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Rock/Creek Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race- Stage 1 Results

A trail running race is not always true to the stereotype of “extreme individualists set out on a goal to cream the competition during a race.” Trail running also embodies the spirit of achieving strongly in unknown elements, running camaraderie among the community and accomplishing personal goals.
_MG_0183Friday June 18th, was the commencement of the first of three Stages for the Rock/Creek Trail Series Chattanooga Mountain Stage Race. The fifth race in the 2010 Rock/Creek Trail Series and in its third official year running, the Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race welcomes nearly 200 participants from 18 states across the country, from as far away as Colorado, New Mexico, and New Hampshire.
Friday’s grueling yet attainable race along Lookout Mountain’s Lula Lake Land Trust trails and Covenant College Cross Country Park, beckoned the leaders of the pack to engage in friendly competition and finish tied for first.
Rock/Creek Race Team Member, Dane Mitchell from Birmingham, AL crossed the finish line with fellow Rock/Creek Race Team Member, Josh Wheeler from Signal Mtn., TN, for a tie for First Men’s Overall for Stage 1 with a finish time of 2:44:39. Wheeler, returning home for the weekend from a summer Genetics Lab Internship at Duke still remains the Stage 1 Course Record keeper with a time of 2:41:16 in 2009. Coming in second Overall Men’s, from Goose Creek, SC was Trent Humphreys with a time of 2:56:39 and Third Men’s Overall behind Trent was Josh Hite from Cookeville, TN with a time of 2:57:10.
The women’s leader of the pack, finishing First Place Women’s Overall for Stage 1 was Emily Ansick from Auburn, AL with a finish time of 3:34:15. Behind Emily, in Second Place Women’s Overall was Sue Kelly from Atlanta, GA with a time of 3:37:32 and Third Place Women’s Overall for Stage 1 was Rock/Creek Race Team Member, Natalie Sims from Signal Mtn, TN with a finish time of 3:39:46.
The Chattanooga Mountain Stage Race continues on Saturday, June 19th, 2010 for Stage 2 of 3 with a 18 mile course at the Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage Facility. Race registration and check in begins at 6:30am. Stage 2 kickoff begins at 8:00am.
For a full list of results and photos from Stage 1 of the Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race, visit the Stage 1 website at: https://www.rockcreek.com/stagerace/stage1/#results
Overall Results for all three stages will be posted upon completion of the Rock/Creek Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race Sunday evening.