With one final opportunity to secure a Golden Ticket to the Western States 100 in June, rabbitPROs Ashley Nordell and Eric Senseman will line up with rabbitELITE Adam Kimble and rabbit's community manager Jeffrey Stern on Saturday in Healdsburg at the Lake Sonoma 50.
After weeks of rain, cloudy skies are expected to part ways for 70+ degree temperatures and sun shiny conditions in Northern California for this highly competitive ultramarathon. Featuring a field stacked with professional ultrarunners on both the men's and women's side, pundits are expecting a fast course and an exciting finish for the final Golden Ticket race before States.
Ashley Nordell just won the overall at the challenging Three Days of Syllamo three weeks ago and also came in 7th at the 2017 edition of Lake Sonoma. One of the most experienced ultrarunners in the field, Ashley is primed to compete for the podium in Healdsburg.
Adam Kimble has already won three races this year as well as an impressive top ten at last month's Way Too Cool. He's already registered for Western States, so he's treating Lake Sonoma as a final race tuneup in preparation for June 23rd, but don't expect him to let off the gas. Adam has the fitness and wherewithal to break seven hours and crack the top ten on Saturday.
Flagstaff based Eric Senseman hopes to join the other Coconino Cowboys in Squaw Valley this June by pulling off a top-notch performance against a world-class field at Lake Sonoma. His training has bounced back after a bout of sickness before the Black Canyon 100k and we know he'll be in contention for a top finish despite the outstanding group of runners lining up.
rabbit's own community manager Jeffrey Stern had a tough day in cold conditions at Way Too Cool last month, but is looking forward to some heat on Saturday. Just a few weeks ago he placed second to WTC winner Max King at a 36k in San Luis Obispo and his training has him peaking for Sonoma, his first attempt at the 50-mile distance.