Tuesday, November 17, 2009

2009 Mountain Masochist 50 Mile

For nearly a decade, Julie Treder has been making the trek out east to compete in the Mountain Masochist Trail 50 Miler.  The event has turned into an annual LPTR road-trip and this year was no exception with 6 runners tagging along with her as she made her 9th consecutive attempt.  

Part of the "Beast Series" that includes the Grindstone 100 and Hellgate 100k, this race features lots of climbs.  One section in the middle of the race ascends steadily for 6 miles.  An old pick-up truck blaring the theme to Rocky awaits at the top, however, the switch-backs constantly tease you as the music alternates between getting closer and farther and closer again as you work your way back and forth up the face.

The MMTR was formerly directed by David Horton - famous for dreaming up tough routes that include extra bonus milage (Horton Miles!).  This "50" miler is widely regarded to cover almost 54!

Julie Treder used her experience to lead the LPTR crowd along Brian Seegert as they finished together in 10:06.  Jeff Mallach's  last race in the 40-49 age division was a success as he recorded a MMTR PR crossing in 10:41(photo above).  Tim Luft from the Northern group ran an 11:36, while Angela Barbera and Deb Vomhof cruised to a 11:40 and 11:41 respectively.

Great Job All!  Next year Julie goes for her 10 year Award -  Register early as this one fills up quickly! 

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