High performance outdoor footwear manufacturer, Vasque, is pleased to announce the 2009 Vasque Trail Team has captured extraordinary race wins and set course records only a month into the official start of the team's season. First place finishes were posted by athletes Krissy Moehl, Duncan Callahan, and Dan Dehlin at a variety of demanding races which include the Moab 100, Leona Divide 50 miler, Free State 100k, and the Spring Desert Ultra 25 miler. An impromptu celebration occurred earlier this week at Vasque headquarters as the athletes gathered to participate in an intense product summit and strategy meeting.
Moehl, a highly recognized member of the trail running community, earned the 1st place female standing and 3rd overall at the Leona Divide 50 mile race on April 18th. Moehl's impressive time of 7:25:37 set a new course record at the popular event that spans over 30 miles of the beautiful Pacific Coast Trail. â€œLeona Divide was a great test of this year's training,â€ said Moehl, â€œthere are many more miles and hours to log before the next one, and I look forward to them.â€ The next race slated to test Moehl's strength is the Pocatello 50 miler.
Callahan, a talented ultra runner from Gunnison, Colorado, earned top finishes at the well-known Moab 100 and the Spring Desert Ultra 25 miler. Duncan said of his 18:51 victory at Moab, â€œit was an incredibly grueling early season race, but I [left] Utah completely charged and inspired for the season.â€ Duncan went on to win the Spring Desert Ultra 25 miler in Fruita, Colorado with a time of 3:10:55 on a rugged terrain and elevation gain over 4200'.
Dehlin, ultra runner from Michigan's Upper Peninsula, clinched the first place finish and set the new course record at the Free State 100k last weekend in Lawrence, Kansas. â€œThis was my first ultra of the season and a huge confidence builder for the Leadville 100,â€ noted Dehlin. Dehlin fortunately cleared the course before unexpected severe weather conditions including harsh rains, flooding, hail, and the threat of tornados forced several runners to be pulled from the trail. Race director, Ben Holmes, created a new category for results â€“ DDT â€“ â€œDropped Due to Tornado.â€
For more information about the 2009 Vasque Trail Team; Krissy Moehl, Duncan Callahan, Dan Dehlin, Bryan Dayton, Shiloh Mielke, and Debbie Livingston and their upcoming race schedules, please visit www.darbycommunications.com.
The Vasque Trail Running team is an essential component to the 2009 Vasque PROJECT, a nationwide effort to foster competition, community, and environmental stewardship through Vasque's sponsorship of trail running events throughout the US and Canada. Visit www.vasque.com for more information.