Sunday, April 23, 2006 -- Hopwood, PA
Mount Summit Challenge (iPO Event Id#: 7311)
Summit Coverage:      
[Overall Results] [Results by Class]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6] [Set 7] [Set 8] [Set 9]
[Set 10] [Set 11] [Set 12] [Set 13] [Set 14] [Set 15] [Set 16] [Set 17]
Story and Photos by Jason Black
This town, rich with history and tradition boasts of a 23-year old mountain race up historic Route 40, a national roadway. U.S. Highway 40 is an east-west United States highway. As the "0" in its route number suggests, US 40 was once a coast-to-coast route, stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific, according to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In 1926, the U.S. 40 Association promoted the highway as "The Main Street of America."
Greensburg, PA runner, Bill Fisher finished 5th last year. This year, he tied last years winning time of 25:37 and took home first place honors. Overall 2005 winner, Geo Toomey (25:46), claimed 2nd this year. Evan Beach (26:13), climbed the finish ladder from a 4th place in '05 to 3rd in '06.
Frank Mulich of Uniontown, PA was first overall in the 5K Walk with a 38:10. Don Slusserfollowed at 38: 23, and Donald Echard rounded things out in third at 38:56. Jamie Brooks finished fourth overall and first for the women with a time of 40:46.
Jeff Pawlak said it best at the end of the day, "It's one of those races that when you get to the top you're just happy you made it."
Special thanks to SERJ Racing Services for excellent results. Thanks to Jeff Pawlak for submitting extra photos (Set 17).