Cool is one of the most competative 50k's in the country and darn hard to get into! Lewis won in 3:41. Registration closed in 7 minutes 33 seconds this year.
I have ran with Lewis a few times, when he so graciously said he didn't mind running at a snails pace. We have gone to a few races together last year. One of the nicest guys I know.
He finished in front of some pretty fast company, Graham Cooper, winner of Wester States 100 in 18:17, and Jonathan Olsen winner of Rio Del Lago 100 at 16:30. And I am sure I am missing other top notch ultra folks.
Lewis, a.k.a., L.C. (lower case) is new to ultra's with really only two years under his belt. He writes for the Eugene Registar Guard news paper but when he writes e-mails they are always in lower case, little puctuation and has been known for run-on sentences.
With the win he has a spot open for States if he wants it. He is a two time loser so he would have got in next year but now it just looks like he will have to train his but off for the next 104 days.
Lewis will soon be part of the Sunsweet Ultra Running Team . He just hasn't received his prunes as of yet.
Lewis first learned about ultra's when he interviewed four crazy guys in Eugene that were getting ready for States, Bili, L.B., O.D., H.N. (brother, Craig, Ed, Ticer.) They convinced L.C. to join them on trail runs and do Wednesday speed work at Hayward Field. He was bitten.
I think Brother and Craig finished outside of top ten. Meghan was second!!! Way to go G.M. I wonder if that means French Kiss won?
Meghan, showing her team spirit last year at States. Bev in yellow.
You can read about how they got their nicknames on the Sunsweet Ultra site .
As for me, I SLOGGED through a 30 mile trail run with only 3500 feet of gain. Oh, it was UGLY!!! Glad I was alone, nobody could possible have stayed at that slow a pace. But this is my first week of high milage, high milage for me that is. So, I was kinda thinking this might happen with a 50k just last Saturday.
Will post more when the results of Cool are posted.
Now just one more slog tomorrow.
remembered that i had Lewis' cell...
l.c., eugene, or ........ 1st, 3:41
rod bein, bend, or........ 7th, 3:57
craig, eugene, or ........ 25th, 4:14 and he got CHICKED!!!
brother jeff, or ........ 38th, 4:26, rough day, CHICKED!!!
tom adkins, eugene...64th, 4:39, sorry dude, CHICKED!!
FRENCH KISS WON!!!
beverly anderson-abbs..... 1st, 4:07. WHAT A STUD!
meghan, aka gay man....... 4TH, 4:18!!! SWEEEEEET
Stephanie Gehrsitz, NY...... 6:25. WOOO HOOO, YEA!!! WAY TO GO STEPHANIE!!!
all i know is bili had a rough day. after all he is not tapering and still doing 100+ mile weeks now. bummer. well not every race can be epic. brother is focusing on just one thing... States. i am sure he will be ready.