Reid finishes in 19th spot in biggest test of his amateur running exploits

Dave Kearsey
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DEER LAKE  Lorne Reid admits the course map didn’t do justice to the 100-kilometre test that awaited him, but he still battled his way to the finish line in the most gruelling race of his life.

Reid, a 39-year-old ultramarathon enthusiast in Deer Lake, nabbed 19th place out of 62 runners in the 2014 Zion 100 Trail Run Friday in southern Utah.

His final clocking was 13 hours, 27 minutes and 24 seconds. The winner, Karl Meltzer of Sandy, Utah, won the title with an impressive time of nine hours, nine minutes and 40 seconds.

Reid was accompanied by his wife, Angela, who helped him out at the various aid stations along the race route adjacent to Zion National Park. He was pleased with his final time despite his pre-race hope of reaching the finish line in 12 hours.

He wasn’t prepared for two really monstrous climbs, he said, one of them welcoming him under the cover of darkness as the race got underway at 6 a.m., followed by a second climb later in the afternoon.

“It was more challenging than the map tells you that’s for sure,” Reid said by phone from his hotel room in southern Utah Monday.

Both the 100-km and the 100-mile races were held simultaneously, so there was a big group for him to negotiate along the way.

Going up the first hill in the dark provided him with a sense of the journey ahead.

“We’re climbing up this big mountain and you’re looking down and there’s a snake of headlamps all the way back to the road,”  he said. “It was crazy to see it because, once you got to the mountain, it was a single track so only one person could get on the track at a time and you were only a step or two and you would go off the mesa.”

Reid managed to meet up with his coach, Jeff Hunter of British Columbia, who had one of this athletes, Reid Roberts, join him for the venture. The pair decided to tackle the race route together.

Reid had his share of struggles, including stomach distress 35 kilometres into the race. His choice of endurance fuel proved to be a hindrance as he began to get dry heaves around the 40-km mark.

He decided to ask Roberts to go ahead of him and give his wife and coach at the second aid station a heads up that Reid was going to need to change his fuel.

“Race nutrition is really an art,” he said.

He vomited for a short period of time after changing his fuel, but his strategy paid off as he pushed himself to continue.

“To be honest, time blurred, miles blurred coming across that finish line,” he recalled. “I finished extremely strong. Coming down off the hills the last five kilometres, I ran just as fast as some people would run a five-kilometre run in Corner Brook today.

“Those last five kilometres were my fastest five kilometres of the race and to finish like that I was super pleased. I picked off two runners in the last five kilometres.”

Everybody seems to be asking him “what’s next?” these days.

“I got to recover and I got some training to do this summer with the military so ... I won’t be racing,” he said. “I’m doing the Deer Lake 67 at the end of August and then I need to sit down with my wife and my coach to see what comes next.

“There’s nothing written in stone yet.”

Reid is the man responsible for creating the Deer Lake 67, an ultramarathon which he will be looking forward to again this year since the inaugural one went so well last year.

But he’s quick to point out that completing a 100-mile race is high on his bucket list.

“My coach says, with an extra six weeks of training before this one, I could have done the 100-miler here, but I think a bit more time would be good for me,” he said.

 

 

Geographic location: Deer Lake, Utah, Sandy Zion National Park Southern Utah Monday.Both British Columbia Corner Brook

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  • Barry Manuel
    April 08, 2014 - 17:08

    Great accomplishment Lorne. I will be there at the Deer Lake 67 to attempt my first ultra. Looking forward to it. See you there!