Professor First In Age Group In 50K Race
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. January 4, 2011 -- Dr. Rick Aster placed first in his age division and 7th overall of 57 finishers in the 50 kilometer Rodeo Beach Trail Ultramarathon in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area near
Aster covered 31 miles of trail near the
|Dr. Rick Aster running up Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon.
The race took place in rainy and misty conditions that Aster reported as perfect for running a long race, with only one section of bad mud. The run had a vertical elevation gain and loss of about 6,000 feet.
Aster is a professor of geophysics and the chairman of the Earth and Environmental Science Department at New Mexico Tech. He is also the president of the Seismological Society of America. He was in
In October 2010, Aster was the first person to complete the 'M' Mountain Run, finishing in about 48 minutes. Aster said he “really felt the difference in elevation running near sea level after training in Socorro and the
Aster and his wife, Jan Tarr, are avid runners of trails and road races around
For the past several years, Aster has made close to a dozen field trips to
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By Dave Wheelock/Tech Club Sport Director