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Preliminary recap – course records take a shelling at Superior


The conditions were great – and so were the runners. Of six races contested this weekend on the north shore, new course records were established in three of them, and six individuals went under previous course records in their respective races.

Superior 100

Both the men’s and women’s course records went down in the hundred. Steven Moore, of Austin, Texas, clocked a 21:02:41, breaking the previous record of 21:42:11, set by Sean Andrish in 2006. Adam Schwartz-Lowe, of Minneapolis, was second in 22:41:02 (read our pre-race Q&A with him here) and Ryan Welts, of Goffstown, New Hampshire, finished third in 22:58:03.

In the women’s race, the top three finishers were all under the previous course record. Kristina Folcick – also of Goffstown (a town of about 16,000 people) – passed early leader Christi Nowack to win in 24:49:06, under Helen Lavin’s old record of 26:49:22, set in 2008. Nowak (read her pre-race Q&A here), of Duluth, finished second in 25:52:59, and Baxter’s Becky George finished third in 26:05:25. Their times were good for 7th, 10th and 11th overall.

Complete results of the 100 can be found here.

Superior 50 Mile

Despite a mid-race rainstorm making the course considerably slicker and muddier, the top two men in the 50-mile race went under Chris Rubesch’s previous course record of 9:09:18, set in 2010. Minneapolis’ James Sorensen led from the start to win in 8:53:19, and Eric Nordgren, of Duluth, finished second in 9:05:10. Ethan Richards, of St. Paul, barely missed Rubesch’s old mark, clocking a 9:09:24 to finish third.

In the women’s race, DeDe Gibbs, of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, won in 11:54:04, just over two and a half minutes over runner-up Shelly Groenke, of Mankato, who crossed the line in 11:56:48. Maranda Lorraine, of Ironton, Minnesota, finished third in 12:47:32. They placed 20th, 22nd, and 32nd overall.

Complete 50-mile results can be found here.

Moose Mountain Marathon

The marathon course records remained intact in 2012. Lane Johnson, of Bayfield, Minnesota, won the approximately 26.2-mile race in 3:55:38, barely edging out runner-up Ryan Braun, of Rochest, who finished in 3:56:07. Willie Tibbets, of Eagan, won the women’s race and placed 11th overall in 4:39:03.

Full marathon results can be found here.

Look for a more extensive recap either here or in Down the Backstretch soon.