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Photo by Janice A. Miller - 30K runner Steph Draper navigates the technical course.


Don’t Fence Me In 30K – Helena, Montana

Robert Krar set a new course record at the Don’t Fence Me In 30K Saturday in Helena, Montana. The Flagstaff, Arizona, resident clocked a time of 2:07:53.7, besting Kiefer Hahn’s 2:09:41.2 set in 2009. Jared Scott of Grand Canyon, Arizona (last year’s winner), and Matthew Byrne of Scranton, Pennsylvania, ran the third and fourth-fastest times in course history with a 2:13:42.5 and 2:13:49.9, respectively.

In the women’s division, Megan Kimmel of Silverton, Colorado, won the race for the second-straight year in 2:50:09.7, nearly eight minutes ahead of runner-up Sarah Keller of Billings, Montana.

The race, which is part of the 2012 La Sportiva Mountain Cup, was directed in part by local ultrarunner Martin Miller, who notes that the course has been altered since Hahn set the old record in 2009.

“We’ve made it substantially tougher and brought the total vertical climb up to over 4000 feet,” says Miller. “By this standard, Krar’s time is really a big improvement.”

Saturday was the fifth running of the Don’t Fence Me In 30K. The inaugural event in 2005 consisted of a 5K and 12K race; the 30K distance was added in 2008.

For complete results, click here.


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