OV50 2012 results:
1. Shane Martin 7:25:30
2. Scott Dickey 7:38:01
3. Chad James 8:27:54
4. Taud Olsen 8:39:42
5. Sylvia Pond 9:16:22 1st Female
6. Paul Clark 9:30:49
7. Tim Grubb 9:33:17
8. Rich Baker 9:35:44
9. Carl Grimaud 9:37:12
10. Spencer Blodgett 10:08:05
11. Christopher Tommila 10:22:23
12. Tara Low 10:26:42 2nd Female
13T. John Orgill 10:35:24
13T. James Orgill
13T. David Orgill
16. Robert Maxfield 11:17:20
17.T Ron Castleton 11:18:39
17.T Cole Castleton
19. Aaron Murray 11:23:14
20. Mette Harrison 11:26:52 3rd Female
21. Ron Remkes 11:46:46
Congratulations to all the OV50 Runners!!!
Running 50 miles is a crazy, daunting task. If you don't come prepared mentally and physically for one of these things, it's not going to be good. Let's give these folks the credit and props they deserve.
This year we had 22 brave souls who lined up at 5am in 18 degree temperatures for a 50 mile adventure. Shane Martin was back to defend his 4 previous wins and remain the Ogden Valley champion, but he will have his hands full with first time OV50 runner, and former Weber State cross country standout, Scott Dickey. In the 4 person female race we had 2011 winner and course record holder Sariah Long up against newcomer Sylvia Pond and veterans Tara Low and Mette Harrison.
This year we had three Orgill brothers who wanted to spend some quality time together for 50 miles and father/son combo; Ron and Cole Castleton. In all, it was a fun and determined group of runners.
With the snow storm that pummeled northern Utah 2 days prior, 2012 will go down as the coldest and frostiest OV50 to date. 18 degrees to start the race, but once the runners dropped into Ogden Valley, Pineview reservoir emitted a dense fog that dropped the temperature down to 11 degrees. As the sun came up, Pineview looked liked a big witches caldron with all the mist coming off it.
It was a three person contest 20 miles into the race between Shane, Scott and Sariah. Chad, Taud and Sylvia maintained a strong pace into the Valley. Tim and Paul looked like they were having the most fun. Spencer's water bottle froze up; water wasn't going in or out. Ron was plugging away like he's done this dozens and dozens of times.
Troy Vigil was only supposed to come out for a few hours to help runners though some turns on the course, but instead he loaded up the back seat of his car with a 5 gallon Gatorade cooler and a box of food and crewed the race for 8 hours. He saved the day for us and many of the runners. Thanks Troy!
Lauren and Greydin Morin spent many quality hours together at O-dark-thirty helping a herd of frozen, hungry and stinky runners. Lauren's brother, Hunter, not wanting to miss out on any fun, showed up mid-morning to help crew the runners to the finish (thank you Kurt & Holly for the use of your Jeep).
Mike Rosner ran the aid station at mile 27 and consumed a brownie-bite for every runner he helped get through that aid station. Mike is like a Super Hero, he shows up at exactly the right time, saves the day, then heads home before anybody can thank him. All he needs is a cape and some red tights. Thanks Uncle Mike!
Nate Graven, along with Cory, from Graven Sports Therapy offered some much needed bodywork to the runners after they finished. No doubt, many of these runners were walking around on Sunday only because of the work those two did on some swollen and beat-down legs. You can track Nate and his crew down at 801-698-1910. They have a very nice facility in South Ogden that services to all your sports therapy needs.
There was a very nice boy who called himself Seth who was at the finish line helping runners. He served food, poured drinks, fetched dry clothes, helped take shoes off, acted like a crutch for limping runners...all in all, he was a tremendous help. Thanks Seth!
Kristin is always the rock star at the OV50 and this year she had our rock star son, Shad, there to help pull this thing off. As many of you know, the OV50 is a labor of love; mostly labor. Thanks for all the kind words after the race; it does help our decision on whether or not to stage this race year after year.
We're proud to say we had 21 of 22 runners finish the 2012 OV50. Sariah has been pregnant the last nine months and gave birth to her 2nd boy a couple of months ago. After basically running a 3 hour marathon, she made the wise decision of pulling out and giving her body some more time to rest and recover. My money says she'll be back stronger than ever next year.
