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Film Fest Weekend is fast approaching and we're stoked to make this a year's event a memorable one. For those of you in Missoula, you've probably seen our posters appearing around town and may have seen the event in lights on the Wilma marquee. The excitement that's building is justified, as this weekend will be action packed. So help us spread the word about the event. It costs just $10 if you get your tickets early, so tell your friends and help us fill some seats! From those coming from out of town, there's plenty going on all weekend with First Friday events, RWM's Elk Ramble on Saturday morning, and the main event Saturday night. We expect this year to be the best ever for a number of reasons:
1. We're opening things up with Beargrass Bluegrass. Standout Missoula trail runner Henry Reich is playing the fiddle, so come down right away at 6:00 on Saturday to see these guys perform. They're talented and a lot of fun. For a taste of their music, check out this clip:
2. The restored Wilma is spectacular. No longer do you have to miss part of the show when getting concessions and with the state-of-the-art sound system you'll be rocking to Beargrass and the mountain running films.
3. Speaking of films, have you checked out this clip from one our main features Kiwi Tracks? MTC's Jeremy Wolf and best bud Jason Schlarb put together their greatest adventure film yet. Watch these two MSU Bobcats run all over New Zealand. Rumor has it they even go clubbing!
5. As always, we'll have giveaways from some great product sponsors so if you get lucky you might head home with a new pair of kicks!
At the races:
The film fest is keeping us busy, but we've also seen some great racing action over the past couple of weeks.
Sentinel Hill Climb: On October 25, defending champ and course record holder Jim Walmsley showed up all the way from Arizona to take another win. His time of 20:32 was a bit off his course record, but well ahead of his nearest chaser. Missoulian Henry Reich (fiddler in clip above) took second in 21:04 after throwing down a strong finishing kick to out-distance his training partner Jeff Rome who rounded out the podium in 21:08. Nicole Hunt regained her position as Queen of the Mountain, winning in 25:25. Missoula ultrarunning ace Christi Richards followed up in 26:55 and Emily Kipp, also of Missoula, rounded out the podium in 28:38. Check out our facebook page for a Myke Hermsmeyer photo gallery from the event.
Montana Cup: Held Saturday at the Seiben Ranch near Helena, this is as trail running-like as cross-country gets. For the men, MSU Bobcat redshirt Zachary Kughn used his collegiate track speed to take the win. Missoula's Henry Reich finished a close second and Tim Caramore, also of Missoula, took third and helped guarantee another team win for the Garden City. Missoula's women also took the win led by the championship performance of marathoner Trisha Drobeck. Keely West of Great Falls finished second and Nicole Hunt took third (first master). Other top trail runners also placed atop the master's ranks: Missoula's Greg Friedman took the win, while his wife Amy Friedman finished as second master. Amy's performance helped propel the Missoula women to the master's crown. The home team Helena men secured the master's championship with 4 runners placing among the top ten masters. Congrats to all racers.