Myke Hermsmeyer: Moab Red Hot 55K Photo Essay

Tool of the trade - Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer
MTC Note: Whitefish photographer-extraordinaire Myke Hermsmeyer shared the following photo essay with us chronicling this year's Moab Red Hot 55K, which took place in Utah's Canyon Country in February. Montana runners might recognize some familiar faces as a number of Montana athletes and others with Montana ties made the trip. Here's what Myke has to say about his experience: 

While the trip was partially an excuse to escape Montana's winter and ride my mountain bike my main focus was to shoot the race and cheer on John Fitzgerald and Hannah Riedl. They both raced the competitive 55k distance, with John finishing 7th male and Hannah 12th female. It was nice to see some other Montanans down for the race (Mike Foote and Katie Rogotzke) as well as a couple Utah folks I'd only known through email (Kelly Agnew and Jen Richards).

I made the drive with Ed Hirsch (frequent road trip buddy and podcast connoisseur) who was roommates with John and I in college. The trip was a sort of return to our spring breaks with the UM Triathlon team biking around Zion/Saint George. There were the typical Type 2 Fun hangups: dodging elk in the Swan Range and almost sliding off the Cordingley family driveway, breaking my DSLR  mid race, 13-16 hour drives (with accidental detours), sketchy hostel roommates, and too many hours riding Moab trails on Missoula appropriate hardtails. Otherwise it was a great trip reconnecting with friends and getting to ride and shoot a beautiful desert course.

I was able to make the trip (on 24 hours notice) thanks to help from my employer Hammer Nutrition. I also focused on photos for Altice Optics/Opticus Inc. (a family members eyewear and prescription lens business). Ed took some great photos along the course, many of which are in this gallery (noted in the captions). Rumor has it one of his images will be prominently featured in April's Ultra Running Magazine... 

For more of Myke's photography from this and other events simply click on any image to link to his photography site or check out his personal personal photo blog. 



55k first climb.Even with rough terrain and a lot of elevation gain the lead pack ran the first 10k in around 34 minutes.
55k start. 33k racers. Follow pack. Hannah Reidl after the first climb (taken by Ed Hirsch) One of these things is not like the other. 55k 55k Follow pack approaching the 33k/55k split. Jen Richards Starting on the 55k loop. 33k female leaders

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