Records Smashed at Lake Sonoma 50
Healdsburg Patch - almost 5 years
Dakota Jones, at 21 the youngest runner in the field, smashed the course record at the Lake Sonoma 50-Mile Endurance Run, winning the race in six hours, 17 minutes and 27 seconds. Jones, from Durango, Colorado, pulled away from Timothy Olson of Ashland, Oregon in the second half to win the fourth annual ultramarathon.
Jones’ time averages to 7:30 per mile pace over the rugged backcountry trails at Lake Sonoma, which include more than 10,000 feet of climbing over 50.29 miles.
Joelle Vaught of Boise, Idaho was the women’s winner in 7:52:44, also setting a course record. Vaught opened a 14-minute lead at one point and then held off a fast finish by Novato’s Tyler Stewart to win by four minutes.
Healdsburg’s Leigh Schmitt was 10th in the highly-competitive field, which attracted top runners from across the country. Schmitt’s time was 7:28:32.
Heather Mastrianni and Aziz Zhari were the other local finishers. Mastrianni was 12th woman in 9:13:37. Zhari, the general manager
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