The fifth running of Manitou’s Revenge Ultra is in the books. Conditions were difficult, with near 100% humidity all day, on and off rain and fog, and slick, slippery rocks and slimy ledges. Kudos to Kehr Davis for easily defending her title in 13:30, while Debbie Livingston was second in 14:41 and Melanie Boultbee was third in 15:47. In the men’s race, Ben Nephew prevailed with an exciting finish over Andy Vermilyea, breaking away for good in the last rocky downhill. Ben’s time of 10:57 is the second fastest for this course. Andy was second in 10:59, while Adam Russell was third in 12:02. Congrats to all 83 runners that completed the course this year, you surely earned your finish!!
Another Manitou’s Revenge in the books! 72 out of 95 starting runners finished the course this year with 25 of them breaking the 16 hour benchmark time of “I don’t need no stinking headlamp!” Clear skies and a strong Sun led to warm conditions but fortunately runners had extremely dry trails and low humidity to help balance out the heat.
Huge congratulations to Kehr Davis and Carlo Agostinetto for their stellar performances this year! Kehr ran unchallenged to victory in 13:47:14 while Carlo passed Brian Rusiecki in the final miles to win in 11:16:40. Congrats to the rest of the runners as well! Click here for results with Manitou Results with splits 2016 and click here for Relay Results 2016.
Once again, we could not have done this without the help of our amazing volunteer crews, hauling insane amounts of water and food to our 8 aid stations, our sweeps that kept the lingering runners safe, and our sponsors that allow us to offer a safe, challenging event with great value.
One more note. There have been 8 three time and 7 four time finishers of Manitou’s Revenge. Some people just can’t get enough of this madness!! Of those that have run every year, Sheryl Wheeler has the (incredible!) fastest average time of 14:36:55. Tom DeHaan has the second best average of 15:50:57. Amazing endurance! Here’s a link to all of the finish times for the data nerds out there.
Photos from runners and spectators:
Congratulations to Sheryl Wheeler (13:46) and Brian Rusiecki (11:51) for winning this years Manitou’s Revenge. It was a year of weather ups and downs as severe as the course profile. Conditions were perfect in the morning and stayed cool throughout the day allowing many runners to come in with PR’s and very speedy times. There were 24 sub-16 hr finishers (9pm) which normally means they finish in daylight on the longest day of the year, but this year was different. Early afternoon drizzle turned into late afternoon rain making it dark and nasty in the woods by 8pm. These showers turned into heavy rain and thunderstorms for those hearty souls on the course late into the evening and early morning hours. Thankfully everyone finished with no more than bumps and bruises from the extremely slippery rocks and roots in the pitch black night. Huge thanks to all volunteers, aid station workers, sweeps, and sponsors!! Manitou’s Revenge continues to be one of the most difficult 50 milers in the country!!
Manitou 2014 was every bit as successful as the inaugural year. The weather was nearly perfect and less hot and humid than last year. There were 68 official finishers out of 88 starters (with relay teams counted as one runner). The course was about 2 miles shorter this year, since we were able to avoid running on roads after leaving Platte Clove aid station. Times were expected to be faster, but no one expected them to be a whole hour faster. Jan Wellford won a hard fought men’s race in 10:50, defeating Ben Nephew, Brian Rusiecki and Ryan Welts. Ashley Lister easily won the women’s race for the second year in a row with a time of 12:37. Many more runners finished during daylight hours. The aid station people and sweeps were terrific and buoyed the spirits of the runners. Next year’s race will be held on June 20-21, 2015. Registration will open up on Feb. 1.
Race Reports and Photos:
Ashley Lister’s Race Report
We had a very successful inaugural Manitou’s Revenge. Sunny skies, good temp’s, and (mostly) good trail conditions helped 48 out of 59 starters finish this beast. The times ranged from just under 12 hours to almost 23. It took everyone far longer to negotiate the last 25 miles of the race that included the infamous Devil’s Path than it did to run the first 31 miles that included most of the famed Escarpment Trail Race. The top 5 across the line were the youngest in the field and yet we had 4 finishers in their 60’s!!! Also an interesting note, no women dropped from the race. Since sunset on Saturday was around 8:35 and it was twilight until 9:10 or so, there were 10 finishers that came into Phoenicia without the use of headlamps. Speaking of next year, the tentative date for Manitou’s Revenge 2014 is June 21-22. Great job to all participants and aid station workers, volunteers, crews, pacers, sweeps, etc. See ya in the mountains.
Results posted with splits. Times are elapsed time from start.
Race Reports and Photos:
Ryan Welts’ Race Report