Held in the small town of Cedaredge, CO, the Grand Mesa 50, that starts and finishes at 10,400’, was the perfect setting for Vasque Athlete Duncan Callahan to win the 50 mile race and set a new course record with a time of 7 hours 18 minutes.
Celebrating its third year, the grassroots Grand Mesa Race consists of a 100 mile, 50 mile and 60 kilometer race. The terrain is wild and remote and the course has many climbs and incredible single track making it a challenging race. Much of the course looks very similar and on more than one occasion Callahan said he had to make a mental note of his surroundings so he would not get completely turned around.
Callahan had a slow start and after the first 10 miles found he was about 5 minutes behind the top 5 runners. After making it through his rough patch, he found his stride and was able to charge ahead and run strong for the rest of the race to take first place and set a new course record, 20 minutes ahead of 2nd place finisher, Troy Howard.
“I enjoyed the course immensely and was pleased to note that I acclimated to the altitude very well,” stated Callahan. “I’m feeling ready for the last big push of training this August.”
Callahan will be attending Summer Outdoor Retailer this week and will be doing a meet and greet in the Vasque booth 12001 from 5 – 6 pm on Day 1 of the show. To read more about Callahan’s upcoming races and adventures for 2012 visit his site www.strategicendurance.com.
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