Mike Foote after a hard fought victory - Credit: @rainshadowrunning

At The Races: The lack of trail racing under the Big Sky this weekend doesn't mean Montana runners aren't getting after it. A bunch of Montanans made the trip west on I-90 to toe the line in the Evergreen State.

The Yakima Skyline Rim 50K put on by Rainshadow Running took place on Saturday. A lot of Rainshdow events are notoriously challenging, especially this one. (Check out this feature we did on them last year) 
Mike Foote defended Montana's hold on top honors there by taking the win, but Justin Yates' very stout course record stands for another year. Altogether a handful of Montana runners recorded top finishes:
1st. Mike Foote 5:14
6th: Justin Angle 5:42
10th: Casey Weinman 5:59
9th Female: Allison Onstad 7:46
14th: John Fiore 6:04
Congratulations to all of the finishers! Send us a race report if you feel like sharing your race experience. Sounds like it was a doozy.

Spokane River Run took place on Sunday and also featured a large Montana contingent. Mary Anderson from Missoula finished 3rd in the Women's 50K, while Spokane's Ben Bucklin (a Plentywood native and UM Alum) finished 2nd in the 50K for the 3rd year in a row. Missoula's Meg Brooker took the win in the 25K in what is reportedly her longest race ever. Meg's impressive result came as little surprise though, as most of us know her as a mid-distance track star and former Missoula half marathon champ. Congrats to these speedsters and everyone else who competed. Full results here.

4:30 PM Update: Thanks to a tip we learned that there wasn't a complete absence of Montana trail running action this weekend as the Bozeman Running Company put on its inaugural Expedition 12K Trail Race in Three Forks. The sold out event saw competitive fields among both the men and women with mere seconds separating the top finishers. On the men's side, Tim Whiton of Bozeman broke the tape in 57:00, just 11 seconds ahead of Carl Smith of Anchorage, AK.  Jesse Langner of Bozeman took the last spot on the podium 24 seconds behind Smith. Among the ladies, Nicole Hunt continued her string of top finishes by taking top honors in 1:03:09, just 8 seconds ahead of Corrine Malcolm, a 23 year-old Team USA biathlete. Annie Liotta of Bozeman finished third in 1:07:24. Full results are here.

Mountain Monday on Marathon Monday: Our group run is on again this week and it happens to coincide with the 119th Boston Marathon. Lucky for us our run starts 4 hours after Boston so come ready to chat about road marathoning as we ascend the mountain. There was a little bit of fresh snow lingering last week, but it should be clear today with sunny skies and 50 degrees. Meet at the Caras Park Trout at noon. For those of you lucky enough to be in Boston, best of luck to you.

Double Dip Update: The Pengelly Double Dip is now full and a quick look at the entrant list suggests that this should be another fast one. We might just have to do a full preview come race week.

Lake Sonoma 50 Photo Gallery: Head over to our Facebook page to see Myke Hermsmeyer's photo gallery featuring Montana runners at the Lake Sonoma 50. 

Don't Fence Me In Weekend: The Don't Fence Me In Trail Run put on by the Prickly Pear Land Trust (check out last year's preview here) is taking place May 9th. As part of the La Sportiva Cup it guarantees tough competition. But this year the Helena running community is taking things up a notch by partnering with Primitive Mechanix to host the Trails in Motion Film Festival. The international film tour likely features more runners and film producers from Montana than any other place--Around Patagonia with Missoula's Jeremy Wolf and and fellow MSU alum Jason Schlarb, Finding Traction with Nikki Kimball, and Before He Wakes,filmed and produced by Steven Gnam of Whitefish. Jeremy will be on hand to introduce his film and share what's on the horizon for the Schlarb-Wolf bromance. Tickets are limited and available on Ultrasignup, Don't Fence Me In registration is here. Check back with MTC on race week for a full preview of athletes competing this year.
2014 DFMI: Justin Ricks (119) leads Jim Walmsley (143), Jimmy Grant (55) and Bret Ferrier (41) in the first mile of the race. - Credit: Tad Davis via Trail Runner Magazine


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