Grand Mesa 100 Race Report

I’m not sure how those lows in ultramarathons just die away and succumb to the highs, but the stubbornness to see a 100 mile race through always seems to have these transitions. Such was the case for my recent finish/win of the Grand Mesa 100 in Grand Mesa National Forest.

The Grand Mesa Ultras consist of 33km, 55km, 50mi, and 100 mi races. It’s a family-like, lower key atmosphere, with a midsize number of runners in each race.  It’s what I envision many ultramarathons were like back in the pre-internet era when you’d only know about these races through word of mouth. 

Hustle and Flow at the North Fork 50 Mile

Low fog hung over Pine Valley Ranch Park on race morning, limiting visibility and causing some pre-race chills partially attributable to my nervousness. I chatted with Ryan Denison (50 mi) Blake Wageman (50k) and Alexis Hanks (50k) after picking up my bib, discussing the heavy hitters that would be out there and what we anticipated course conditions to be like. I ran into some patches of snow during a course preview run a couple of weeks prior, but fully expected things to be melted out.