Michael Versteeg wins the inaugural Cocodona 250 ultra
Arizona native Michael Versteeg was the first to cross the finish line at the epic Cocodona 250. Versteeg crossed the finish line Thursday morning after 72 hours. Maggie Guterl is the first place woman crossing the finish line at Heritage Square in Flagstaff, Arizona in 85:32.
Versteeg a.k.a. Whiskey Man led the race from the start and crossed the finish line almost 4.5 hours ahead of Peter Mortimer in second place.
Guterl was seventh overall, of 18 finishers in the gruelling 250-mile race.
“The nights were good and the days were terrible because it was so hot,” Guterl said after the race.
“That was the hardest 100K I’ve run, ever,” she added, describing how the race got underway.
The second female finisher was Dawn Greenwaltt in 90:16.
This is the inaugural running of the Cocodona 250, which is described as a “point to point 250ish mile foot race will link together the towns of Black Canyon City, Crown King, Prescott, Jerome, Clarkdale, Sedona and Flagstaff in what can only be described as a life changing test of endurance.”
The race is organized by Aravaipa Running, which is a premier trail and endurance running event promotion company that hosts more than 40 events per year. Jamil Coury, Aravaipa CEO and creator of the event, finished in a time of 93:03, good enough for 13th.
Guterl, whose last big win was at Big’s Backyard Ultra in 2019, was paced on the course by fellow ultra legend Courtney Dauwalter.
“About to join @maggatronruns for the last 21 miles of her race - she’s crushing! Send all the energy and jokes!” Dauwalter wrote, in an Instagram post.
The two competed together at the Barkley Marathons last month where there were no finishers.
The entire event was live streamed on YouTube and drew over a thousand viewers, which is pretty great for a broadcast of this nature.