Canaday Smashes Record at White River 50
Crystal Mountain, Washington, July 28. Sage Canaday won the 20th annual White River 50, destroying Anton Krupicka's seemingly unassailable course record in the process. Canaday, who won the famed Mount Washington Road Race in June, moved from his native Sheridan, Oregon to Boulder, Colorado in June. The former Cornell University track star, a two-time Olympic Trials marathon qualifier, ran his first ultra at the Chuckanut 50K in March. American River 50 winner Vajin Armstrong of New Zealand finished a distant second.
Ellie Greenwood, fresh off her course record victory at Western States last month, won the women's race handily, posting the third fastest time in event history. Fellow British Columbian Melanie Bos was second. The 275 finishers enjoyed ideal racing weather, sunny with temperatures in the low 60s.
1. Sage Canaday, 26, Boulder, CO, 6:16:10 (course record, old record Anton Krupicka, 6:25:29, 2010)
2. Vajin Armstrong, 31, Christchurch, New Zealand, 6:53:47
3. Josh Brimhall, 36, Henderson, NV, 7:03:22
4. Gary Gellin, 43, Menlo Park, CA, 7:05:59
5. Adam Lint, 28, Bellevue, WA, 7:06:38
1. Ellie Greenwood, 33, North Vancouver, BC, 7:40:02
2. Mel Bos, 39, Kelowna, BC, 8:08:12
3. Nichole Sellon, 26, Seattle, WA, 8:39:25
4. Kathleen Egan, 39, Seattle, WA, 8:51:56
5. Tia Gabalita, 43, Corvallis, OR, 9:06:24
Left: Sage Canaday at the finish line (photo by John Wallace III)
Right and below: the trail coming into Suntop aid station, and the 2011 start (photos by Glenn Tachiyama)