He knocked over four minutes off the mark.
Twenty-three-year old Elliot Welder, a former Princeton runner, broke the Missoula Marathon course record over the weekend. His unofficial time was 2:26:30. The previous mark was 2:30:37 and had been held by Kiefer Hahn. Welder had spent the winter in Mongolia, teaching English.
He currently lives in Kalispell, Montana.
Missoula’s Jimmy Grant placed second. He won the half marathon last year.
Katherine Georger, a resident of Boise, Idaho, won the women’s marathon in 3:10:31. She told the press afterwards that it was her debut at the distance.
The men’s half marathon went to Mike Bresson, who clocked 1:10:20. Coming in a little over two minutes later was the women’s champion, Emily Shertzer (1:12:39). Shertzer, originally from Jonestown, Pennsylvania, had come to the race to represent her National Guard’s national running team.
Second place in the women’s half marathon went to University of Montana track and cross-country coach Courtney Babcock.
“I just took any expectations off myself and just wanted to go out and have fun and talk to people along the way and try not to hurt until the last few miles,” she said.
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