Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Speed Goat 50k: Gates places 2nd, Ricks 11th in very competitive race

It was a fast day of racing on July 28th at the 2012 Speed Goat 50k at Snow Bird Ski Resort in Utah, as six men went under the old course record; not to mention, an interesting twist in the prize money disbursement and course record.

Team Colorado's Rickey Gates finishes 2nd in 5:18:27 behind Spanish phenom, Killian Jornet (5:14:00), but since Killian repeatedly cut switchbacks during the race, he forfeit the $2,500 prize purse for the winner which pushed the the prize money down to Gates ($2,500), Max King - 3rd ($1,000) and Anton Krupicka - 4th ($500).

Killian was kept in the results for the International Skyrunning Federation points standings, but Gates was credited with the course record, which carried another $500 in prize money. Gates also garnered the prime of $1,000 for the first runner to the top, and took home a hefty $4,000 pay day. Basically, beers are on him for the next year!

Justin Ricks of Team Colorado placed 11th overall in a time of 6:06:35, helping him establish himself as a top ultra runner in Colorado.

Results and write up.

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