Ryan Runs 200 and a 70.3 Champ is Crowned
The Tahoe 200 is the first 200 mile single loop race in the US. Athletes have 100 hours, yes, a little over 4 days, to complete the course, covering 205 miles (because 200 just wasn’t enough?), 176 of which are on single track trail. As I write this, the majority of the competitors are still out on course attempting to complete the distance before the cut off!
Ryan Montgomery of the the Suunto Multisport Team was the only one brave/crazy enough to attempt this (or any other) 200 this year. If you’ve followed the team news you will know that Ryan has had amazing results at ultra distance events in 2019. His preparation was strong and he was as mentally ready as one can be before tackling their first 200 mile event.
Fittingly, the race started on Friday the 13th with all 250 competitors leaving the town of Homewood, CA. Ryan quickly made his way to the front of the race and found himself leading the entire field very early on. 25 miles ticked by, 50 miles, 75 miles, after 100 miles had gone by, Ryan was still in the lead with roughly an hour and a half gap back to second place. Hour plus gaps may seem like a lot but this distance rewards experience and sitting second place was veteran ultra racer Mike McKnight. A past Triple Crown winner (completing all three US 200+ mile events just weeks apart - Bigfoot, Tahoe, and Moab 200), Mike was the clear favorite going into Tahoe.
Ryan continued to push on as the gap back to second place gradually closed. After spending roughly 150 miles at the front of the race, the pass for first was finally made by McKnight. Ryan held on strong to finish the 205 miles in 2nd place with a moving time of two days, 6 hours, and 24 minutes (54.5 hours).
Some words from Ryan himself:
“The Tahoe 200 was not a race—it was an adventure, a new experience for my body and mind. And boy, it was QUITE the adventure! From running into a black bear, to jumping over hundreds of tarantulas at night, to running a 15,000-calorie deficit, to sleeping 5 minutes while my crew chief rolled out my leg muscles simultaneously, the Tahoe 200 did NOT lack new experiences for me—I embraced and learned from them.
I’m really happy with my 2nd place finish, but I’m mostly proud of my A+ crew for my amazing performance—pacing duties, driving tirelessly, endless logistics and planning, staying up late, and more. It takes an army! As I reflect in my 205-mile journey this past weekend, I realize I’m exactly in the sport that matches my desire for adventure. I approach my athletic career by seeking opportunities to put my body and mind through experiences that few people can even imagine to experience; it makes my ultra-running experiences... special. And it’s these experiences that slowly break me down over time but simultaneously build me—it is the beautiful currency exchange of ultra-running.”
We couldn’t be more proud and in awe of Ryan’s accomplishment. The big question now is what will he do next?!
While Ryan ran, Kinsey Laine biked and ran her way to her first professional Ironman 70.3 victory! Ironman 70.3 Xian held in Xian, China took place on a rainy weekend forcing the swim to be canceled due to poor water conditions. Kinsey, who is a strong swimmer, wasn’t phased and still put up the fastest bike and run splits of the women to secure her victory by over 10 minutes!
This win comes after several outstanding performances in 2019, including a 2nd place finish at 70.3 Lima and a solid result at the 70.3 World Championships in Nice, France only a week ago.