GREY SUMMIT, Mo. – Officially, spring began last week. For the 403 runners who participated in the 2019 The North Face Shaw Bloom Trail 10k/20k on Saturday, March 23, spring definitely arrived with absolutely pristine conditions for a trail run at the Shaw Nature Reserve just west of St. Louis.
Sam Aufmuth of Washington, Mo., blitzed the field in the 10k, opening up a wide lead within the first mile of the new course and expanding that lead to more than five full minutes, finishing in 39:38.9. He was followed to the finish line by Kyle Steele (Rolla, Mo. – 44:37.2) and Adam Wurr (St. Louis, Mo. – 44:59.3).
In the women’s 10k field, Karli Green of St. Louis took home the win with a final time of 50:23.8. Megan Berg (St. Charles, Mo. – 51:03.4) and Rachel Mlsna (Oconomowoc, Wis. – 52:27.1) rounded out the top three.
For the 20k field, Ryan Winter of St. Louis was the overall winner in a time of 1:29.35.3. Ankur Patel (St. Louis – 1:32:03.8) and Jason Buck (Imperial, Mo. – 1:33.29.2) finished out the top three.
On the women’s side in the 20k, Shanna Brinker of Washington, Mo., took home top honors in the race with a time of 1:44:08.4. Courtney Sweetin (Brentwood, Mo. – 1:46:24.8) and Juliah Grunloh (St. Louis – 1:49:56.9) took home second and third, respectively.
Full results are available below. For more information on the race, including the course, past results and the Shaw Nature Reserve, please visit the Off-Road Racing League site.
By Dan Singer Photography