Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Runnin' O' The Green

Since it's actually St. Patricks Day, seeme dlike a good time to do a recap of last weekends St. Paddy's Day races.

With the weekend, the Muddy Buzzards big 3 of 2009 have now all got their first races of 2010 out of the way.  You'll recall that Jimmy Grant won the Snow Joke 1/2 Marathon the last weekend of February in a solid 1:12:51.

The next winner was Thomas "Big Bird" Jodoin of Helena.  He made the short trip to Anaconda for the annual AOH Locker Room Bar St. Patrick's Races.  With a new course "record", he handily won the 3-mile race in 14:07.  With a net downhill course and a good tailwind (this year wind gusts of 15 - 20 mph were present) you have all the elements in place for a screaming race.  And Thomas took full advantage of it.

Ray Hunt was 2nd overall and 1st Master with a solid 15:13.  He was followed by Josh Panasuk (Butte HS) in 15:35, Brian Wieck in 15:39 and Mad Dog Speece in 15:59 (2nd Master and 1st ever 50+ runner to be sub-16:00 at this event).

On the women's side, Nicole Hunt had a stellar start to the year with her 15:50 (also a new course record).  With her time, she was also 5th overall.  For someone nearing the master's category, there is no sign of her slowing down.

In the 6-mile race, 52-year old Ray Matteson won overall in 35:16.  40+ runner Craig Kenworthy was 2nd in 35:48, followed by Butte's Ozzie Rosenleaf in 35:57.  Good day for the old guy set.

For full results, check out

Over in Billings, Alan King kicked off his Montana campaign.  (He had started his year in Houston in January with a 1:09 1/2 marathon.)  At the annual Shamrock Run, he had a very solid 15:54 for the 5K distance.  Having run this same course many times during my 16 years in Billings, I can attest to the fact that a sub-16 time on this course is a very solid run.  Steven Kosnar was the master's winner in 17:50, good for 7th overall.

In Missoula, Justin Yates won the inaugural Run for the Luck of it 5K.  On a breezy day, he put together a 17:00 time for the overall win. First master's was Tony Banovich in 18:21, good for 3rd overall.

Have not yet seen results for Run For the Pub in Bozeman or the races in Polson, Great Falls, and Helena.  If you know of where I can find those results, let me know.

See you on the roads, tracks and trails.

The Muddy Buzzard

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