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Rock/Creek’s Inaugural 3 Stage Race a Success

IMG_0727After three intense days and 60 miles of epic mountain trails, the bumps and bruises were all put behind and the joys and memories recounted. Cool temperatures and the occasional rain surprised runners from all over the country as they navigated a variety of trails that included some of the Southeast’s roughest single-track. Overall it was a blessed weekend with few injuries and everyone left excited for next year’s follow up event.
Rock/Creek Race Team member and The Boonies board member Matt Sims held onto his 20 minute advantage going into the third stage to take home the overall victory with a 3 day combined time of 8:35:03. Fellow Rock/Creek Team member Jaclyn Greenhill was the first female overall winner with combined time of 9:10:01.
Sal Coll finished as first place master’s male finisher with a cumulative time of 9:10:42 for the three days. JoAnna Crooks was the female master’s winner with a cumulative time of 12:28:12.
Racers spanned generational boundaries and proved that anyone can complete long distance runs. 18-year old John Wiygul, a Chattanoogan resident, was the youngest finisher and second male overall for the three days in 9:05:23.. At 68 years-young, Randal Whorton, of Westminster, CO, was the oldest individual to complete all three stages.
Chattanoogan.com has posted great recaps of each day. They can be found by following the links below:
Stage 1: Lookout Mountain
Stage 2: Raccoon Mountain
Stage 3: Signal Mountain
IMG_0711The 2008 Stage Race was the first official running of the event after a year of “underground” status proved it to be an event well worth repeating. It was also the first multistage trail race in the Southeast. The historic event could not have been possible without the support of its many sponsors. Rock/Creek would like to thank The Boonies, Greenlife, the Lula Lake Land Trust, Salomon, Hammer Nutrition, Mountain Hardwear, SmartWool, Covenant College and the numerous local volunteers who made the dream a possibility.
Last weekend’s stage race was the 3rd event in the 7 event Rock/Creek Trail Series. Information about the trail running race series can be found at www.rockcreek.com/trailseries.