The Western Mountain Sports Trail running team ventured to Virgin Utah last weekend to compete in the Zion Ultra races. This being the last race of the season athletes were prepared both mentally and physically to take all the challenged this rugged desert landscape had to offer. Athletes competing in the 100k and 100 mile races were greeted with cold weather and rain as they woke up at 4 am on Friday, however after lots of coffee and pump up music they were ready for their 6 am start. Despite horrible running conditions, thanks to the rain, Western athletes arrived at the first aid stations collected and confident.
With clear skies Jeshrun Small (right) was able to push even farther into the lead finishing his 100k race in first with a time of 9:31:59 with a 9:20 pace crushing the competition in addition to setting the second fastest time in this races history.In the 100 mile race Christian Kerr finished his first 100 mile race in 3rd place with a time of 18:21:18. Western Athlete Maddie Hart battled through the challenging condition to finish in 3rd place in the women’s division.
All Photos and word by Eligh Purvis