Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Uli Steidl and Caitlin Smith Rock The North Face 50

Uli Steidl won trail running's biggest purse ($10k) this Saturday by becoming the first 2-time winner of The North Face 50 in the Headlands of CA. He finished in a course record 6:33, just a few minutes ahead of 100-mile wunderkind Geoff Roes and a very competitive field. Caitlin Smith put the final touches on her amazing season, which included CR's at numerous ultras, winning the Nike Women's Marathon, victory at the 6-day TransRockies stage race, and more. Her 7:38 CR was 15 minutes ahead of ultra goddess Joelle Vaught. Congrats to both!

You can read more about the race at Competitor Magazine, this profile on Caitlin at the San Jose Mercury News, Bryon Powell's iRunFar blog, Caitlin's blog, and (much to my delight) Uli's brand new blog that gives a rare insider peek to how a champion sizes up the competition and takes them down during the race.

If you have a moment, be sure to stop by Uli's blog and leave him some kudos. I would love to encourage him to keep blogging!

- SD

[PS - XTerra World's write-up is coming...too many awesome pics to edit in one day!]


  1. Scott, Congrats on the age group win at XTERRA. Sounds like it was warm out there in Hawaii!

  2. Thanks, Bryon! It was a great day, and they put on a spectacular race.

    Plus I love to tell everyone at home at I'm an age group world champion (sounds sooo impressive), but then having to explain that the winner still beat me by 20 minutes in a half marathon. ;-)

    You'll love the class venue for sure.


  3. Congrats - No matter how you slice it, it's still a win.


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