In the end, Shane ran to his 5th victory at the OV50 with Scott Dickey right on his heels. Chad James rounded out the top 3 male finishers with a solid performance for his first 50 mile race.
On the women's side, Sylvia Pond was strong and consistent all day and took home the victory, and $100 in STRIDERS bucks! Tara Low skipped and jumped her way to 2nd place (as you'll see in the video) and Mette battled strong to finish this one for 3rd place. Mette has a new novel coming out we're excited to tell you about once it hits book shelves.
A key achievement to note is that one of the Orgill brothers ran the whole 50 miles in a pair of Vibram Five Fingers. Next year I want to see him run it in Vibrams, jeans and a cotton shirt...we'll see how tough he really is :-)
Thanks and Happy Halloween; hope you enjoy the video.
Tomorrow is the 7th running of the OV50! Good luck to the runners and thanks to our crew. We'll have a full report and video posted when it's all over.
We've fielded a few calls this week regarding the OV50. Yes, the race is still open if you're feeling up for 50 miles!
If you're new to the OV50, it takes place in Ogden Valley; the race starts in Mountain Green and begins by climbing up Trappers Loop and down into the Valley. You'll make a counter-clockwise loop in the valley then run back up Trappers and back down into Mountain Green to finish (total distance is actually 50.5).
The race is supported with crew vehicles (or meals on wheels) with everything you'll need for 50 miles. We do recommend you carry a water bottle. There is a stationary aid station at mile 27 with plumbed bathrooms, drop bags and a place to change.
Once you finish, we'll feed you baked potatoes and chilli with all the fixings.
For $50 you get a supported run, a couple of tech t's, finishers medal, a hat and a flashing red light. It's loads of fun.
If you're already registered, we'll send an email out next week
Please contact us if you have questions or are interested in volunteering:
801-728-9121 or email@example.com
Registration for the 2012 OV50 is open! Registration forms are available at STRIDERS or on this post. The race is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th at 5:00am
; the race starts and ends at Kent Smith Memorial Park in Mt. Green; the course map is at the bottom of this post. Runners must complete the course in 13 hours. There's one drop bag location
and aid at the Fellowship Bible Church in Liberty (mile 27). The other aid stations are mobile: There will be 3-4 support vehicles loaded with food & drink; everything you'll need to run 50 miles. Runners should see a support vehicle about every 3-4 miles. The entry fee is only $50 if you register before October 6th. The entry fee includes all race provisions, a technical shirt, post race feed (baked potatoes & chili) plenty of swag and all the fun of running 50 miles. All finishers will also receive a medal and a finishers shirt. The top 3 overall male & female runners
will receive an award. The OV50 is limited to 50 runners. The race will go on, rain or shine. Runners should be prepared for all weather conditions. For questions call STRIDERS and ask or John or Kristin (801) 728-9121. You cal also email questions to firstname.lastname@example.orgCourse map link: http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=65654
The Ogden Valley 50 miler was one of those races we talked about in the store for a couple of years before we decided to actually run it in 2006. The original idea was to make it a 50K, but Pete Peterson said he would run it if it was a 50 miler (Pete needs to come back and see what he started). So we did it thinking nobody would ever want to do that again. Well, 6 years later the race still lives, and because Old Snowbasin road has caved in, we brought back the course from 2006. We had 30 starters this year and every single one of them finished! This was the closest race to date with Shane Martin edging Michael Bergquist by less than a minute. Sariah Long cranked out a fantastic performance by winning the female race and finishing third overall (her first ultra distance). I hope she doesn't get mad at me, but Sariah had the best comment after finishing by saying she was going to go get pregnant now (have fun Nate). Taud Olsen ran a gutsy race and finished 3rd amongst the males then kept running until he clocked 52.4 miles, making it back to back marathons. Lauren Halverson is going to celebrate her PR run and 2nd place female finish by getting married in January. Launi Evans rounded off the money winners by placing third in the female category. It was a great day for running, the temperatures ranging from 30-50 degrees in Ogden Valley; the fall colors are amazing right now. We had the best help for this race; thanks to Tim Maurer, Holly Halverson, Rebecca Brimhall and Kristen Walker for helping with the meals on wheels. Pastor Greg Baker offered up the Fellowship Bible Church at mile 27, thanks so much. David Seedenburg, Mike Rosner and Larry Mangum are ultra marathon aid station experts, we're lucky to have them on our team - thank you. Justin Walker and Shad Wojciechowski set up our finish line, prepared all the food and kept everybody fed and happy; thanks guys. Carson Walker provided the entertainment as runners finished. Kristin couldn't do any of this without all the help and support from you guys. I do my best but I think I just get in the way; sometimes I wonder if she would prefer it if i just ran instead (hehe, haha). I love you babe. Happy Birthday to Pearl Jam and Sherm Smith, you guys both rock! Sherm is a class act all the way, thanks for running with us on your big day. Here's to a speedy recovery to all the OV50 finishers, congratulations and cheers!
