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Reed Runners Vanquish Ultramarathon

By Chris Lydgate ’90 on April 10, 2014 03:04 PM

Reed College student John Young Ultramarathon running

History major John Young '15 and bookstore manager Ueli Stadler glow triumphant after running an awe-inspiring 50 miles in the American River Ultra-marathon

Fifty miles.

Two runners.

A single goal.

Two Reed runners accomplished an incredible feat of endurance last weekend, running 50 miles in the American River Ultramarathon.

History major John Young ’15 crossed the finish line in 8:54:52, coming in 114th in a field of 823. John, who hails from The Dalles, Oregon, was the youngest runner to complete the race.

John ran hot on the heels of Reed bookstore manager Ueli Stadler, who posted a time of 8:48:51, coming in 102nd in the field.

“Ueli beat me by six minutes (pure vanity led me to think that I might compete with Odysseus),” John wrote after the race. “He put the hammer down somewhere around mile 44. When I put my foot on the gas, nothing happened. I have a lot of experience with that particular phenomenon: my family drives a Geo Metro.”

John and Ueli are both regular members of the Reed Runners, a ragtag group of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, who can be seen plying trails and paths throughout southeast Portland.

The last couple of years have witnessed a surge of interest in running at Reed. Record numbers of Reedies have turned out for the Hood-To-Coast Relay and the Portland Marathon. Reed holds a 5K Odyssey Run in September and there are unconfirmed rumors about a moonlight running group.

As far as we're concerned, the idea of running 50 miles (roughly the distance from the Reed canyon to the Reed ski cabin) provokes one overriding emotion.

Awe.