Empire roundup: Lake Sonoma ultramarathon set for April 13


Many of the nation’s top ultramarathon runners will be competing in a star-studded international field at the sixth annual Lake Sonoma 50-Mile Endurance Run on April 13.

Top contenders include Max King of Bend, Ore.; Sage Canaday of Boulder, Colo.; Miguel Heras of Spain, and Canada’s Adam Campbell. Seven of the nation’s top 10 men will compete, making the race one of the most competitive in the country.

Defending champion Joelle Vaught of Boise, Idaho, heads the women’s field. Amy Sproston of Portland, Ore., the reigning world 100K champion, Devon Yanko of San Anselmo, and Meghan Arbogast of Corvallis, Ore., are also expected to contend.

Healdsburg runners Leigh Schmitt and Ted Neal will also compete, along with Jady Palko, Miguel Suarez and Mike Walker of Windsor.

The race, which circles the Warm Springs arm of Lake Sonoma, starts and finishes at the South Lake Trailhead on Skaggs Springs Road. The field of 300 runners will start at 6:30 a.m., with the winner expected to finish about 1:30 p.m. Runners are allowed 14 hours to complete the trail course, which includes more than 10,000 feet of climbing in addition to the 50 miles.

The race is a benefit for the Children of Vineyard Workers Scholarship Fund and is organized by Healdsburg couple John Medinger and Lisa Henson.


Fort Bragg Little League will dedicate its new field today and pay tribute to the league’s founder, Vern Piver.

Ceremonies at the new Vernon “Sonny” Piver Field will begin at 9 a.m. to be followed by the season-opening game at 11 a.m.

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