Mt. Taylor Winter Quadrathlon

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Mt. Taylor Winter Quadrathlon

Grants, New Mexico. Saturday, February 16.

13m road bike/5m run/2m cc ski/1m snowshoe, all done twice, the second time in reverse order down the mountain.

Start and finish elevation: 6,500 feet. Halfway elevation: 11,301 feet.

$3,5000 cash. ($1,000, $500, $250)

www.mttaylorquad.org

The 19th edition of The Mt. Taylor Winter Quadrathlon, a challenging four sport race, takes place on February 16 in Grants, New Mexico. Several top multisport athletes have won this race, including Michael Tobin, Danelle Ballengee, Andy Bruckner, and Kimberly Bruckner, and New Mexico governor Gary Johnson is a regular competitor at the event.

The race starts in Grants at an elevation of 6,500 feet, makes it way to the top of Mt. Taylor at over 11,000 feet, and then comes back down to Grants. Racers that remember to stop and take a brief look around from the top of Mt. Taylor are treated to an amazing view. Clouds sometimes hover near the top of the mountain, but clear blue skies are the norm in the town of Grants in February.

The Quad has increased in popularity over the years. In 1984, the year of the first race, only 74 contestants entered. In 2001, 531 contestants entered, coming from places as far away as New Jersey, Wyoming and Michigan. There were 233 soloists, 33 pairs and 58 teams. In 2001, the Quad started using electronic timing bracelets from Champion Chip. In 2001 over 300 volunteers helped with the race.

Previous Quadrathlon Champions

2001

Andrew Adamowski 3:48:25

Danelle Ballengee 4:02:56

2000

Michael Tobin 3:23:29

Danelle Ballengee 3:58:29

1999

Jack Swift 3:28:38

Kimberly Bruckner 3:55:52

1998

Andy Bruckner 3:33:22

Danelle Ballengee 4:02:47

1997

Dan Nielsen 3:38:21

Danelle Ballengee 3:58:29

1996

Dan Nielsen 3:31:36

Chantall Knapp 3:55:05

1995

Dan Nielsen 3:32:15

Danelle Ballengee 4:04:53

1994

Dan Nielsen 3:41:10

Kirstin Hanssen Ames 4:05:06

1993

John Ortega 3:34:58

Mary Downey 4:38:09

1992

John Ortega 3:40:39

Claudia Treadwell 4:22:30

1991

Matt Carpenter 3:35:39

Kirsten Hanssen Ames 4:01:44

1990

Shane Cleveland 3:46:34

Kari Miller 4:32:39

1989

Rick Crawford 3:50:26

Sara Ballantyne 4:20:13

1988

Lynn Lee 4:16:30

Lisa Muhich 4:19:23

1987

Alan Meyer 4:17:29

Lisa Muhich 5:11:27

1986

Robert Parks 4:27:21

Karen Koslow 5:31:12

1985

Bill Recinos 4:11:05

Karin Constant 5:47:00

1984

Bill Recinos

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Below: Pictures from the 1999 race

1 – The bike start

2 – Runners leave the bike to run transition

3 – New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, a 9 time finisher of the Quad

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