It was perfect weather for the 281 runners who toed the line at the 14th edition of the Lake Sonoma 50 miler in Healdsburg, California today, Saturday, April 8. Temperatures were in the 40s under overcast skies at the 6:30 am start, a welcome respite from the rain-soaked day runners in the inaugural Trail Sisters all-women’s half marathon experienced on Friday. The rain did leave its mark with muddy and sloppy conditions on much of the course.
Coloradoan Drew Holmen was first across the line in the 50 miler timed in 6:44:20 and Montana resident Erin Clark won the women’s division with an 11th place finish overall in 7:49:27. With their respective wins, both earned spots on the USATF Long Trail Team slated to compete in Austria this June at the 2nd World Mountain & Trail Running Championships.
Also earning spots on the team were second and third place finishers Caleb Olson and Preston Cates for the men timed in 6:55:45 and 7:02:42 and for the women, Allison Baca in 7:54:26 and Sarah Keyes in 7:57:50.
There were lead changes throughout the day keeping spectators and fans of the sport engaged as they watched ultralive.net results where complete results are posted.
Another event which was part of the Lake Sonoma weekend, was a trail marathon held on Saturday, with a start time of 8 a.m. Men’s winner Coree Woltering, Chattanooga, TN, posted a time of 3:43:35 while women’s champion Jennifer Lichter, Missoula, MT, crossed the line in 3:49:26 to finish second overall. Full results posted here.
Learn more about team selection for the World Mountain and Trail Running Championships here.