The 2016 Never Summer 100k
trail race began last Saturday morning in Gould, Colorado. It was 12 1/2
hours later before the first of 192 competitors that successfully completed
the race crossed the finish line.
That race winner was County 10 resident 30 year-old Gabe Joyes from Lander
with a course-record time of 12:29:21.
By the numbers, and by any measure, this is a grueling test of the limits
of human capability.
- 64.2 miles
- 11,582 feet peak elevation [gasp]
- 14,000 feet of vertical gain and 14,000 feet of vertical decent
Also, add the less objectively measured trail conditions (listed on race
registration site) to more fully appreciate the race difficulty: "Trail,
dirt road, rough trail, high alpine, rocks"
Joyes was joined by several other Wyoming runners that successfully posted
36th Josh Fuller (M), Jackson Wyoming 16:25:44
56th Janie Schneider (F), Cody Wyoming 17:40:10
81st Edwin Sheils (M), Saratoga, Wyoming 18:21:20
86th Adam Maiers (M), Casper Wyoming 18:34:13
134th James Clark (M), Cheyenne, Wyoming 20:53:04
190th Sandra Biller (F), Laramie Wyoming 23:29:48
Jeff Mogavero (Havertown, PA) resides in Lander during the Summer working
with NOLS posted the 3rd place time of 12:51:13 and was recognized as the
"Youngest Race Finisher".
Full Race results
*(Never Summer 100k race trail and marker)*
County 10 caught up with Joyes to visit with him about his exploits:
*Is it a mental challenge to keep yourself in the race and operating at
"It can be hard to mentally focus for that long on a race, so I try to
really by engaged with where I am. I try to figure out how the terrain got
its shape. I try to remember the names of different wild flowers."
*What is the recovery time on an event like this?*
"Typically it takes me a week, or maybe a little bit more to recover from a
race like this, however I have a shin injury that is all flared up again so
recovery time will likely be a bit longer this time. I took a nasty fall on
my shin in a boulder field while running down Roaring Fork Mountain about
two weeks before the race. I was able to just barely make it to the
starting line with the help of Courtney Hansen and the team at Fremont
*What lessons have you learned that you can you share with us from these
"The most important thing I've learned in ultra distance racing is
patience. Everything just takes a long time. Making gains in training
takes patience; returning from injuries takes patience; not going out too
fast in a race takes patience. Much like in life, nothing ever happens as
quickly as you'd like and patience almost always pays off in the end.
The other takeaway from events like this is that you never succeed on your
own. My wife, Jenny, drove around and hiked with our almost one-year old
and four-year old daughters all day meeting me at four different aid
stations to make sure I had water and food to keep running hard. I work
with a running coach, Ty Draney, based out of Afton, and with his help I
felt very prepared for the challenges of the race. Never underestimate the
power of positive energy and support from family, friends, coaches, and
*(Joyes, with daughter Ella post-race)*
*(Feature Pic: Race Winner Gabe Joyes)*