July 26, 2018
Madison Marathon and Big Sky Marathon Final Race Results
Final Race Results for Double Marathon
Thank you all for traveling so far to come to our race series in Southwest Montana. We built the Greater YellowstoneAdventure Series (GYAS) with a particular purpose in mind. Compel people from around the country to come to Southwest Montana. Create a series of events that offer view sheds and experiences that cannot be duplicated anywhere else in the world. Show off the public lands of Montana. Ask people to do something for the first time. Ask them to do something difficult. Ask them to do something that they will remember forever. That's a lot to ask!
I hope we have done our part. Let us know what you think by posting a race review on Race Raves.
TBA Corey Hardy at Monument Ridge
Photo Courtesy of Jed Fitch
Volunteer Crews in Action
The draft final race results for the 11th Annual Madison Marathon and the 4th Annual Big Sky Marathon are below. The links will open an MS Excel spreadsheet for the full and half marathons. We had some DNS (did not show) runners for both races. We also had some DNF (did not finish) as well as some runners who signed up for the full, but stopped at the half. For these reasons, we probably missed some runners. Please let us know if we missed you or messed up your time. Send us an email with your name, bib number, race, and we'll do our best to get your time right. We will do all this before posting the final results on our website or sending it to other race recording sites.
The Big Sky
Our time? Our time? Who cares! We're having a beer says TBA champions Lynda Andros-Clay and Eric Huff
The summer ain't yet over. The GYAS still has two more races. The 7th Annual Madison Triathlon is on August 4. This is an Olympic Distance Triathlon that features a 1,200 yard swim in Ennis Lake, a 24 mile bike ride from Ennis Lake to Harrison, and then a six mile run to Pony. It's the final leg of the Madison Trifecta. There's plenty of room in the race so please sign up. If you want to volunteer, let me know. You'll then have the chance to meet the TBAs.
The 2nd Annual Tour de Gravelly on August 5 is the newest GYAS race. It is a 57 mile gravel road cycling race (the first 10 miles are on pavement) and it has the hallmarks of a national Bucket List kind of race. The route starts in Ennis and goes up and over the Gravelly Range and down into the Ruby Valley. It's entirely on the Big Sky Marathon route, and then it's nearly entirely on the Madison Marathon route (cyclists will turn off the Gravelly Range Road near Mile 2 of the MM route).
Getting ready for the Tour de Gravelly on August 5
The race is basically 40 miles of uphill followed by 17 miles of downhill. Butt clenching up and white knuckle down. The net elevation gain is over 4,650 feet. The net elevation loss is over 3,600 feet.
However, these figures don't tell the whole picture of the experience. The 4,650 feet up is mostly over a 25 mile stretch. The 3,600 feet down is mostly over a 10 mile stretch. Another way to look at this race for the cycling community - It's a Bucket List race for the ages. Butt clenching up, white knuckle (and lots more butt clenching) down.
Thank you all so much for coming to Montana. Take the I Love Public Lands theme back home with you. If you're a Montanan, shout it from the rooftops. Our campaign IS making a difference. Thank you to Allison McGree and Karen Savory for the awesome shirt designs on Montana's public lands.
In a world that has seemingly gone whacko, we came together for a high altitude weekend in Montana to celebrate the truism that life is beautiful. We just have to remember to act that way. Let's do it all again next year.
Stay Happy, Healthy, and Always Keep Running Forward.
Sam and Colter
The John Colter Club
The John Colter Club is a members-only club for athletes who are or have been:
An inaugural athlete in one of the six GYAS races.
Earned a podium finish (top three) in the overall men and women's category of any GYAS race.
Are a three-time returnee to a GYAS race.
We want to recognize those who went first, those who finished well, and those who just keep coming back. For a membership fee of $30 per year and immense bragging rights for getting in, members receive the following:
A personalized water bottle with the GYAS logo, your name, and the club's name.
Early access. Members get to sign up for the GYAS races before the March 1 opening.
A discount of 15 percent off the entry fee of the race you sign up for.
Do the math and you can figure out that your $30 comes back to you pretty quick. If you qualify and if you want to join an exclusive club of athletes named after Montana's most famous total bad ass, send me an email. Tell me how you qualify. I'll confirm it all and send you the application.