Shane Martin - 7:14:02
Michael Bergquist - 7:15:13
Sariah Long - 7:29:44 1st Female
Taud Olsen - 8:01:56
David Orgill - 8:10:55
Rick Nef - 8:29:54
Tom Remkes - 8:30:49
Clay Wilkes - 8:32:45
Quinin Barney - 8:43:05
James Harrison - 8:52:44
Lauren Halverson - 8:55:20 2nd female
Paul Clark - 9:00:39
Launi Evans - 9:01:00 3rd Female
Justin Wyckoff - 9:16:25
Jim Peacock - 9:20:17
Kurt Halverson - 9:26:41
Mette Harrison - 9:28:41
Sherm Smith - 9:40:13
Melinda Sheridan - 9:45:00
Spencer Blodgett - 9:48:02
William Thomson - 10:18:11
Kate Roberts - 10:37:00
Kenzie Barlow - 10:37:00
Julie Maurer - 10:42:28
Michelle Duran - 10:42:28
Tara Low - 10:45:01
Ron Remkes - 11:20:01
Jamie remkes - 11:20:01
Basitan Cowsert - 11:48:27
Jeff Stowell - 11:49:36
The 6th annual OV50 is scheduled for this saturday, Oct. 22nd, in Ogden Valley. The race starts at 5:00am in Mountain Green and runners will have until 6:00pm to complete the 50 mile course. Runners will start off by running up then down trappers loop. Once they're in the "OV," they'll head east into Huntsville and make a counter clockwise loop around Pineview Reservoir. At mile 27, at the Fellowship Bible Church in Liberty, runners can refuel and pick up a pacer and head back to Mountain Green for baked potatoes and chili, but they'll have 3 hills to conquer in the last 23 mile stretch. The weather should be perfect for a 50 mile run, we're looking forward to it. All the shopping and prep work is done, let's get this thing rolling! Its not too late to register if you want to run, no sense sitting at home if you didn't get a deer tag, might as well run 50 miles, right? Thanks in advance to our volunteers: Holly, Rebecca, Kristen, Tim, Dave, Mike & Larry and a special thank you to Pastor Greg for his hospitality. Packet pick-up at STRIDERS tomorrow. Here's our start list, we'll see YOU all saturday:
850 - Ron Remkes
851 - Kenzie Barlow
852 - Quintin Barney
853 - Michael Bergquist
854 - Spencer Blodgett
856 - Paul Clark
857 - Basitan Cowsert
858 - Michelle Duran
859 - Launi Evans
860 - Lauren Halverson
861 - Kurt Halverson
862 - James Harrison
863 - Mette Harrison
864 - Sariah Long
865 - Tara Low
866 - Shane Martin
867 - Jule Maurer
868 - Rick Nef
869 - Taud Olsen
870 - David Orgill
871 - Jim Peacock
872 - Jamie Remkes
873 - Tom Remkes
874 - Kate Roberts
875 - Melinda Sheridan
877 - Sherman Smith
878- William Thomson
879 - Clay Wilkes
880 - Justin Wyckoff
Ogden Valley is amazing in the fall. For the past 5 years we've staged the OV50 Ultra-marathon every third saturday in October. This year's race is scheduled for Oct. 22nd. It's a lot of fun for the runners and volunteers alike; it's our favorite race we produce. It's quite the sight to watch as these runners conquer 50 miles of mountain roads in OV. Looking forward to this year as we prep for the race. Registration at STRIDERS and details at www.stridersrunning.com. Pictures below are from 2010, courtesy of Tim & Julie Maurer our "meals on wheels" experts.