Rock/Creek’s 9th Annual StumpJump 50k & 11 Mile trail race results are now posted! Check the race page for results. Also, be sure to become a fan of the StumpJump on Facebook and post links to your photos & race reports!
Rock/Creek Race Team member Josh Wheeler won the race in 4:15:00. He also set a record for this new course (we’re running for the second year on this course, which is generally accepted as a “longer” 50k than the original course). Nicholas Selbo, also a Chattanooga native, placed second. Bryan Dayton of Boulder, CO, who won the race back in 2005 and held course record on the old course (prior to construction of Signal Mountain High School), came in 3rd.
Sally Brooking of Marietta, GA came in first female with a time of 5:27:28. Rock/Creek Race Team member Jaclyn Greenhill took second in 5:45:10. Jenny Hadfield of Willow Spring, IL took third in 5:46:44.
Race results have been posted online. The race went off Saturday with beautiful weather and world-class runners. In addition to Josh’s win, we had several Rock/Creek Race Team members place well: Jeff Edmonds and Andy Anderson, came in 4th and 6th. Masters winner Jay Curwen of Asheville, NC finished and won the masters title despite breaking his arm on the course. He refused help and finished the race before heading off for treatment.
Josh Wheeler, originally of Signal Mountain, grew up in the area and has raced the StumpJump several times. He said he was coming off an injury and was thrilled to win the race. “I always wanted to win that race; it always was a project and a dream of mine to win,” Josh said.
“Sponsors and volunteers made the race happen,” explains Race Director Jonathan Mobley: “We really have to thank The North Face, SmartWool, Marmot, Vasque Project, Salomon, Hammer Nutrition, Patagonia, La Sportiva, Deuter Packs, Columbia, END Footwear, Greenlife Grocery, Trail Runner, KEEN, Chaco, Trail Runner Magazine, Southern Spring Water, and of course Signal Mountain High School, The Cumberland Trail and all the rangers at Prentice Cooper WMA. Without all these players we would not have a race.”
Congrats to all finishers, and everyone who had the courage to come out and give it a try! We’re really looking forward to an amazing 10th anniversary race, so stay tuned for 2010 details.
Mark your calendars now for the next race on October 2, 2010! Visit the Rock/Creek StumpJump Web site for year-round updates on sponsors, venues, and other developments.
Also keep in mind that the Rock/Creek Trail Series includes 10 race dates throughout the year. Our next race is the Upchuck 50k, a very tough ultra for those who didn’t think the StumpJump was hard enough. December 19th’s Lookout Mountain 100k & 10k is also part of the Vasque Project and should not be missed. Come run with us before you gorge yourself on turkey and holiday sweets!
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