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A record crowd attended the 14th running of LLTH. Entries numbered over 400 for the 1st time -- due, in part, to the expected weather & trail conditions, which were better than usual. The temps would range from 17 to 39 on a partly cloudy day & there was a very light breeze.
As expected, the trails were frozen thru mid-morning. With the hard overnight freeze, parts of the trail that were only damp on previous days had ice form near the surface. Then as the sun & temps rose higher, the trails did develop some slick areas & a couple fairly muddy spots in the afternoon. The trails were actually in better shape earlier in the week despite the lack of any precipitation since then.
50k: Scott Breeden 4:14:37** Jessica Southers 5:27:38**
15m: Clinton Barrett 1:59:04 Kristin Patterson 2:22:39
6m: Kaleb Patterson 46:26 Sara Mahoney 46:31
** Scott's time is 2nd only to the record (4:07:38) he set in 2013. Jessica's time is 2nd only to the record set by Ellen Erhardt/Byron (5:18:05) in 2008.
shirt, buff & finisher medal:
Congrats & Thanks to all! Thanks also to the Headfirst Performance crew & all the volunteers. And as always, special thanks to Cynthia Heady, who makes this race happen.
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