2013 Newsletter #4

Hopefully by now you’ve forgotten how much you hate me and those sick climbs.  In the words of Wayne Rancourt, they are “character-building.”  Thank you all for a wonderful weekend.  It was a true honor to watch so many dedicated performances, and just about brought me to tears, at many points.  All four of the course records were broken.  First honor goes to “The Swede,” Johan Steene.  He ran gracefully through the finish line with a big smile and loads of salt deposits on his clothes in a record-breaking 9:24:22.  Local favorite Lynn VanSchoiack broke the women’s course record by over 2 hours with a time of 11:17:00.  While Johan was out breaking Mark Austin’s record from the previous year, Mark completely crushed Ryan Lund’s record in the 50k by over 37 minutes with an overall time of 5:13:21.  Julie Tinney squeaked in a new 50K women’s record with a time of 7:07:40.  My apologies to Justine O’Neil, whom I didn’t realize was our AG winner for women 20-29.  Her time was 7:55:33.  Great work Justine!  Results can be viewed here.

Our volunteers:  Huge Thanks to my parents, Mike & Judy Blessing for putting in countless hours of work prepping for the race.  Much thanks to Emily Berriochoa for doing our website design and updates, as well as Tom Mattus and the Boise County Amateur Radio Operators Club for their 4th year of complete ham radio support!  Uncle Clint & Aunt Deb at Wetfoot, The Grinders, Jim Buchanan and Matt Gambill at Skunk Creek Summit, David Reimer at East Mountain, and my father-in-law Norm Peck + my lovely wife + Mark Johnson and Mark Hutchinson at Silver Creek Saddle.  Great Work!

Thanks to Scott Sports, The Pulse, USA T&F, Trailrunner Magazine, & UltrAspire for their support as well.  Please frequent these awesome businesses for their loyalty to ultrarunning, and especially, the WIFMER.

Best Bib: Mariah Crump!  It was original and required a lot of work.  She wins a year of Trailrunner magazine!

Curious about next year’s biennial slugfest?  You can check out http://runwildidaho.com/bluemountain50/ for the basic information.  We will have more updates in the next upcoming year.

If you are not completely tired of my races, be sure to check out the IMTUF 100 at the end of this month, Standhope 60K September 21st, and the NNU 100 Mile Run & Relay in November.  Best Wishes!

Ben Blessing
Race Director
http://www.runwildidaho.com