Trail marathon puts runner to the testMichael Borst ran alongside running partner Jake Hegge for the first 38 miles of the 2012 Voyageur 50-Mile Trail Ultramarathon before finishing second.
CARLTON — Michael Borst ran alongside running partner Jake Hegge for the first 38 miles of the 2012 Voyageur 50-Mile Trail Ultramarathon before finishing second.
Earlier this year, the duo ran side by side and tied for first at an ultramarathon near Zumbro Falls, Minn.
On Saturday, July 27, in a Voyageur return engagement, Borst used his advantage running on a stretch of jagged boulders to defeat Hegge and win his first Carlton-to-Duluth-to-Carlton 50-mile race. Borst broke away from his fellow Wisconsin-La Crosse student during their first crossing of Jarrow’s Beach and won in 7 hours, 1 minute, 34 seconds.
“He’s more willing to risk getting hurt,” said Hegge, who was timed in 7:20:05, nearly 15 minutes faster than his winning time a year ago.
Borst, 20, bettered his time by nearly 51 minutes, partially due to his proclivity on the moss-covered field of boulders named after Duluth ultra runner Jarrow Wahman. He led Hegge by only a minute at the halfway point before a return trip through Jarrow’s Beach widened the lead.
“I love that technical stuff, it’s so much fun,” Borst said. “I love hopping from rock to rock and having fun with it. When you get to the fast, open spaces I don’t have as much fun.”
Borst, who ran cross country and track at Slinger High School, a half-hour outside Milwaukee, ran his first ultra only 54 weeks ago. He credits Hegge with getting him involved.
“I always loved running trails and I always loved running distance, and when I met him my freshman year he started showing me more of the trails,” said Borst, a junior who is involved in the athletic training program and taking pre-physical therapy classes at La Crosse. “I cannot imagine not doing it now.”
Hegge, 21, a Verona High School graduate, says he hasn’t been able to run as often this summer. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he began his first year in the physical therapy graduate program. He also works 20 hours a week at a group home in La Crosse and got married in May.
The lack of training is one reason he dropped out around the halfway mark of the Afton Ultramarathon two weeks ago.
“I just felt terrible; I haven’t been able to run as much this summer because I’ve been so busy,” he said. “It was nice to actually run with [Borst] and stick with him for that first part of the race.”
Duluth’s Chris Rubesch was third in 7:25:43.
For the most part, the course returned to its original trails. Due to widespread flooding in June 2012, the course was altered drastically last year and a few areas remain inaccessible. Due to those changes, Borst’s time wouldn’t have counted as a course record even if he had been 20 minutes faster. Proctor native Scott Jurek still holds that mark of 6:41.
“Last year [course organizers] said it was a slow course because of the flood,” Hegge said, “then they said this year’s course was going to be even slower. But somehow we were able to run faster. Maybe we’re just getting better.”
Cole wins at double the distance
April Cole worked a night shift as a registered nurse at the Woodbury (Minn.) Health Care Center on Friday night, took a nap and drove up to Carlton for the race.
The result, however, was the same as two weeks ago at the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon for the 28-year-old Hammond, Wis., resident: victory.
“That was very helpful,” she said of running half the course earlier this month. “I didn’t like going through Jarrow’s Beach twice, though.”
Cole, running with male competitors throughout, finished in 8:23:22 to capture this race for the first time in seven attempts. She was 56 minutes ahead of runner-up Christi Nowak.
“I saw Christi Nowak at the turnaround and I spent the whole second half of the race waiting for her to creep up on me,” Cole said.
That didn’t happen as Cole cruised to the finish line at Carlton High School.
Apparently 50 miles isn’t enough. Her next plan is to run the Sawtooth 100-mile race from Gooseberry Falls to Lutsen in September.
VOYAGEUR 50-MILE TRAIL ULTRAMARATHON RESULTS
Top 10 Men
1. Michael Borst, Slinger, Wis., 7:01:34; 2. Jake Hegge, La Crosse, Wis., 7:20:05; 3. Chris Rubesch, Duluth, 7:25:43; 4. Nick Nygaard, Otsego, Minn., 7:37:05; 5. David Dickey, Duluth, 7:40:12; 6. Brett Busacker, Minnetonka, Minn., 7:44:08; 7. Ethan Richards, St. Paul, 8:04:12; 8. Erik Elmstrand, Duluth, 8:12:37; 9. Matthew Trok, Maple Grove, Minn., 8:13:59; 10. Brian Klug, Alexandria, Minn., 8:16:12.
44. Ryan Flynn, Esko, 9:46:44; 66. Ron Hendrickson, Esko, 10:48:03; 150. Rick Bothwell, Moose Lake, 13:52:06; 159. Rick Kucinski, Esko, 17:42:05.
Top 10 Women
1. April Cole, Hammond, Wis., 8:23:22; 2. Christi Nowak, St. Paul, 9:19:19; 3. Andrea Ring, Duluth, 10:17:38; 4. Leslie Semler, Hermantown, 10:31:18; 5. Kathy Jambor, Eagan, Minn., 10:48:33; 5. Angela Hill, Superior, Wis., 11:14:31; 6. Christina Stavig, Minnetonka, Minn., 11:17:04; 7. Karna Hyman, Newport, R.I., 11:19:28; 8. Annie Behrend, Rochester, Minn., 11:22:44; 9. Joy Keller, Deer Park, Wis., 11:31:19; 10. Kate Leis, Delano, Minn., 11:31:36.
EUGENE CURNOW 26.7-MILE TRAIL MARATHON RESULTS
Top 10 Finishers
1. Jakob Wartman, Duluth, 4:00:02; 2. John Storkamp, Hastings, Minn., 4:12:32; 3. Bill Barthen, La Crosse, Wis., 4:17:46; 4. April Cole, Hammond, Wis., 4:18:23; 5. Jarrow Wahman, Duluth, 4:24:57; 6. Glen Flanagan, Saginaw, 4:28:59; 7. Neal Kucera, Duluth, 4:29:48; 8. Anna Lahti, Duluth, 4:30:36; 9. Scott Hoberg, Duluth, 4:31:35; 10. Joe Buckentine, St. Cloud, Minn., 4:31:43.
6. Glen Flanagan, Saginaw, 4:28:59; 23. Phil Rogers, Esko, 5:07:06; 28. Ryan Flynn, Esko, 5:11:08; 30. Joe Raisanen, Mahtowa, 5:12:01; 35. Jody Zeleznikar, Esko, 5:22:14; 36. Kelly Rogers, Esko, 5:22:14; 38. Brenda Cid, Carlton, 5:30:34; 40. Jacob Gran, Barnum, 5:32:57; 46. Gina Rockstad, Cloquet, 5:40:47; 59. Jenny Johnsen, Carlton, 6:01:15; 66. Sarah Noordhoek, Carlton, 6:03:11; 115. Rick Bothwell, Moose Lake, 7:10:54; 123. Mike Hill, Cloquet, 7:29:19; 133. Rick Kucinski, Esko, 8:23:44; 138. Paul Schwoch, Carlton, 9:14:40.