The 2014 Crown King Scramble 50K is now in the books. Runners tackled the 31 mile course that starts on the shores of Lake Pleasant and finishes in the cool pines in the town of Crown King. The Petty Thieves band greeted runners at the finish line at the new outdoor Crown King Event Center. This year it was 10-15 degrees cooler than last year’s race which made for a much more enjoyable race for many (although there is not way to avoid the climbing!).
Gabe McGowan who ran his first ultra on Saturday finished first overall in a speedy time of 4:13:29 followed by the more experienced Dennis Pollow Jr. in 4:19:17. Dave James after sprinting the fist few miles of the race rounded out the men’s podium with a time of 4:33:49 for his first Crown King Scramble finish.
In the women’s race, it was all Kristina Pham who now has won two years in a row. She corrected some mistakes made last year and improved by over 40 minutes to win in 4:58:39 and 5th overall. Second female went to Laura Seeney in 5:42:50 and third was Elizabeth Rich in 5:56:17.
Runners enjoyed a “Mexican Fiesta” lunch at the finish line as well as beer and live music. The party continued into the evening with The Petty Thieves moving over to the Crown King Saloon for an evening set. There were a total of 133 finishers this year. Thanks to everyone who ran with us this year and we hope you’ll join us next year!
We have to thank the Maricopa County Emergency Communications Group for providing communications on course, Phoenix Rescue for providing medical, the Crown King Event Center, The Petty Thieves band, Crown King Saloon, The Mill restaurant for the lunch, our aid station captains and volunteers (Kirk McCarville – Mile 8, Gotta Run Running Club – Miles 15, 19 & 23, Linda Van Tilborg – Mile 27) and everyone else who made this year’s event possible. See you next year!