Athlete: 2:16 Marathoner, Ultra-Trail-Mountain Runner…
As a 2-time Olympic trials qualifier, Sage has competed at a national class level. In 2007 he was the youngest participant in the Olympic marathon trials at the age of 21.
A native of Oregon, Sage ran for Newberg High School and placed 13th in the state cross country meet his senior year. Determined to run DI in college, Sage traveled across the country to run for LetsRun.com co-founder Robert Johnson at Cornell University. At Cornell Sage not only qualified for the 2008 US Olympic trials marathon (junior year) – he also won the Ivy League Conference title for 10,000m on the track and qualified as an individual for the 2007 NCAA Championships in cross country.
Sage ran as a Brooks-sponsored elite runner on the post-collegiate Hansons-Brooks Distance Project team from August of 2009 to February 2012. His running resume from their website can be found here. During his time at Hansons, Sage placed 17th overall at the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon (8th American in the race), and placed 5th in the 2011 Rock n’ Roll New Orleans Mardi Gras half marathon with a personal best time of 1:04:32. Sage also ran a personal best marathon time of 2:16:52 at the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon that year (2011).
At the start of 2012 Sage started ultra marathons and trail running. In his ultra debut had earned a 2nd place overall finish at the Chuckanut 50k in Bellingham, WA in March after missing a turn and running off course for 8 minutes. In June 2012, Sage won the Mt. Washington Road Race in 58:27…the fastest time ever by an American on the all uphill course. In July 2012 Sage won the White River 50 in 6:16 and bettered Anton Krupicka’s course record by over 9 minutes on the 50 mile course. In September 2012 Sage placed 12th at the World Mountain Running Championships in Italy and 5th at the Jungfrau Marathon World Long Distance Challenge…leading Team USA to a Bronze Medal team performance. Also in September of 2012 Sage placed 2nd to Max King in his debut at 100km at the Ultra Race of Champions in 8:13.
Going into 2013 Sage won the USATF 100KM ultra trail championships in course record time at the Bandera 100km (January 2013).
Sage looks to continue competing at a high level on the roads and trails at distances from the half marathon to 100k for the rest of the year with a focus on becoming one of the best ultra/trail/mountain runners in the world.
Sage’s Personal Bests and Career highlights:
1500m: 3:55 (2009)
Mile: 4:17 (2009)
3k: 8:22 (2009)
5K: 14:29 (2009)
8k: 23:48 (2008)
10k: 29:47 (2009)
10-miles: 49:01 (2011)
Half Marathon: 1:04:32 (2011)
Marathon: 2:16:52 (2011)
Course Record: White River 50 miler: 6:16 (2012)
American Record: Mt. Washington Hill Climb: 58:26 (2012)
2012 USA Mountain Running Champion
5th place overall at Jungfrau Marathon: world mountain long-course championships (2012)
2nd place at UROC (Ultra Race of Champions) 100k in Virginia running 8:12 (2012)
1st Place at Bandera 100km USATF National Trail Championships in Course Record time of 8:13 (2013)
1st place at Tarawera 100km in New Zealand (2013)
Course Record: Lake Sonoma 50 miler: 6:14 (2013)
3rd place in first Sky Running Race: Transvulcania in 7:09 (2013)