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Nifty Fifty 50k race report

Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2009

Thirty-four runners participated in the Nifty Fifty 50k Relay, a three-leg race held Aug. 22 in Juneau that covered 31 miles, with The Nameless and the Restless coming out on top in three hours and 25 minutes.

The race was primarily a trail run this year, beginning and ending at the Eagle Beach picnic shelter, and including the Herbert Glacier and Windfall Lake trails.

Nameless and Restless teammates Tristan Knutson-Lombardo, Merry Ellefson and Kyle Hebert each won their respective legs of the race.

JVs on the Run came in second, less than 20 minutes back, even though third-leg runner Avanti Peters missed a turn and added about a half mile to his leg. Chris Nelson was the only runner to attempt to run the course solo, and he completed the first two legs, nearly 20 miles, before calling it a day.

Many runners used the race as a warm-up for the Klondike Road Relay, which begins Sept. 11 in Skagway.

Third- and fourth-place finishers Unforced Balances and Unbalanced Forces consisted of six team members from the same Klondike team, and they finished just 39 seconds apart.

Nifty Fifty 50k Relay

Aug. 22

Leg 1 - Herbert River

1. Tristan Knutson-Lombardo 1:05:26; 2. Kathleen Maynard 1:19:20; 3. Jim Ustasiewski 1:23:17; 4. Lisa Kirsch 1:25:23; 5. Scott Griffith 1:34:14; 6. Jennifer Watson 1:36:55; 7. Lisa Worden 1:37:34; 8. Steve Lewis 1:41:54; 9. Chris Nelson 1:44:57; 10. Kathy Kartchner 2:02:01.

Leg 2 - Windfall Lake

1. Merry Ellefson 1:02.43; 2. Andrzej Piotrowski 1:04.45; 3. Marcelo Maiorano 1:04:47; 4. Chris Siddon 1:09:51; 5. Daniel Strong 1:10:42; 6. Dan Robinson 1:13:32; 7. Jim Grammel 1:21:39; 8. Evelyn Bass 1:40:53; 9. Darcy Markovich 1:49:14; 10. Chris Nelson 1:51:55.

Leg 3 - Herbert River

1. Kyle Hebert 1:17:41; 2. Scott May 1:19:25; 3. Avanti Peters 1:21:12; 4. Zane Clark 1:24:47; 5. Carrie Macaulay 1:37:35; 6. Catherine Peimann 1:40:22; 7. Brandee Gerke 1:42:05; 8. Lindsey Clark 1:44:31; 9. Tammy Davis 1:59:43.

Team Times

1. The Nameless and the Restless 3:25:50; 2. JVs on the Run 3:45:19; 3. Unforced Balances 4:03:42; 4. Unbalanced Forces 4:04:21; 5. Ewok in a Box 4:23:45; 6. DSL 4:29:27; 7. DNR 4:51:28; 8. Chicks With Kicks 5:04:23; 9. The Hoopers 5:06:12.



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