Saturday Mar 13 2010 comments 14th Annual Way to Cool 50K By: Michael Kirby/Auburn Journal -A +A Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalMax King (L) and 2010 Way to Cool winner Leor Pantilat talk about the race after finishing. King finished second. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalMax King jumps the creek at the Auburn Lake Trails aid station. King finished second. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalGeoff Roes finished third in his first try at the Way to Cool 50K. The 2009 Ultrarunner of the Year will be back for the American River 50 and The Western States Endurance Run later this year. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalWay to Cool winner Leor Pantilat talks with race director Julie Fingar after finishing the 50K run. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalWoman's first place finisher Joelle Vaught crosses the creek near the Auburn Lake Trails aid station. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalGeoff Roes crosses the creek near the Auburn Lake Trails aid station on his way back to Cool. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalKirk Lindesmith (L) and Jackie Clark (R) make a creek crossing during Saturday's Way to Cool 50K. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalRunners led by Pari Uwe head into the Hwy. 49 aid station. Recent rains made the trail very unstable and slippery. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalJenny Capel, front and Luanne Park make their way down the muddy trail Saturday. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalBeverley Anderson-Abbs was the second woman finisher this year. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalFolsom's Erik Skaden, veteran ultrarunner, makes his way down a slick trail. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalAuburn's Michael Cook. Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalGeoff Roes Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalJean Pommier (12) checks his time as the 2010 Way to Cool 50k run got going Saturday in Cool. The popular race is considered the kickoff of the local ultrarunning season. Close to 575 runner stood at the start line for the chilly 8am start.