Long run from town to village attracts 195
Second annual JH Marathon dominated by area residents.
By Miller N. Resor, Jackson Hole, Wyo.
September 26, 2012
Anders Forselius has run 45 marathons over the last year, but the Jackson Hole Marathon was one of his favorites.
“I rank this as one of the most beautiful and most fun I’ve run,” he said.
Because it was small, Forselius said, he was able to talk to people. And the weather was perfect.
“I didn’t have any problems at all with the smoke,” he said, “and the foliage was spectacular. It was a super marathon.”
Forselius, a resident of Sweden, is biking around the United States while simultaneously trying to run a marathon in every state. He does not ride to every race — his bike is currently parked in Denver — but he did run one in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, just a day before running the 26.2-mile course between Jackson and Teton Village.
Forselius was not the only out-of-state competitor. Racers from all over the country and the world made up the 195 participants in the marathon and the half marathon.
Despite the outside competition, valley runners held their own, taking first in many categories.
Jackson’s Christopher Schurk took first overall in the men’s full marathon with a time of 3 hours, 1 minute and 58 seconds.
Erik Huyffer, of Jackson, won the 40- to 49-year-old division with a time of 3:32:46.
Among the women, Jackson’s Julie Hamilton claimed first by completing the race in 3:31:04. Elizabeth Strandberg won the 20- to 29-year-old category with a time of 3:57:50, and Pam Reed won the 50- to 59-year-old group with a time of 3:59:20.
In the half marathon, Chris Lundberg set the pace, completing the course in 1:28:35.
Jason Wilmot won the 40- to 49-year-old division with a time of 1:39:11, and Rick Stuck claimed first in the 50- to 59-year-old division by posting a time of 1:54:28.
Team Why Not? won the men’s marathon relay division with a time of 3:44:17. Mario’s Girls won the women’s relay division with a time of 3:46:16.
The Jackson Hole Marathon, back for its second year, was organized by the town of Jackson, Teton Village, the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce and Dreamchasers, an outdoor adventure group in Driggs, Idaho.