The Run

November 3, 2009 4:00 PM

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Games09_RunStart.jpgThe run event challenged both physical and mental conditioning. The 7km course took them up steep terrain, through poison-oak-covered foothills and back down on the road to finish the race.

Some favored athletes in the competition were humbled by the event. Jason Khalipa was thought to be out of the competition when he collapsed to the ground entering the flatland portion that marked the start of the final mile.

Run Start video ... [wmv] [mov]

The most treacherous part of the run was the backside portion. The grade was so significant that the athletes took to crawling on all fours. Many went crashing down the initial slope. For sure, there was not a lot of running happening on the way up.

Backside of the Run video ... [wmv] [mov]

Chris Spealer and Mikko Salo finished the event in first and second position, just seconds apart. Russell Berger came in third with a time of 38:07, slightly under a minute behind the leaders.

Some competitors were impressively proficient on the first two events, which tested a broad spectrum of physical capabilities. JC Nessa and Peter Egyed placed in the top 15 runners out of 74 male competitors, and managed to lift all 20 bars in the deadlift event. Mikko Salo came in second in the run and deadlifted all the way to the final bar. Khalipa rallied to finish the run in time and made up some ground by finishing the deadlift event.

"It's the most primitive mode of fitness," said Jeremy Thiel one day before the event. "Run and pick up heavy stuff. Perfect."

Run Finish video ... [wmv] [mov]

6 comments on this entry.

1. Whitney wrote...

November 3, 2009 7:10 PM

Awesome stuff. I love seeing clips from the games.
Where is the coverage on the girls though??!! They did all those same events too AND rocked them!!!

2. Lindsey Smith wrote...

November 3, 2009 8:23 PM

JT, well put. Love it!

3. cam birtwell wrote...

November 3, 2009 11:28 PM

Good point Whitney...

Please don't make the same mistake as with Every Second Counts (hugely disappointing in this regard) let's get the girls some coverage

4. ollie wrote...

November 4, 2009 6:48 AM

Couldn't agree more about the women. Sarah Dunsmore did very well on that run.

5. Jesse Ward wrote...

November 4, 2009 7:13 AM

Thiel is awesome. "Run and pick up heavy stuff." That's awesome.

6. CL wrote...

November 5, 2009 9:19 AM

Rob Orlando, you have a beautiful smile!!

I love the last minute or so...the guy laying on the ground dying, and the gal just steps over him like he's not even there. Just another Crossfitter gasping on the ground!