|Mount Sentinel and University Mountain: The Pengelly Double Dip - Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer|
For Missoula trail runners, Mount Sentinel is where glory is won. Throughout the year, we log miles of vertical there. It's where we sweat and where we shiver. But only on rare occasion is it where we race. The Pengelly Double Dip, put on by Run Wild Missoula, is one of those races that gives us the chance to compete where we train. A rare home field advantage that nearly every athlete in the field enjoys.
|Mike Wolfe enroute to winning the 2014 Pengelly Double Dip - Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer|
|Kristina Pattison on her way to victory at the 2014 Double Dip - Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer|
|Jeremy Wolf at the 2014 race - Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer|
|Mark Handelman and Mike Wolfe - Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer|
|Seth Swanson did the "Supernova" or Double-Double-Dip as a last big training effort before 2014 Westerns States 100 - Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer|
|The Elephant. It's all downhill from here! - Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer|
|The Finish - Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer|
For more information about the Double Dip, including course maps and past results check out the race website. Click here for the Marshall Mountain Trail Festival--it's free for everyone and promises to be an amazing time. Finally, for a little bit information on the history of the event from a couple of years back check out this Missoulian article.
So, without further adieu, the race features yet another deep field. Here are some of the athletes to keep an eye out for as they fight for their place on the podium and, on a good day, the course records (Kelly Webster, 1:53:57, 2012 and Kiefer Hahn, 1:34:36, 2011). As always, if we missed anyone send us a message and we'll update it!
Nicole Hunt, Raven Hill... 2015 11 Miles to Paradise Champ, Multi-time Sentinel Hill Climb Champ, former USATF Mountain Runner of the Year, multi-time member of Team USA at World Mountain Running Championships.
Christi Nowak Richards, St. Paul, Minn... One of the top trail runners in the Midwest with numerous ultra wins, including the 2013 Cascade Crest 100
Rhea Black, Missoula.... 2005 & 2006 Double Dip Champ, 2nd in 2014
Emily Kipp, Missoula... 2nd at 2013 Double Dip, 3rd at 2015 Don't Fence Me In
Jessica Jakes, Missoula... 3rd at 2014 Double Dip
Jeremy Wolf, Missoula... 2012 Double Dip Champ, 4th in 2011, 2nd in 2014
Jimmy Grant, Missoula... 2013 Double Dip Champ, 2nd at 2015 11 Miles to Paradise
Jeff Rome, Missoula... 4th at 2015 Don't Fence Me In, 4th at 2015 11 Miles to Paradise, running the "Supernova."
Forrest Boughner, Missoula... Numerous trail wins, 1:10 half marathoner
Henry Reich, Missoula...2nd at 2015 Don't Fence Me In, 2nd at Missoula Mile.
Aaron Derry, Missoula... 3rd at 2013 Double Dip, 2nd in 2009. Several other DD top 5 finishes
Brendan Halpin, Missoula... former Sentinel Hill Climb champ.
Ethan Richards, St Paul, Minn... top finishes at numerous MN trail races.
Jesse Carnes, Missoula... 3rd at 2010 Double Dip, 2nd in 2011,
Mark Handelman, Missoula... 1st at 2013 Single Dip, 3rd at 2011 Double Dip, 3rd at 2014 Double Dip, 4th in 2012,
Jason Koop, Colorado Springs, CO... Podium finishes at a number of ultras.