MTC Weekly News: 6/20/2015

From St. Regis to Slovenia, this weekend was all about the races for many Montana trail runners. Here are some of the highlights:

Representing the Big Sky at the Bighorn 100. Credit; John Fiore via Facebook
Bighorn Wild and Scenic (and hot) Endurance Runs
The Montanans who flocked to Wyoming for the Bighorn Endurance Runs this weekend were rewarded with camaraderie, wildflower-filled meadows, and the added bonus of race day temperatures just shy of the 100 degree mark. The timing of the one-day heat wave hit hard for many of us with the mercury reaching 98 degrees in the afternoon as runners made their way down the open road at the base of Tongue Canyon.

Competing in the 32 miler as part of my first Bighorn experience, I appreciated all the familiar faces on the course and at the post-race recover zone that seemed to be equal parts medical tent and music festival. The results show that 10 Montanans covered the 100 mile distance and many others recorded finishes in other events, including an all-Montana podium in the 32-miler. So as we’ve reported in the past, here are all the Montana 100 mile finishers and Montanans on the podium in the other distances:

100 Mile Finishers: Nikki Kimball, Bozeman (2nd Female); Steve Liechty, Victor; Jeff Rome, Missoula; Daniel Hunter, Bozeman; Steve Brown, Missoula; Katie Gibson, Missoula; John Fiore, Missoula; Allison Onstad, Missoula; Tim Griffiths, Three Forks; and Jeff Metsky, Whitefish.

Podium spots at other distances:
52 Miler: 2nd Overall: Curtis Adams, Helena;
32 Miler: 1st Overall: Dylan Zitzer, Dillon; 2nd Jimmy Grant, Missoula; 3rd Alan Adams, Missoula.
Full results here.
Montana 3-deep in the 32 miler after sharing some painful and not-so-painful miles together.
Wulfman’s CDT 14K
Between Pipestone Pass and Homestake Pass, the Butte Piss and Moan Runners held their signature event and familiar names took top honors. Among the Women, Nicole Hunt continued her winning ways. Nobody has won this race more times than Nicole and this year she provided another dominant performance, covering the point-to-point course in 1:06:06, over two minutes up on her nearest competitor, Emily Allison of Bozeman. Missoula’s Amy Friedman rounded out the podium. Among the men, former Montana Grizzly standout and course record holder Lynn Reynolds took top honors for the third time, making him the winningest man in Wulfman’s history. Perennial contender and 2015 champ Josh Panasuk of Billings finished second and 17 year old Daniel Gray of Bozeman took third. Full results and other information here.

Trail Rail Run
With three distances to choose from, this net downhill race on an old railbed through the Bitterroot Mountains turned out some solid performances. Quite a few out-of-state runners joined the locals for some fast times. Missoula’s Matt Lautzenheiser won the 50 miler in 7:47:08, while Darla Southern from West Richland, Washington, finished as the top female in 8:54:49. Click here for complete results in all distances (50 mile, 50K, 30K, 12K, and 50 mile relay).

Old Gabe:
Featuring a 25K and a 50K held entirely on Bridger Mountain singletrack, Old Gabe boasts an 11,000’ vertical gain, making it one of the most challenging 50K runs anywhere. Results aren’t up yet, but word has it that Missoula's Christi Richards broke the women's course record. Full results when available here

World Mountain Running Championships, Podbrdo, Slovenia:
Team USA finished 4th among women with Kristina Pattison taking 24th place. The men’s team finished 5th with Matt Shryock finishing 15th and Ted Farley coming in 37th. Click here for results and here for a race report.

River of No Return Endurance Runs
No podiums to report, but judging by the photo below Montana Trail Crew was well represented. Nice work Giddings family!
Morgan and Casey Giddings are all smiles after Morgan's first ultra. Credit: Morgan Giddings via Facebook
The Week Ahead:
Saturday is the Western States 100. As always, there are a few Montana connections worth keeping an eye out for. Former Black Eagle resident and Sentinel Hill Climb course record holder Jim Walmsley (check out out this old MTC interview with him here) should figure among the favorites in his 100 mile debut. Montana Native and UM Alum Ben Bucklin is running. He's thrown down some solid 100 mile finishes in recent years including 2nd at the 2015 San Diego 100 and 3rd at the 2014 Bighorn 100 so he should be competitive. Other Montanans entered are Missoula's JB Yonce and Tod Bachman, Helena's Debbie Gibson, Livingston's Kevin Davis, and Bozeman's Adam Behrendt, Carrie Gaffney, and Jesse Langner. Good luck runners!


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