Way Too Cool…The Speedgoat Odds are in!
This race will hands down be the most competitive 50k so far this year with at least 4 runners with the ability to go under 3:30 on the rolling singletrack. Ulli Steidl’s record will remain safe at 3:18+, (in my opinion) but the Cool Champion will be close. I predict a 3:24.20 for the men! And a slick 4:01.18 for the women, narrowly missing Ann Trason’s record.Trason’s 3:59 could be in danger!
Mens RaceMatt Carpenter 5-2. He is the man, but his hands are full Galen Burrell 4-1. Sub 4 at Pikes Peak Multiple times Erik Skaggs4-1. 50k is his distance, and has the speed to compete Rich Hanna 5-1. Former WTC record holder at 3:31 ish,fast marathoner Bradley Mongold 7-1.Narrowly missed record last month at Holiday Lake Lewis Taylor 8-1. Won it last year in 3:41 Scott Jurek 8-1. 3:30 potential but not a focus race Eric Grossman 9-1. Has the speed to go under 3:40, rarely has a bad day Hal Koerner 10-1. If he feels good, he can hang with the best of em’ Erik Skaden 10-1. Experience on these trails keeps him in the top 10 Dan Olmstead 12-1. Fast McKenzie River last year puts him in the mix Jeremy Redding 13-1. Kind of a mystery man, my mystery pick Thomas Reiss 15-1. Great season last year with 4 wins and fast times And the rest of the men:Scott Wolfe, Jed Tukman, Ian Torrence, Sean Meissner, Guillermo Medina, AJW, Scott Jaime, Graham Cooper, Jeff Browning, Alan Abbs. Western States doesn’t have a field this tight! Womens Race: Susannah Beck3-1. Very convincing win in Moab in February, sick speed! Nikki Kimball 4-1. She’ll hang with Suzanna but turnover will prevail Beverly Abbs 6-1. Not quite enough speed but won’t be far behind Annette Bednosky 7-1. Sneaky fast, less than 12 minutes back Joelle Vaught 12-1. Speedgoat 50kstar, but no mountains here Helen Cospolich 13-1. Another great climber, Goat Hill isn’t enough Meghan Arboghast 20-1. Needs the rest to crash hard Caren Spore 20-1. Needs the rest to crash hard Jenny Capel 20-1. Ditto