Nearly 2,000 runners of all ages, abilities and ambitions lined up for the Ogden Marathon last Saturday, and Logan's Seth Wold flew down the course with an impressive time of 2:27:43 to claim the overall victory.
The 24-year-old averaged 5:38 miles and actually saw his pace improve over the second half of the marathon, which took runners from a start line in the Ogden Valley near Eden. After reaching the midpoint in 1:13:20 with a 5:31 pace, Wold cranked it up over the final eight miles, running an average of 5:11 to pull away from Provo's Alexander Pachev, who finished at 2:32:28.
Ogden's Logan Fielding placed third overall at 2:35:18.
Salt Lake City's Carre Joyce took the top honors among the female participants, just missing the three-hour mark with a time of 3:00:06. Michelle Lowry, from Woodland Hills, was second at 3:02:18, while Lorie Hutchison, also from Salt Lake City, rounded out the podium with a time of 3:03:29.
Christina Gingras won the women's half marathon, finishing in 1:22:21. The Cottonwood Heights resident was followed by Riverton's Jessica Winters (1:26:42) and Ogden's Missy Allred (1:27:42) atop the winners' list.
Matt Harmer was the fastest runner in the men's half marathon. Harmer, from Saratoga Springs, covered the course in 1:10:27 to easily claim the victory over North Ogden's Taylor Monson, 1:17:54, and Highland's Ryan Bradshaw, 1:19:55.
Running events will have the fleet of foot hitting the trails and tracks across the state. Here's a quick look at a few of the upcoming events.
The Utah Olympic Park 5K Hill Climb will be held May 24 at 8:30 a.m. A half marathon and 5K will be run at the Homestead Resort on May 31, and the local XTerra trail run series will hold an 8K run at Wolf Mountain on June 7 at 7 a.m.
The next marathon in the state will take place along the shores of Bear Lake on June 14. Registration is limited for this event, so check out MammothMarathons.org for more information. The Heart of Holladay 5K will also be run on June 14.
WOMEN OF STEEL: Racing in a unique all-women format, more than 450 athletes participated in the annual Women of Steel Triathlon on May 17 in American Fork. The event, designed to help women of all abilities to adopt the sport and become more physically fit without some of the intimidating machismo sometimes found with men around, was part athletic competition and part inspirational companionship.
Once the race started, though, it was time for action and Anne Heiner proved fastest on legs, on a bike and in the pool as she completed the course in 1:00:43. The 23-year-old from Cottonwood Heights had the fastest run in the field with an 18:27 effort in the 5K to pull away from Sandy's Sue Pope and Paula Eldredge who finished in 1:03:28 and 1:03:35, respectively.
Myrna Towers, a 66-year-old Salt Lake City resident, was the oldest participant and crossed the finish line at 2:21:04.
Triathletes of all genders and ages will be in action on May 31 at the Shark Attack Triathlon at Crystal Springs near Tremonton. The event is one of the final tuneup triathlons in the region from athletes transition to open-water swim events during the summer.
Before that, though, is the Sunrise Duathlon benefiting the Hess Cancer Foundation. The run/bike/run event starts at Copper Hills High School at 8:30 a.m.
CYCLISTS BATTLE THE BEAR: Amid nearly perfect conditions, Mike Sohm completed a 104-mile journey around Bear Lake to win the Bear Lake Classic road race. Sohm, riding for Porcupine/Specialized, was part of a breakaway during the second of two laps around the lake and held off Luis Zamudio (American R.A.D.D.) and Todd Hageman (Bingham's Northshore) to win the Cat 1-2 division.
Kirsten Kotval (Park City Ironman) claimed victory in the women's Cat 1-2-3 field, beating Karen Appleby-Krieg (Bountiful Mazda) and Melissa McDaniel (PCIM) for the win.
Drew Nielson, Lance Christiansen and Spencer DeBry held down the podium in the men's Cat 3 division while Shanna Matheson lead a podium sweep for the Ski Utah women's team in the Cat 4 division with Breanna Nalder and Jamie Carter placing second and third.
Scott Allen (Canyon Bicycles) took top honors in the Masters 35 field while Gary Swain (also riding for Canyon Bicycles) was victorious among the Masters 45 racers.
Next up for local road cyclists is the Garden Creek Gap race near Pocatello followed by the Utah Time Trial Championships in May 31 in Elberta.
Mountain bikers took their rides off the beat path in Midway last weekend for the Hammerfest at Soldier Hollow.
Bart Gillespie (MonaVie/Cannondale) got back to his winning ways, putting a three-minute cushion between himself and Rocky Mountain Bicycles' Alex Grant to win the men's pro division race. Chris Holley (Mad Dog/Subaru/Gary Fisher) was third.
Kara Holley (Mad Dog/Subaru/Gary Fisher) won the women's pro race, beating Revolution/Peak Fasteners' Erika Powers by eight minutes.Memorial Day weekend means mountain bikers will wait until Monday to race again, this time at the Stan Crane Memorial in Draper.