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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 3:20 pm

Local runners complete Georgia Death Race

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

Homestead graduate Avery Collins, now of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, won the Georgia Death Race on Saturday to win a "Golden Ticket" for an automatic entry to this summer's Western States Endurance Run 100-miler.

Collins completed the 74-mile course in 11 hours, 58 minutes.

Collins joins Northeast Indiana area runners Suzi Swinehart of Fort Wayne and Randy Troyer of Lagrange for what many believe to be the Boston Marathon of ultra running.

Swinehart and Troyer earned their entries into Western States via the race's lottery system.

Troyer (19:36) along with Erin Brady of Fort Wayne and Barry Adams of Leo (both finished at 19:53) also ran GDR, known for its 40,000 feet of elevation change across a 74-mile point-to-point course in northern Georgia.

Western States is scheduled for June 24-25 and goes between Squaw Valley and Auburn in northern California.