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Record 156 runners
compete in Snow Joke

Seeley Swan Pathfinder
March 5, 1998


A record 156 runners completed the 19th Annual Snow Joke Half-Marathon held Saturday, February 28th. The previous record was 123 finishers in 1992. The high turnout is a result of the mild winter due to El Nino, which has encouraged many to run during the normally inclement season.

Brett Winegar of Columbia Falls was the overall winner in a time of 78 minutes 22 seconds. Christina Carrigan of Missoula was the first woman in a time of 88:58.

In the 40 and older division, Louie Van Duzer of Columbia Falls paced the field in 82:24. First woman in that division was Kathy River of Clancy in 93:58.

In the 15 and younger division, Matt Cozby of Anaconda won in 112:16. For the ladies, Hillary Buettner of Kalispell and Jaclyn Hillstead of Lakeside won in a tie at 130:08.

Those Seeley Lake residents completing the run were Andrew Gideon in 90:52, Loren Rose in 97:22, Lynn Carey in 99:03 and Joy Stocking in 123:13.

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