(Logan, UT – December 3, 2018) Altra’s Elite athlete Kyle Pietari won the Dead Horse 50 Mile trail race with a finish of 6:23:06, setting a new course record by nearly three minutes.
“At the start line, I went out with the lead pack,” Pietari said. “After 60 seconds of running by headlamp light, we had to turn around because the lead pack ran past the first turn. It’s not a true Moab race unless you miss at least one marked turn, so it was a great omen to get that out of the way early on.”
“After my mucus and congestion cleared out, I felt solid. I took the first 24 miles just fast enough to keep the leaders in sight. By mile 28, it was clear my friend Bryan Kerl from Leadville would win unless I worked hard for it. I felt great, so I decided not to hold back, even with Brazos Bend in three weeks, it would be a shame not to capitalize on having a strong day. I hammered it starting around mile 30 and caught Bryan around 42. I kept a narrow lead to the finish!”
The Dead Horse Ultra event includes a 50-miler, 50k and 30k through the Moab Valley of Utah. The challenging course features technical slickrock and sandy washes, but has gorgeous views of Arches National Park, the La Sal Mountains and Moab. The 50-miler has an elevation gain of 4,500 feet throughout the Magnificent Seven Trails off of Gemini Bridges.
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