The London Marathon
The London Marathon was Sunday morning. In the men’s race, Wilson Kipsang pulled away and won a race that was never really in doubt. His winning time of 2:04:27 set a course record, but missed his own world record by over a minute. The women’s race was much more exciting, as Edna Kiplagat and Florence Kiplagat took it right to the wire. Edna won by three seconds and Tirunesh Dibaba was fourteen seconds back of first. Dibaba, making her marathon debut, stopped near the 30km mark to pick up a water bottle she dropped. It may have cost her the race. When asked after the race how the marathon is different than track, Dibaba stated, “It is more kilometers.”
Prior to the race, Mo Farah elected to run in a chase pack. He seemed to have some difficulty with pacers during the race (they may have gotten too far in front of him) and he also had issues hanging onto water bottles. After the race, perhaps slightly humbled, Mo indicated this would not be his last marathon. He finished in 8th place in 2:08:21.
The Rotterdam Marathon
Eliud Kipchoge, the pre-race favorite, won in Rotterdam in 2:05:00. His hope for a course record (and a world record) were dashed early on, as Mother Nature was uncooperative. His 2:05:00 in windy conditions may have been the most impressive (and least discussed) performance of the weekend.
The Lake Sonoma 50
I love when ultras have close finishes, and Lake Sonoma did not dissapoint. Zach Miller (winner of the JFK 50) went out hard and Sage Canaday and Rob Krar were in pursuit much of the day. With three miles to go, Zach still had a three minute lead over Sage and a five minute lead over Rob. It started to slip, as Sage and Rob also raced each other, but there simply wasn’t enough real estate and Zach hung on.
Lake Sonoma 50 Results:
Zach Miller 6:11:10
Rob Krar 6:12:14
Sage Canaday 6:12:58
As Ultra Runner Podcast pointed out, “cruise ship kid Zach Miller” is now “that kid’s a badass Zach Miller” – needless to say, he won’t be sneaking up on anyone from here on out.
In the women’s race at Lake Sonoma, Emily Harrison was also rather badass. She set the course record in 7:26:15.
Lake Sonoma 50 Results:
Emily Harrison 7:26:15
Stephanie Howe 7:33:24
Kaci Lickteig 7:37:42
Two Things To Watch:
1) Will Zach Miller run Western States? If he does, can he beat Rob Krar for a third time in a row?
2) Kaci Lickteig has dominated many smaller ultras over the last two years – and now she has finished 2nd at Rocky Raccoon and 3rd at Lake Sonoma – both in competetive fields. Is a major win next?
Did you race this weekend? How did it go?