Runners From Around the World Join Big Horn Run

Some of the Big Horn Wild and Scenic runners visit in a tent in Dayton's Bicentennial Park. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Some of the Big Horn Wild and Scenic runners visit in a tent in Dayton's Bicentennial Park. (Photo by Pat Blair)

More than 320 runners started in this year's Big Horn Mountain Wild and Scenic Trail Runs, although Director Michelle Maneval said there were some dropouts along the way, and final figures weren't available Saturday morning when she was interviewed by Sheridan Media.

Maneval said participants came from nine countries and 42 states to join one of the four runs. Among the runners was Alexander Nunn, who came from Honolulu to participate because some of his friends raved about how beautiful the course is. The fifth-place finisher in the 100-mile run, the longest of the events, said he agreed.

Maneval said the event is put on with the help of 250 volunteers plus another 100 members of Search and Rescue.

Among the volunteers was Melanie Green, Maneval's sister. Green said the races are an 18-mile race, 32-mile, 50-mile and 100-mile. Maneval said this is the 25th year for the three shorter races, and the 16th year for the 100-mile. The race ended at Scott Bicentennial Park in Dayton, where awards were to be presented to the race winners Saturday night.

Green said the first to complete the 100-mile run was Eric Lipuma of Boulder, Colo., who finished in 21 hours, 30 minutes and nine seconds. But she said his win was probably in about a thousandth of a second, because the first four runners came in together, arm-in-arm.

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Alexander Nunn becomes the fifth racer to cross the finish line. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Alexander Nunn becomes the fifth racer to cross the finish line. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Two more runners cross the line. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Two more runners cross the line. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Andy Irion prepares breakfast for runners after they finish the race. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Andy Irion prepares breakfast for runners after they finish the race. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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