Saturday, February 7, 2015

2015 LLTH Results and Race Recap

The 2015 race results are in.

The 12th running of LLTH is now history.  There was a record number of registrants & finishers.  Most notable was the big increase for the 6 mile run.
As usual, the weather & course conditions played a part this year.  The course was still frozen at the start & for most of the morning with temps in the 30's.  But as the sun rose higher in the sky & with strong south winds, temps would rise into the 60's & the course would eventually become very muddy.

More PHOTOS by Headfirst Performance can be found here:

Most everything went very well with no glitches or mishaps that I'm aware of.  There were more problems than usual this year with course marking vandalism before the race but could probably be attributed to the unusually large numbers of visitors to the park during the week.  Cynthia Heady (RD) worked Friday night replacing signs & flagging (several times at one location in particular).  With the warm weather, it was quite crowded Saturday on the trails around Tom Wallace Park (near the lake on the 2nd section), but the hikers were very kind to runners & most stepped off the narrow trails to allow passage.

2015 winners:

50k:  Troy Shellhamer  4:41:02                            Jessie Miller  5:46:17

15m: Mike Baird           1:56:49                           Alicia Heyne  2:13:32

6m:   Anthony Kuntz       39:16 (course record)    Suzan R .          53:53


Obtaining the 200 bonus buffs for the race was a real fiasco this year.  Last year was bad . . . this time with broken promises, ignored phone calls & just poor service again, it's been decided to not do business with Buff, Inc. anymore.  The "last resort" order (replacing our lost custom buff order) that was to be overnighted & received Thursday, actually came late Friday.  Somehow, working overtime Friday night, Headfirst Performance was able to add LLTH print to all the buffs. 

For those who went to Ken Combs Running Store for the early packet pickup Friday (6th) & didn't pick up a buff on race day should contact Headfirst Performance if you've not already done so -- or

 shirt & finisher medal:

a look ahead:

Received sad news that Larry Hilton, the Naturalist in the Forest Service who I work thru for the benefit of LLTH for many years, will be retiring this year.  Already LLTH has lost 7+ miles of challenging single track trail in the Yost section of the Forest.  Unfortunately, I don't see this trend ending, especially not having Larry to bat for us.  With management closing the last remnant of the old LLTH course in Yost (prematurely during race week I might add), a new course design looks to be necessary next year & in years to come.

Larry was also most generous & donated 2 large boxes of sox for runners!

Some in the 50k may have noticed this sign on the Siltstone Trail -- this might possibly alter the course here next year:

I do wish to say Congrats & Thanks to all runners who made 2015 LLTH a huge success.  Thanks also to the Headfirst Performance crew & all the volunteers.  Special thanks to Cynthia Heady who made this race happen & once again provided some great homemade soups & quiche for everyone!

If anyone has pictures they wish to share with others, post your link or send it to  Also, you can send any name spelling or results corrections to the same address.  Thanks. 


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recap Ed.