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CODY OLIVAS/Monitor
Runners fall in line on the Dot Grant trail before tackling some of the steeper pitches during the Jemez Mountain Trail Runs Saturday.
Locals stand out in annual Jemez runs

Runners from all over the country came to Los Alamos to challenge themselves in Saturday’s Jemez Mountain Trail Races.
The 50-mile, 50-kilometer and 15-mile runs had 508 finishers representing 20 different states and Washington, D.C.
The four corners and neighboring states Texas and Oklahoma were well represented, but runners also came from Illinois, California, Alaska, Montana, Virginia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Georgia, Florida, Oregon, Arkansas, Kansas and Michigan to compete on the local trails.
The 15-mile run was the most popular option. The majority of the 252 runners who finished were from New Mexico, including all of the top-25 finishers.
The 175 finishers in the 50-kilometer run and the 81 finishers in the 50-mile run, however, were pretty evenly split among local and out-of-state runners.
Despite some athletes traveling 2,000 miles or more for the races, Los Alamos proved it has some of the top mountain trail runners anywhere.
Erica Baron and Logan Ott led the Los Alamos contingent with first-place finishes.
Baron won the women’s division and finished third overall in the 15-mile race while Ott won the 50-kilometer race.
Baron’s winning time was 2 hours, 2 minutes and 56 seconds, which placed her above 249 other runners.

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