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Pair of locals win half-marathon

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Running > Trail Runs attract more than 400 competitors

A pair of local runners took the top honors at this year’s Jemez Mountain Trail Runs half-marathon event last weekend. Ryan McNiff and Erica Baron, both of Los Alamos, won this year’s half-marathon at the trail runs, an annual event that regularly attracts hundreds of runners to the area. This year, more than 400 participants took part. There are three distances for the event, a 50-mile race, a 50-kilometer race and the half-marathon. Baron won her second consecutive half-marathon and her third in four years Saturday, earning a time of 1 hour, 47 minutes, 18 seconds, easily outdistancing Albuquerque’s Melia Macias by more than 20 minutes. Baron owns three of the fastest seven times ever recorded at the JMTR in the women’s half-marathon, including the record time she set in 2011. Overall, she finished fourth among all 228 half-marathon competitors. In the men’s half-marathon, McNiff held off another Los Alamos runner, Bradley Skidmore, to earn his second straight JMTR victory. McNiff posted a time of 1:47:18, which was nearly 3 minutes ahead of Skidmore to win. In the men’s 50-mile race, Anton Krupicka of Boulder, Colo., took this year’s title. Krupicka finished the long race in a time of 8 hours, 7 minutes, 7 seconds, which was the fastest time ever in the event, topping Nick Clark’s time in 2011 by 38 seconds. Diana Finkel of South Fork, Colo., was the women’s top finisher in that race with her time of 10:32:53. She was one of only two women to complete the 50-miler. The only local competitor in the 50-mile race was David Coblentz, who clocked an 11:10:03. In the 50K race, Michael Barlow of Aspen, Colo., won the men’s race handily in a time of 4:57:41. Barlow was nearly 15 minutes ahead of the next-closest finisher. The women’s 50K winner was Serena Eley of Albuquerque, who had a 19-minute margin of victory.