The course record on the Rendezvous Mountain Hillclimb fell today but the one hour mark is still unbroken. The climb winds through single track at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort with an elevation gain of 4139’ in just 6.1 miles. With $5000 on the line and a bonus to the first racer that breaks one hour the competition was fierce in the pro class.
Racers of all ages from around the country tackled the hill climb.
Getting them started young.
Race leader Stephan Mulherin kicks it into high gear above the Cirque.
Stephan Mulherin living in Jackson, WY during the summer shot out to an early lead and never looked back. His time of 1 hour and 5 minutes beat the course record set by Matt Chorney of 1 hour and 9 minutes last year.
Mulherin went hard early and crossed the halfway point in just under 30 minutes keeping him in the hunt to beat the one hour mark. At mile five he was still on track to beat one hour with a time of just over 50 minutes. His last mile ended up being a 15 minute mile bringing him in at 1:05. His comments on the course, “way cool, I’ve never done a single track race and this was 95% single track and it was tough as can be. And it was runnable, usually single track is too steep but this thing was runnable the entire way.”
When asked if the one hour mark can be beat he stated, “I’m going to be coming back for many summers and I’m going to be more fit, yeah, it’s going to fall.”
Sawyer Thomas of Wilson, WY came in second at 1:10:50.
Winning female Samantha Diaz set a new female course record of 1:18:29 defeating Jenny Wolfe of Bozeman, MT record of 1 hour and 21 minutes.
And the reward for all racers once they reach the top is the bacon station!
Race organizer Doug Cook is a badass winning the 40 year old division and coming in at 1:17 in 14th overall.
For Cook organizing the race is a labor of love, he does it for his good buddy Chris Onufer who passed away in the mountains. “I wish Chris was out here running with us today, he did this many many times and to be running up the course and thinking of him is why I do it.”
A huge thanks goes out to the Teton Trail Runners, race day volunteers and Doug cook for organizing the event.
For full results: Full Results RHC 2016 8-6-16
Until, next year…