Courtesy Christa Graff
PARK CITY, Utah (Sept. 11, 2013) — More than 300 runners brought home the Mountain on Sunday, racing across Park City’s three famed mountain resorts.
Ted Russell, Stephen Cuttitta and Danny Connolly rounded out the top three overall and in the men’s division, with times of 3:15:37, 3:19:57 and 3:22:52, respectively. Gemma Arro Ribot, Kim Hart and Elizabeth Butler took the top three slots in the women’s division with respective times of 3:44:41, 3:48:09 and 3:48:49.
The race was the third and final stage of the Triple Trail Challenge, which launched with the Jupiter Peak Steeplechase Aug. 3, and continued with the Park City Marathon Aug. 17. The top three finishers in each division of the Triple Trail Challenge:
- · Men’s Marathon: Danny Connolly (8:25:04), Dominick Layfield (8:27:05) and John Metallo (10:49:10)
- · Women’s Marathon: Elizabeth Butler (9:45:05), Amy de la Garza (12:29:30) and Jennifer Kalbach (12:57:33)
- · Men’s Half-Marathon: Ian Murdock (7:22:23), Chris Antinori (7:24:24) and Bup Minardi (7:49:15)
- · Women’s Half-Marathon: Julie Bryan (8:26:03), Julia Erbacher (8:58:24) and Caitlin Puckett (9:03:16)
“Big congratulations to all our Mid-Mountain Marathon and Triple Trail Challenge winners,” Mountain Trails executive director Charlie Sturgis said. “Congratulations and thanks to the hundreds who participated in these races. Each one demanded serious ability and determination, and it was a blast to watch everyone put it on the line as they conquered these trails.”
The Mid-Mountain Marathon followed the Mid Mountain Trails, a scenic single-track trail traversing Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, The Colony and the Canyons — a route that started just below 8,100 feet, rose to 8,400, and then fell to 6,800, leaving participants literally breathless.
“At 26.2, any marathon is a challenge, but doing one in Park City on a single-track trail at high-altitude really takes some guts,” Sturgis said.
The Mid Mountain Trail is just one part of the roughly 400-mile trail network within the Park City area.. The network, which remains non-motorized, is the only system in the country to have been named a Gold Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, and it’s maintained through events like the Triple Trail Challenge and the upcoming Tour des Suds cycling race up Guardsman Pass on Sept. 15, as well as sponsorships, donations, memberships and platoons of volunteers.
“This trail network that takes full advantage of and provides unparalleled access to the Wasatch Mountains wouldn’t be possible without the support we’ve had from our community,” Sturgis said. “It’s been amazing over these past two decades, and we appreciate all the money and time people have given to our foundation and our efforts.”
For more information about the Mid-Mountain Marathon, the Triple Trail Challenge or the Mountain Trails Foundation, contact Christa Graff, of Graff Public Relations, by calling 435-640-7921 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Mountain Trails Foundation
The Mountain Trails Foundation builds and maintains hiking and biking trails in and around Park City. Now in its 20th year, the nonprofit has built close to 400 miles of trails, and its network is still expanding. The company works with local and private groups to expand the areas trail system — a network that remains the only trail system in the country to be named a Gold Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association. The Mountain Trails Foundation derives most of its income from its race series and donations. To learn more or find out how you can become involved, visit the group’s website, MountainTrails.org.