Easter weekend saw the annual Big Butte Run take place. The main event is the 11 kilometer run that goes up and over the "Big M" north of the Montana Tech campus. It then traverses some of the back roads behind Tech and is a challenging trail race.
The race was won by Dewey Peacock of Bozeman. Dewey has really taken to the trails in the last couple of years and is now a member of the Inov-8 Trail Racing Team. Dewey ran 46:22 for a 75 second win over "Jim Diamond" of Helena. Suspicion makes me think that this may actually be rick Judge or Brian Wieck representing the Diamond Jim TC out of Deer Lodge (and temporarily HQ'd in Helena). Anyone have any input on that 2nd place runner.
First woman was Kristin Hueftle of Butte in 65:04.
In the 5K, 15-year old Theresa Lombardi of Butte was the women's winner in 25:09, less than 1 second ahead of Rachel Schoenig. In 3rd was a Eddi Walker in the 50-59 division. And, contrary to what the paper was reporting, it appears as though the overall men's winner was another 50-59-er, Don Sundberg (Butte) in 21:08.
Up this weekend is the Buttercup Run in Arlee - see www.geocities.com/btrcuprun for more details.
Also on the Horizon is a run in my own back yard; so, wanted to make sure you all knew about it. It is the River Road Run in Plains on April 6th. There will be 10K and 3K events. The run is to benefit the Cancer Network of Sanders County. So, if you're looking for a nice, small town run on a scenic course in the Clark Fork Valley, come up over. Entry blanks are available at the Runner's Edge in Missoula or at www.cancernetworksanderscounty.org.
See you on the roads, tracks and trails.