Panasuk slips, slides his way to Big Butte victory

Panasuk slips, slides his way to Big Butte victory
Josh Panasuk runs down the road on Big Butte on his way to victory in Bruce's Big Butte Challenge Saturday morning. (Bill Foley photos)

A nasty fall and a wrong turn couldn’t stop Josh Panasuk from winning yet another local road race Saturday morning.

The former Butte High and MSU-Billings runner conquered a sloppy, slippery and wet course on his way to victory at Bruce’s Big Butte Challenge. Despite a fall on the ice and a short detour because of the wrong turn, Panasuk finished the 11-kilometer race — which included a trip up the face of Big Butte — in 50 minutes, 58 seconds.

Don Foley of Butte placed second in 51:59. (Overall results; Age group results)

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Butte’s Amber Wood-Jensen placed third overall and first among women in 56:12. Kyle Klicker of Phillipsburg finished fourth in 56:43.

Ashley Choquette of Butte was the second women’s finisher in 1:01:02.

Nick Beattie was the top runner in the 5-kilometer race. He finished in 21:08. Mike Haynes was second in 22:50.

Susie Kaluza was the women’s winner in the 5K, finishing in 23:35. She placed third overall.

Trey Whitlock, 14, placed fourth overall in 23:51, while Cara Whitlock placed fifth overall and second among women in 24:12.

Cort Hunter won the 1-mile race in 12:04. Lorra Hunter placed second, just a ninth of a second behind.

In all, 63 runners and walkers turned out for the event despite the overnight snowfall. The race was sponsored by the Exchange Club of Butte and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butte.

The race was run in memory of long-time Butte runner Bruce Robinson.

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