Jason Wolfe and Mike Smith (Team Run Flagstaff) (pictured here) took control of the 2011 GoreTex TransRockies Run with a dominant performance in the penultimate stage of the race from Red Cliff to Vail today.
The Run Flagstaff duo completed the 24 mile, course in an amazing 2h44m, which was close to 14 minutes ahead of arch protagonists Max King and Ryan Bak (Team Bend) who finished third today, with Bak struggling with multiple injuries, sustained in yesterday's stage. The British pair of Tom Owens and Ricky Lightfoot (Team Salomon) were second today despite losing their way on the course.
"Our strategy paid off today, said an elated Smith after winning the stage. We planned to push really hard on the uphills and were running a little over 6 minute miles at 11,000ft, which helped us break clear of the chasing pack."
No one could hang with the Flagstaff flyers today. They were in a class of their own and with one stage to go they seem to have the title well within reach.
Ashley and Cynthia Arnold (Team Trail Runner Magazine)retained control of their grip on the women's open division with five stages and five wins. We felt good again today' said Ashley at the finish. We have about an hour over over nearest competitor's, so we feel pretty good about it.
Ryan Bak had to cut the toe box of his shoe to ease the pain of his broken foot