Snow at Wyoming's Rocky Mountain Double MarathonWind, a Little Snow—and No Littering
Photo by Shannon Washburn
Jeremy Bradford of Denver won the Rocky Mountain Double Marathon in Laramie, Wyoming, Sunday in 8:19:05. He weathered the cold, windy conditions to finish nearly five minutes ahead of runner-up Christopher Dale of Granby, Colorado, who crossed the line in 8:23:52. Third overall and first among women was Salt Lake City’s Erin Clark, who finished in 8:57:52.
The Rocky Mountain Double Marathon, run in conjunction with a single marathon and half-marathon, is a 52.4-mle race through Medicine Bow National Forest. Run primarily on dirt and gravel roads—they comprise approximately 77 percent of the full and double-marathons course and all of the half-marathon course—the course starts at 8700 feet, descends to 8100 feet, climbs to 8600 feet and finally drops to 8000 feet, at which point marathoners and double-marathoners turn back (double marathoners will run the out-and-back twice). Half-marathoners turn back during the first climb.
Nicholas Davis of Fort Collins, Colorado, won the marathon in 3:06:46, while Jennifer Malmberg of Eaton, Colorado, finished first among women in 3:59:05. In the half-marathon, Jim Nagel, also of Fort Collins, won in 1:37:30 and Julie Hawkins of Fort Worth, Texas, won the women’s race in 1:54:56.
“It was the windiest race on record, with 35-plus mile-per-hour winds,” says race director Brent Weigner, who also says snowflakes could be seen falling near the end of the race. “Because of the winds the course was slow. No records this year.”