On one of the nicest days of the year thus far, more than 125 runners, walkers and bikers braved sunshine and warm weather at the 17th annual Longest Dam Race in Fort Peck this weekend.
Glasgow's Austin Green won the 5-kilometer run, crossing the finish line in 19 minutes, 30 seconds, more than a minute ahead of Glasgow's Matt Phillips. Fort Peck's Jeremy Radakovich and Ryan Brenteson each finished first in their age group by placing third and fourth, respectively.
Alyssa Sanders, also of Glasgow, finished first among the women by more than two minutes in the race, with a time of 22:50. Memory Bouchard, of Ogdensburg, N.Y., finished second in the race, winning the 50-64 age group with a time of 24:54. Great Falls' Cassandra Peterson won the 40-49 age group finishing third, just ahead of Hinsdale's Stacie Canen. Glasgow's Jessica Jelacic won the 19-29 age group with a fifth place finish.
Among others that won their age groups in the 5K, Baker's Amy Lingle won the ladies' 30-39 age group, finishing ninth, and Opheim's Kerry Hoffman won the 9-14 group, finishing 20th. On the guys' side, Glasgow's Ellis McKean won the 9-14 group, one second ahead of brother Merlin, as the two scored eighth and ninth place finishes. Kurt Breigenzer, of Glasgow, finished sixth overall to win the 40-49 division and Billings' Harvey Brown won the 50-64 age group with a 13th place finish. Fort Peck's Andy Schell, the oldest competitor in the race, won the 65 and older group, finishing the race in 26:57.
In the 10K, Glasgow's Tim Phillips ran away with the victory, beating the field by more than two minutes, finishing in 39:26. Fort Peck's Robbie Radakovich finished second, winning the 19-29 age group. Cut Bank's Quinn Kelly finished third and Glasgow's Wayne Shipp finished fourth.
Billings' Colleen Anderson led the women's side, finishing in 51:08. In a relatively close race, East Helena's Jenny Erdahl finished in second place, just four seconds ahead of Malta's Holly Sullivan. Scobey's Macki and Betsy Kilgore finished fourth and fifth.
Glasgow's Audra Smoler won the bike race, beating out Wayne Shipp, the men's winner, for the overall victory. On the ladies' side, Michelle Eliason, Mary Fahlgren, Leila Johnson and Emily Braaten, all of Glasgow, rounded out the top five. For the men, Glasgow's John Bullen and Harley Eliason finished second and third. Opheim's Thomas Hoffman finished in fourth place and Whitewater's Jason Hellie crossed in fifth place with sons Jason and Hoyt.
There were 65 competitors to compete in the mile run/walk.