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Catlow Shipek shows the running form that earned him a first place finish in the Zane Grey 50-mile race.

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Heat takes toll on 50-mile runners

A 33-year-old Tucson man with years of long distance running experience, overcame the elements, including unusually high temperatures, to win the 23rd Annual Zane Grey Highline Trail 50-Mile Endurance Run. Catlow Shipek finished the run in 8 hours, 32 minutes — a time that didn’t threaten the course record of 7 hours, 51 minutes. The race began at 5 a.m. April 21 at the Pine Trailhead and ended many hours and miles later when runners crossed the finish line at the 260 Trailhead east of Christopher Creek. Of the 126 runners who entered, only 84 finished; the last crossing the finish line at 9:27 p.m. — 16 hours and 27 minutes after the race began.

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