|Kevin Twidwell and medical director Margaret Menendez – Votography Images|
This month meet Kevin Twidwell, former Pengelly volunteer race director for 4 years. Kevin along with other Run Wild Missoula (RWM) volunteers and current Race Director Jamie Swartz have transformed Pengelly Double Dip into one of the most competitive and popular trail races in Montana.Can you reveal a bit about yourself and the role you held during your four years as Pengelly race director?
I was part of the Missoula Youth Homes Committee that inherited an earlier version of the Pengelly races from the Five Valleys Land Trust. The committee changed the course to make it more “epic” by adding the haul up to the University beacon, and that has become the hallmark and most-touted portion of the Double Dip. It is really tough but that’s what makes the race so fun. For years, some nutty friends (Rick Wishcamper, Dean McGovern and Lisa Weinrich) and I swept the course in costume just to add some goofiness to the event. A few years ago, I was asked to be the race director, and it was a genuinely rewarding experience.
|The climb up to the M. Photo by the Missoulian|
Please tell the history of Pengelly and something unique about the race?
|Myke Hermsmeyer photo – On to the beacon|
Have you raced Pengelly and how would you rank this course in comparison of other Montana trail races of similar distance?
|The climb to the Beacon. Photo by Votography Images|
|Descending from beacon -- Myke Hermsmeyer|
Jamie Swartz is the present race director. How has she added value to the event?
|Photo by KT – Lunatic the Running Beagle still getting out with a little help|
What is your favorite place on earth?
Glacier National Park . Can’t beat it.
Anyone who does the Double Dip course twice gets a free Super Nova from The Big Dipper. Here, Randy Tanner and John Hart enjoy their reward for doubling up. KT photo
Thank you Kevin, Jamie and RWM for organizing this fun event and creating opportunities for mountain runners.