More than 800 compete in Dead Horse Ultra

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Jen Lenarz and Shelly Larson from Minnesota had never attempted the Dead Horse Ultra, but they were “excited to run through the landscape.” Photo by Anthony Militano

Pleasant weather and a diverse turnout made the Dead Horse Ultra a fun fall race on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Gemini Bridges Recreation Area. More than 800 runners from Alaska to Hawaii and even Canada descended on Moab to run the Magnificent Seven Trails in Gemini Bridges. Runners had their choice of a 50-mile, 50k or 30k course.

The temperature was a seasonal 35 degrees when the 50-mile started at 6 a.m. under a moonlit sky. The 50k race started at 7 a.m. and the 30k an hour later. “The 50k runners will be treated to a Moab sunrise,” race organizer Denise Ricks said. “The sun will light up some beautiful scenery.” A total of 169 runners finished the 50-mile race, 372 completed the 50k and 323 ran the 30k.

Jeason Murphy from Glenwood Springs, Colorado, took the top spot in the 50-mile in 6:25:32. Anne Flower from Lexington, Kentucky was the top finisher for the ladies. She earned 12th overall with a 7:43:40 race time.

Jesse Wesolowski from Leadville, Colorado took first in the 50k with 3:41:14. Representing the women, Nora Weathers from Boulder, Colorado earned 10th overall in the 50k in 4:05:30.

Timmy Parr of Leadville was the champion in the 30k race and he ran it out in 1:46:56. Reese Ruland from Fort Collins, Colorado placed 11th overall in the 30k and she did it in 2:12:51.

Daniel Boyer from Moab ran the 50-mile race and came in 88th place in 10:24:22. Matthew Provart, also from Moab took on the 50k, finished the course in 4:59:41 and earned the 53rd spot.

Five Moab residents ran the 30k. Sid Glick took 75th place, Anita Rawlinson 117, Josh Wild 164, Sarah Labrec 239 and Sheri Roberts landed in 272 out of 323 runners. James Goff, the lone representative for Castle Valley, ran the 30k in 3:14:06 and came in 101st place overall.