|Helena High's Aidan Reed - Credit: @aidanrunn11 via instagram|
US Mountain Running Championships-Bend, Oregon: Several Montanans toed the line against some of the very best in our sport.
In the Women's race, Anaconda's Nicole Hunt finished 12th and Bozeman's Corrine Malcolm took 18th
In the men's race, Montana native and current Alaskan Matt Shryock finished 17th and Helena High School speedster Aidan Reed got his first real taste of mountain racing and performed spectacularly by taking the top spot in the junior division.
Speedgoat 50K, Snowbird, Utah: Bozeman's Becky Wheeler finished 5th among women at this rugged mountain race. Polson's Jason Delaney finished 22nd overall. Other Montana finishers included Loren Davis, James Pyke, Andrew Mayer, Justin Klebe, Josh Gimpelson, Brianna Baker, Anne Hobbs, Annie Ley,
RATBOB-III: Congrats to all the participants who crossed "The Bob" on Saturday. If you're a longtime MTC follower you may have caught our two posts recapping the first two iterations of this epic group run. The concept is simple: enlist a group of selfless volunteers to shuttle a bunch of runners to one side of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Camp out there and hit the trail the next morning on a no-turning-back adventure across 50-plus miles of some of the wildest country around before reaching the other side. All are welcome and, thus far, all have survived. Each year this group takes a new route, so with any luck one of these hearty adventurers will fill MTC readers in with a story on what this year's wilderness experience meant to them. According to Vo Von Sehlen, remarking on this year's crossing: "It was everything one would think a true Wilderness is, and more!" For now you can whet your RATBOB appetite with these classics: RATBOB 2013 and RATBOB 2014
Western Montana Trails: Amelia Hagen-Dillon is a trail runner and map maker and we're thrilled to have her share some insight gained from living and working in the wilderness. She's field checked maps in Western Montana's iconic mountain ranges, so she knows a good trail running route when she sees one. Take a look at this article and discover a new-to-you route for your next trail running adventure. Thanks Amelia!
Misc.: Still plenty of events left this summer to give you your trail racing fix. A great new event takes place August 8th with the inaugural Snowbowl 15K-- a short race with plenty of views, good people, and cold refreshments. Registration is open: http://www.runnersedgemt.com/events/snowbowl-15k/