Jay Hunt led Sunday's Mountain Harvest Festival 5k/10k fun run, completing the 10k course with a time of 57 minutes flat for the win; Jessica McGrath was the first female to finish the 10k, with a time of 1:01.34. The course, which winds its way along the biking and hiking trails of Jumbo Mountain, gains more than 1,000 feet in elevation in the first 2.5 miles.
Marilyn Waitman had the fastest time of the day in the 5k run with a time of 35:10. Hazel Dirk, the youngest competitor, finished the 5k in 43:04 to place sixth.
Twenty-one runners came out for this year's race, which is down from 38 runners in 2012, according to race organizer, Dave Knutson. The annual race has been run since 2007, although the first scheduled race in 2006 was rained out.
The standing 5k course record of 24 minutes, 24 seconds (set in 2013 by Jacob Helleckson and Jason Sturgis of Paonia and Dustin Ownbey of Delta) and the 10k course record of 51 minutes, 41 seconds (set in 2012 by Ben Graves of Paonia) still stand.
For those who are up to the challenge, course maps and elevation information are available at www.mountainharvestfestival.org.
While there were no medals awarded, the race entry fee of $19 included a ticket to the Rotary Club's annual Bountiful Brunch.blog comments powered by Disqus