Area runners, walkers up to Bruce’s Big Butte Challenge

Friday night’s snow storm wasn’t enough to stop 91 runners and walkers from competing in Bruce’s Big Butte Challenge Saturday.

The race took place in the snow, slush and mud behind Big Butte and Montana Tech. The 11-kilometer race included a trek up the face of Big Butte early on.

The event also included a 5K and a 1-mile race. (Overall results; Age group results)

Helena’s Jeff Thomas won the 11K race with a time of 58 minutes, 16 seconds.  Hugh Murphy placed second at 59:10, while Blair Hopkins placed third at 100:28.

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Butte’s Carrie Holland was the fastest woman runner. She crossed in 1:07:28.

Guy Wadas Butte High’s cross country coach, won the 5K with a time of 22:13. One of his runners, freshman Sean Foley, placed second at 23:43.

Carlos Monroy placed third at 26:01.

Amanda Badovinac of Butte claimed the women’s title with a time of 26:26. Courtney Lyndes took second at 27:42.

Kooper Kuchtyn, 14, won the 1-mile race with a time of 7:21. Rebecca Schnabel, 15, was the fastest female runner with a time of 7:23. She finished just ahead of Lyza Schnabel, 40, who crossed in 7:24.

Jason Real, 6, placed second in the male standings in 8:28.

The Big Challenge dates back to 1980. This year, the event was named in honor of longtime runner and race organizer Bruce Robinson.

Robinson passed away last April 7. He was 75.