising to me that most of them were overheard to be planning their next trail ultra before they got to the parking lot. It just works that way.
Michael Lebowitz IS Long Run Picture Company. He shoots marathons, distance race events, endurance sports, from the start to the finish and beyond. The pictures he takes tell the story of the day both for the people who participate as well as for the others who are not there. You can see more of his work at his Long Run Picture Company website.
Our Bottom Line scores have been added to our website! In every issue of Marathon & Beyond, we review a race in great detail. We have weighed various aspects of a marathon within a 900-1,000-point scoring grid. In addition to the author of the article, two dozen runners at the race were randomly chosen to score the race for us.
Our scores reflect the following aspects of a marathon:
- History/Tradition: Evaluate the race’s sense of history and tradition.
- Entry Form: Is the race entry form clear, concise, attractive, complete, and easy to fill out?
- Entry Cost: For most races, the entry fee covers between 30 and 50 percent of the cost of putting on the event. Rate the value of your dollar relative to this race.
- Locale/Scenics: s the race held in an area that is easy to get to and scenic and offers adequate food and housing services and non-race activities for family and friends?
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When Jill’s childhood friend, Kelcey Harrison, recently ran across the country in Jill’s memory, Jill’s Berkeley teammates joined her on the last part of the 4-month run from New York to San Francisco. That was only one instance of many in which Berkeley’s women’s crew, calling itself “Team Jill,” has made it their cause to press for more attention to lung cancer. The disease kills more people than any other cancer, and 80% of its victims are non-smokers. The team sponsors “Jog for Jill” runs, raising more than $150,000 for the Bonnie J Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. It has established a scholarship and an award in Jill’s name, in addition to other efforts to enhance public awareness. Click here or on the image to watch the inspiring video.
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