Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Ultra runners Jones-Wilkins, Mitchell conquer Teton course

100- and 50-mile runners over Labor Day

Montrail Ultra Running Team members Andy Jones-Wilkins and Brad Mitchell were at Grand Targhee Resort this past weekend to compete in the 100-mile and 50-mile ultra trail races of the Grand Teton Race weekend.

Andy Jones-Wilkins, running the 100-mile race Saturday, crushed the course record by more than four hours. His finishing time was 19 hours, 35 minutes and 20 seconds for an incredible new course record and first-place finish.

Jones-Wilkins has had a dominating past 10 weeks in the ultra running community.

The Community School headmaster placed fourth at Western States 100 June 23, first at the Vermont 100 July 21 and first on the Grand Teton Races 100-mile course Sept. 1.

Hailey's Brad Mitchell, returning to the Grand Teton Races to run the 50-mile course and improve upon his 2006 results, finished second overall with a time of nine hours, one minute and 55 seconds.

It was an improvement of more than 16 minutes from 2006 as well as one notch higher on the podium.

As a first-season ultra runner for the Montrail Running Team, this was Brad's fifth successful ultra race (50K or 50 miler) in 23 weeks.

Mitchell will wrap up his 2007 season running in the 31st Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 28.

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