photo courtesy of Chris Kostman, Greg Minter, and ADVENTURECorps)
Jurek finished just 15 minutes ahead of first-time Badwater runner Akos Konya from Oceanside, CA. Konya had surprised the field by setting a blistering pace (pardon the pun) as part of the 6am start group set aside for first-timers. This allowed Konya to be the first across the finish line in 25:58:42, but he had to wait and count the seconds for Jurek's 10am start time to catch up (Greg Minter has a great interview with Konya here). By the time it was done, Jurek had edged him out. Charlie Engle (28:18:36), Canadian Ferg Hawke (28:45:10), and David Goggins (30:18:54) finished out the top 5.
photo courtesy of ADVENTURECorps)
Monica Scholz dominiated the female division, finishing 7th overall in 32:07:01. She was nearly 5 hours ahead of Noora Alidina from Palm Harbor, FL (37:16:15). Maria Lemus (39:54:10) finished up the top 3.
Other strong performances of Trail Runner Blog regulars included Dean Karnazes (8th, 33:33:51), Luis Escobar (9th, 36:45:10), and Xy Weiss (18th, 5th female, 41:04:15).
You can find results here, and pictures here. Congratulations to all the racers and crew who braved the heat, and to the runners still out there!