2016 OTHTC 50K Ultra and 30K
December 4, 2016
(Join us for the 2017 Ultra and 30k December 3, 2017)
Registration will open in August 2017
The 31st OTHTC High Desert Ultra and 30K Trail Runs are in the books. WOW!!!!! What a beautiful day here in the High Desert. There was hardly a breeze, and it's difficult to know what could have made the day any better.
We had a total of 329 entrants start the race with 202 runners in the 50K and 127 in the 30K. 201 runners completed the 50K and 126 ru nners completed the 30K.
Oswaldo Hurtado, 42, was the overall winner of the 50K with a time of 3:24:29. Emma Delira, 29, was the first female to cross the finish line with a time of 4:37:33.
Douglas Rosenstock, 35 was awarded the first Military finisher in the 50K with a time of 4:30:19. There was one Military Male who had a faster time, however, he was fast enough to win his age group and earn the RRCA Master Champion medal so we went to the next fastest time. We try to give as many medals as possible with overall, Military, and three deep in each age group.
Our 80+ 50K finisher was William Akerboom, 80, with a time of 8:30:29. We didn’t have any female competitors in the 80+ category for the 50K.
We had 39 entrants signed up to complete their first Ultra. Congratulations!
The RRCA Western Region Championship Awards are as follows:
Overall Male – Oswaldo Hurtado, 42, 3:24:29
Overall Female – Emma Delira, 29, 4:37:33
Masters (40+) Male – Douglas Wickert, 43, 3:59:33
Masters (40+) Female – Sandy Binder, 47, 4:38:18
Grand Masters (50+) Male – Todd Vogel, 53, 4:05:57
Grand Masters (50+) Female – Christine Dancey, 55, 5:48:19
Senior Grand Masters (60+) Male – Rob McNair, 62, 4:37:29
Senior Grand Masters (60+) Female – Linda Dewees, 60, 6:15:38
In the 30K, Patrick Sweeny, 37, was the overall winner with a time of 2:10:33. Tori Tyler, 29, was the first female finisher with a time of 2:13:08.
Gabriel Corona, 33 was our winner of the 30K Male Military Division, and Andrea Kenney, 49, won the 30K Female Military Division.
We had two 80+ 30K finishers; Marvin Powers, 88, with a time of 5:17:35 and Pat DeVita, 82, with a time of 6:45:02. What an inspiration for all of us. To mangle Dori’s quote, “just keep running, just keep running, just keep running”. We hope they are back again next year.
Runners came from all across the United States. The majority of the runners came from California but nine other states were represented. We even had folks come from Canada to run in our event. It is great to see you all come back year after year. This year we had a couple celebrating their 46th wedding anniversary by taking a beautiful run in the desert.
This is the final year for Terry Mitchell as race director. Terry has done an exemplary job over her 11 years as race director, and while we will all miss her leadership, the baton is being passed to the very capable hands of Maria Coit who will be Race Director next year.
The OTHTC will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the race to Burroughs High School Cross Country Team, Habitat for Humanity, and the Women’s Center High Desert.
A big thank you to our many volunteers. Without them we couldn’t put on this event. We have the BEST volunteers. It takes an army of volunteers that can’t all be listed here.
For those of you who ran the 50K, Tom Rafalski took pictures at Highway Crossing Aid station, you can find his pictures here.
Remember to put us on your calendar for next year. Be sure to save the date….. December 3, 2017!