May 9th at the Don't Fence Me In Trail Races in Helena (to Benefit the Prickly Pear Land Trust).
Kiefer Hahn and Michele Bazanella take the 30K titles in 2:09.41 & 2:38.47 respectively. 4th and 6th overall went to the top 2 masters runners. Kyle Strode continues his breakout Master's season with a 2:20:46. Scott Gaiser continues to run solid and hit 2:26:04.
In the 12K, Nicole Hunt showed that she was no the worse for wear after her Bloomsday effort by taking a commanding victory in 57:16. Thomas Jodoin had another strong race by getting a 3 minute victory over Zack Strong (48:08 to 41:15). Greg Wirth rounded out the top 3 with a 54:14 effort.
On the same day - the extravaganza known as the Montana Women's Run took place in Billings. A new record turnout occurred with almost 7,000 women celebrating healthy lifestyles.
The 2-mile was dominated by Master's, as over 40 runners took the top 3 positons. 4-time Oly Trials Marathon competitor Karen Sanford Gall (48) took the win @ 12:42. She was followed by Kathie Perrins (42) @ 13:19 and Laura Esp (46) at 13:39. Old Chicks Rule!!!!!
The 5-mile proved to be an easy victory for Sarah Graves. Having finished 32nd at Boston only 3 weeks ago, she had a solid run of 31:07. Billings Runners Eryn Caton and Jen Reiter finished out the top 3 (32:08 & 32:35 respectively). Top master in the 5-Mile was Cathy McKenzie (42) of Powell, WY in 33:52.
The Muddy Buzzard.