Michael Emde wins Furnace Creek 508 in 27 hrs 29 mins


Does not break record of 27:15 even though the first half was way under record pace. The wind must have whipped up into 29 palms. The times so far are way under normal and it looks like everybody out there is going to break 40 with a ton of people under 30. During his finishing interview Emde talked about how he and Kevin McNulty hit the 200 mile mark at the base of Townes Pass in sub 8:30. That is moving. I am surprised the record did not fall, but Emde talked about stomach issues which must have slowed him down. Was surprised to see Michael Secrest blow out with asthma. I was not surprised to see McNulty blow out at 400 miles as he did the same thing 3 weeks ago at Hoodoo. He must need to tweak his fueling strategy as he has amazing speed but appears to not be able to close the deal in the last 100 miles.

Joel Sothern looks to be on pace to break the all time 50+ record of 30:33 and come in well under 30 hours. Pretty impressive. He just did the Hoodoo 500 3 weeks ago and came in 35+ hours and 4th place. Catherine Berge will destroy the 40+ female record and should break 30 hours which is pretty nuts. Its still not good enough for the female record of 28 and change, but pretty impressive.