Friday, October 28, 2011

Mitchell runs away with Boise Foothills 50k Frenzy

Ultra-marathon trail run debuts

In the first official 50-kilometer (31 miles) ultra-marathon trail run staged in the Boise foothills, Hailey's Brad Mitchell won the inaugural Boise Foothills 50k Frenzy footrace on Saturday, Oct. 22 by a sizable margin.

Mitchell, 41, running for Scott Sports, was the first of 125 runners (83 men, 42 women) on the predominantly single-track challenge that started before sunrise Saturday from Fort Boise Community Center. His finishing time was 4.13:58.

Placing second overall and first among women on a course that had 5,840 feet of elevation gain and steep, fast descents was frequent Elephant's Perch Backcountry Run champ Joelle Vaught, 36, of Boise in 4.32:22.

Veteran ultra-marathoner Hank Dart, 44, of Hailey was 18th in 5.23:47. First-time ultra-marathoner Pete Webb, 29, of Hailey finished 16th in 5.19:30. And Richfield's Beci Erwin, 37, placed 36th, the fifth woman, with a 5.46:01 time.

Other Wood River Valley runners doing such a lengthy trail run for the first time and their places: 40—Jen Maley, 30, of Hailey in 5.50:17 (7th woman); 42—Tizz Miller, 43, of Bellevue in 5.51:32 (8th woman).

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