Nearly 80 runners, more than double from its inaugural year, traversed Oquirrh Mountain trails on April 28 in the second annual Serengeti.
The 3.1-mile, 6.2-mile and half marathon (13.1 miles) events featured runners primarily from Tooele Valley and the Wasatch Front who endured the rocky, dirt trails above Erda, Stansbury Park and Pine Canyon.
“We even had one runner from Aurora, Colorado, and another from Ruppert, Idaho,” said organizer Jimmy Thomas of Tooele.
When the dust settled, Luke Roberts garnered first place in the half marathon in the time of 1:48.07, followed closely by Matt Ross of Murray.
Mason James of Grantsville broke the hour barrier and earned top honors in the 6.2-mile race in 59:25. Ross Mableson and Michael Evans finished second and third respectively in the 10-kilometer race.
Erda high schooler Xavier Jefferies grabbed first place honors in the 3.1-mile trail run, followed by Tooele runners Joe Risner and James Calderon.
“We were exceptionally pleased with the turnout for this year’s Serengeti trail race,” Thomas said. “Runners enjoyed perfect weather and running conditions Saturday.”
He noted that 30 runners, ranging from 8 years old to 62, participated in the popular 5K/3.1- mile event.
The challenging half-marathon course rolled along the Oquirrh Wave and featured an elevation gain of 1,560 feet.
Thomas is in the final stages of securing all necessary permits to stage the second race this season in Settlement Canyon, set for a Saturday in September.
Complete race results are found at https://ultrasignup.com/results_event.aspx?did=52424