Sage Canaday placed 15th in 6:03:47
Max King rallied all the way to 11th before 70km, but apparently moved too early and placed 50th in 6:33:48.
Sage almost matched Michael Wardian's 2012 time of 6:03:42, but a great reminder of how well Salazar's 5:38:39 was in winning in 1994. Salazar was an absolute mental beast of an athlete to push himself that hard when a guy like Sage is half an hour behind with a time that would be competitive for the win today in 2015.
Can't wait to hear what the guys thought of the race.
Damnit!!! Sage - my ex athlete - didn't win? I told him to "take the freaking Prozac. Take the Prozac." I guess he didn't listen.
On a serious note, let me address your "Salazar was an absolute mental beast of an athlete to push himself that hard when a guy like Sage is half an hour behind with a time that would be competitive for the win today in 2015" comment.
I don't doubt that Salazar was mentally tough, but so is Sage, and all of these guys. Mental toughness didn't allow Salazar to win Comrades. Talent did.
Salazar was a freaking former Boston and New York champ winning a freaking ultra.
Salazar's pb for 5000 is 13:11.93.
Sage's pb for 5000 is 14:34.69.
Salazar's is 29.8 seconds per mile better than Sage.
Salazar's pb for 10,000 is 27:25.61 .
Sage's pb for 10,000 is 29:47.39.
Salazar's is 22.8 seconds per mile better than Sage.
Salazar's pb for the marathon is 2:08:51.
Sage's pb for the marathon is 2:16:52.
Salazar's pb is 18.3 seconds per mile better than Sage.
At Comrades, Alberto ran 5:38:39 for an unknown distance.
At Comrades today, Sage ran 6:03.47. for 87.72 km. It's hard to cmopare average page as I don't know how far the course was in 1994. This year's course was the longest in 40 years and 877km longer than 2 years ago.
If Alberto ran 877m less than Sage, then Alberto's average time was 23.9 seconds per mile faster than Sage's. If he ran the same distance as sage, then he ran 27.6 seconds per mile faster than Sage.
And that's in a race where Alberto is going great and winning. I"m assuming once you realize you aren't winning, you aren't going to maximize your time.
So Alberto was nearly 30 seconds per mile faster than Sage at 5k but possibly only 23.9 seconds per mile faster than him in the ultra. I don't think mental toughness had anything to do with Salazar winning and Sage coming in 15th.
It's a miracle and a total testatment to Sage's toughness that we're even talking about Sage winning Comrades or in the same breadth as one of the sport's legends - Alberto Salazar. Sage was the third most talented guy in the 10k on my non-scholarship Ivy League team during his senior year.
Sage = MENTALLY TOUGH AS HELL
Sage has run a marathon in 2:16 and his 5k pb is just 14:34. So his marathon pb is just 25.6 seconds per mile slower than his 5k pb. Salazar''s marathon pb is 30 seconds per mile slower than his 5k pb.
Based of your logic and off of their 5 pbs, if Salazar had the mental toughness of Sage his marathon pb would be 1:55 faster or 2:06:56