Saturday Mar 14 2009 comments Way to Cool 50K By: Photos by Michael Kirby/Auburn Journal -A +A Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalCaitlin Smith leaves the Auburn Lake Trails aid station. Smith finished the run in 4:12:21 Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalA busy Auburn Lake Trails aid station,the ALT aid station has runners coming and going on the course and passing each other going in opposite directions. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalRunner desend steep trails during the Way to Cool run Saturday. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalSecond place finisher Dan Olmstead on the trail. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalBeverley Anderson-Abbs leads a small group of runners early on in the race. Abbs went on to finish second in the womens division. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalWay to Cool runners on the trail. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalBeverley Anderson-Abbs (front) and Caitlin Smith leave the Auburn Lake Trails aid station heading back to Cool with just over eight miles to the finish. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalOverall womens winner Caitlin Smith relaxes with runner Eric Skaden, of Folsom after the finish of the Way to Cool run Saturday. Skaden finished second in the last Western States 100 Run in 2007. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalTop three mens winners with race director Julie Fingar. L-R Leor Pantilat, Fingar, Benjamin Berkowitz, and Dan Olmstead. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalRace director Julie Fingar signals for runners coming into the Auburn Lake Trails aid station. Fingar took over the Way to Cool race from longtime race director Greg Soderlund this year. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalLeor Pantilat wins the 2009 Way to Cool. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalEventual overall winner Leor Pantilat desends toward the Highway 49 aid station almost seven miles into the race. Pantilat is leading eventual second place finisher Dan Olmstead. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalWinner Leor Pantilat with race director Julie Fingar at the finish line. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalThe Way to Cool 50K ultra running event got underway on time at 8:00am Saturday morning behind the fire station in Cool. The 20th annual event had 550 participants take off in the brisk morning air. Overall winner Leor Pantilat covered the 31 mile course in 3:39:51.