The North Face Endurance Challenge-Wisconsin event at Kettle Moraine State Park was the third stop on the 2013 The North Face Endurance Challenge Tour. Weather conditions were perfect for the GORE-TEX® 50 Mile on Saturday, September 14th as 216 racers toed the starting line to compete for a total prize purse of $3900.
Start of the GORE-TEX 50® Mile Race: Photo by Ken Schuh
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Eric Senseman, the 2012 The North Face Endurance Challenge-Wisconsin 3rd place finisher and the 2nd place finisher at the 2013 The North Face Endurance Challenge-Washington D.C., headlined the men’s field. The GORE-TEX 50® Mile started out as a two-way race for first as Tyler Sigl and Brian Condon established their dominance early and battled through the first two aid stations. As they departed the Ice Age aid station at mile 11.5 they were only separated by one second. From that point, it became a runaway as Tyler Sigl, running in his debut ultra marathon, slowly increased his lead throughout the remainder of the race. He had an eleven-minute lead as he crossed the 41-mile point in 4:33:12 and continued to extend his advantage, finishing 17 minutes ahead of Brian Condon. Sigl’s finishing time of 5:38:49 shattered the course record of 5:47:44 posted by Ian Sharman in 2012. Brian Condon took second in 5:55:43 and Adam Condit finished in third with a time of 6:08:38.
GORE-TEX 50® Mile Winners (Condon, Sigl, and Condit) With Dean Karnazes
Photo by Paul Kelm Ultra Race Photos
Similar to the Men’s race, the Women’s race started out as a close competition. Holly Fearing passed through the Ice Age aid station at mile 11.5 in 1:43:23, followed closely by Wendy Lilly in 1:45:35. The eventual champion, Molly Culver, took a conservative start to the race as she passed the 11.5-mile point in 2:03:33. Culver began to slowly gain ground on her two rivals and eventually passed through mile 41 in 6:27:17, an impressive 18 minutes ahead of Wendy Lilly, 6:45:41, in second place. Ultimately, Molly Culver dominated the field in her ultra marathon debut, clocking a 7:51:12 finish, 29 minutes ahead of second place Wendy Lilly (8:20:03) who was followed by Holly Fearing in third (8:32:42).
The North Face Athlete Diane Van Deren On Course: Photo by Nate Baker
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This write-up was published in the December 2013 issue of UltraRunning Magazine.