Broken Arrow Skyrace is Salomon’s three-day mountain-running fest in Lake Tahoe, California, with five distances and something for everyone: 52K, 26K, 11K, VK (vertical kilometre), and for the first time, a kids’ race. The race offers great racing, with ropes, ladders, the chance to “ski” down slopes without benefit of skis (also known as glissading), stunning views, some nice Salomon swag and fun post-race activities for runners and their families. It’s also a UTMB qualifier, with three points for the 52K distance and two points for the 26K.
Jamil Coury was out scoping out the course the day before the races started, and had some fun “skiing” down a slope (without benefit of skis) with Majell Backhausen.
VK (Vertical kilometre)
Max King of Bend, Oregon was first, in 42:46, followed by Aaron Newell of Olympic Valley, Calif. in 44:30 and Gus Gibbs of Boise, Idaho in 44:49. Among the women, Morgan Arritola of Ketchum, Idaho was first (and fourth overall), in 45:50, with Sofia Sanchez of Kings Beach, Calif. in second (49:12) and Kasie Enman of Hungtington, Vermont in third (49:27).
Hayden Hawks of Cedar City, Utah won the 52K event in 4:25:50, followed by Michelino Sunseri of Kings Beach, Calif. in 4:40:29 and David Sinclair of Peru, Vermont in 4:41:41. Among the women, Megan Kimmel of Ridgway, Colo. was first, in 5:09:40 with Rea Kolbl of Boulder in second (5:17:12) and Kristina Trygstad-Saari third in 5:20:02.
Andrew Douglas of Edinburgh, UK was first, in 1:56:31 with Sam Sahli of Evergreen, Colo. second in 2:06:18 and Henri Aymonod third in 2:08:03. In the women’s race, the winner was Canadian OCR crusher Lindsay Webster of Caledon, Ont. in 2:22:35, Morgan Arritola of Ketchum, Idaho in second in 2:24:24 and Kasie Enman of Huntington, Vermont in third in 2:29:09. (Yes, Arritola and Enman did both the VK and the 26K.)
Gregory Krathwohl of Ipswich, Mass. was first, in 51:47, with Nick Handel of San Francisco second, in 52:58 and Hamish Macdonald third in 58:00. Jennifer Schmidt of Davis, Calif. was first female in 1:04:34, with Taylor Ostrander of Boise, Idaho finishing second in 1:05:36 and Katie Fitzpatrick of San Francisco third, in 1:09:19.
Another notable Canadian was Anne-Marie Madden of Vancouver, who finished sixth in the 26K.