First-timer leads locals to the finish

Several foothills-area runners follow Teasley across WS finish line
By: Todd Mordhorst, Gold Country News Service
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Carson Teasley used to think of running as a, "nerdy" sport. After moving from Roseville to Foresthill three years ago, his outlook changed. He ran his first ultramarathon in 2005, finished the Tahoe Rim Trail 100-miler last summer and was the top local across the finish line early June 24 at the Western States Endurance Run. The 27-year-old Sacramento State accounting student finished the 100-mile trek from Squaw Valley to Auburn in 21 hours, 46 minutes. "I've discovered I really enjoy running a lot," Teasley said. "I want to be able to run as many (Western States) as I can. I feel like I want to do it for a long time... I decided running 100 miles wasn't so nerdy." Teasley placed 36th overall, taking advantage of his local knowledge - he and his wife Sarah live right along the trail at mile 61 - to make up a lot of time along the California Street section. He had never experienced the 30-mile section before Robinson Flat, thoroughly enjoying the scenery early in the race. The canyons before Michigan Bluff took their toll and the Rucky Chucky river crossing gave him the chills, but he survived to turn in a tremendous rookie effort. "My only expectation was to beat 23 1/2 hours, my time at the Tahoe Rim Trail run," he said. "I mostly just wanted to have fun." Now that it's in his blood, Teasley said he plans on stepping up his training over the next year and he's hoping to land a spot in next year's WS 100 via the lottery. He'll sandwich in training runs between his classes at Sacramento State, coaching the new cross country team at Foresthill High and working as a part-time custodian at the school. "If I get into next year's race, I want to shoot for 19 hours," he said. "I think within a couple of years I'm hoping to hit my peak. I was looking at the times for the top guys and they only run about 9-minute miles, and I thought, 'That's pretty slow.' But it's a lot harder than it looks." Dan Moores was one of the first ultrarunners Teasley met when he began running. Moores wound up 48 minute behind Teasley on the trail last Sunday, finishing 52nd overall. Cool's Erik Dube had a strong performance as well, finishing in 22:42 to place 55th. Dube and his wife Tera Dube, who dropped out of the race after 93 miles, are moving to San Luis Obispo this weekend, meaning their days with easy access to the WS Trail are done. But the former El Dorado High cross country coach plans to return to the foothills' trails often. "We're really going to miss this area," said Dube, who claimed his fourth silver buckle last Sunday. "My wife and I are already talking about how we can do better next year." The Dubes will be managing Running Warehouse in SLO as Erik is stepping away from the classroom, at least temporarily. It was an emotional week for the family as Dube reflected on a race in which he set a personal record, but saw his wife struggle late in the race. "It's been an up and down week," he said. "I was sad she had to drop out, but it's also fun looking back and enjoying the results after preparing for six months." Auburn chiropractor Matt Lambert ran an outstanding race to finish in 23:21 while Matt Keyes of Auburn broke into the top 100 and earned his first belt buckle with a 23:50 finish. "It was my goal to break 24 hours," Keyes said. "In the high country I was holding back big time. I rolled into Robinson Flat about an hour behind the projected pace and that was my plan. From there, I was just trying to rein in each section, gain a little bit at time. I didn't believe I had it in the bag until Robie Point." Keyes played soccer at Placer High before graduating in 1992. A network consultant and, "pro dad," Keyes took up ultrarunning in 2003 and he's hooked. "I love being outside, in the canyon," he said. "I think I'll be running as long as my body will allow."