Evan Eck, Abby McGee run to titles

Evan Eck of Helena and Abby McGee of Butte claimed overall titles at the 78th running of the Veterans Day Race Wednesday in Butte.

Eck, who is deaf, finished the icy 5.2-mile course in 31 minutes, 34 seconds to win his first Veterans Day Race. He also claimed the top spot in the male 20-29 age group.

Two-time champion Peter Dan Sullivan of Helena placed second, crossing in 32:44. Butte runner Don Foley took third overall, clocking in with a time of 33:51.

Butte Central junior Abby McGee finishes strong to claim the female overall title.
Butte Central junior Abby McGee finishes strong to claim the female overall title.

Two years ago McGee won the 2.5-mile race. Wednesday she claimed her first female overall title in the long race. The Butte Central junior finished the 5.2-mile course in 40:47 for the victory.

Butte’s Susan Kaluza placed a close second at 40:52.

Butte High senior Seth Grant took home the boys’ high school title. He finished with a time of 40:42.

In all, 32 runners completed the race, which is the oldest road race in Montana and one of the oldest races in the West.

During the awards ceremony, long-time race timer Betty Merrifield was presented with the John “Scotty” Wulf Lifetime Achievement Award.

Butte High senior Seth Grant won the male high school title.
Butte High senior Seth Grant won the male high school title.


Male High School
Seth Grant                                  40:42

Female High School
Abby McGee                             40:47

Male 20-29
Evan Eck                                    31:24

Female 20-29
Renee Schmidt                          41:11

Male 30-39
Thomas Jodoin                          35:09
Dan Kachmarik                         41:40

Female 30-39
Erinn Guzik                               56:19

Male 40-49
Don Foley                                  33:51
Daniel McGee                           38:05
Bob Whelan                               43:05
David Romer                             44:04

Female 40-49
Cyndie Lockett                          41:18
Dana Cotton                               53:47

Male 50-59
Peter Dan Sullivan                    32:44
Pat O’Connor                             36:59
Bill Kearney                              40:36
Greg DeWitt                              41:00
Kurt Kuchi                                 41:10
Scott Craigle                              43:31
Don Grinsell                              46:29
Paul Riley                                  46:40
Mike Kearney                            51:08

Female 50-59
Susan Kaluza                             40:52
Liz McGuff                                43:28
Cheryl Peterslie                         1:21:33

Male 60-69
Tom Hayes                                40:48
Tim Johnston                             48:40
Vern Roberts                             49:35
Dave Mueller                             52:14
Tom McGuire                            58:57

Female 60-69
Eddie Walker                             52:02


Female 50-59
Jane Foster                                 31:40