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Runners take off at the start of the half-marathon Saturday during the annual Jemez Mountain Trail Races.
Locals finish fast at Jemez Mountain races

Nearly 500 runners from 24 states and Washington, D.C., tested their endurance Saturday in the annual Jemez Mountain Trail Races.
Local runners, however, were at the top or near the top in all three races.
Los Alamos’ John Rees won the half-marathon while Erika Baron was the first female to finish the 50K.
The half-marathon was the shortest of the three Jemez Mountain Trail Races. The longest race was a 50-mile slog that started on North Mesa, went up the Mitchell Trail, passed Pajarito Mountain and then did a giant loop around the ski area before returning on Pipleine and Guaje Ridge back to North Mesa.
Nick Clark of Fort Collins, Colo., won the 50-mile race for a third time. Clark finished the 50-mile run in 8 hours, 27 minutes and 2 seconds, over 22 minutes faster than the second-place finisher, Chris Price of Pasadena, Calif.
There were 106 runners who completed the 50-mile race, including 11 from Los Alamos.
Mark Porter led the local contingent with a 17th-place finish (10:27:19).

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