Posted: Jul 8, 2012 5:57 PM by Derek Buerkle - KPAX Sports
Updated: Jul 9, 2012 6:50 AM
MISSOULA- Thousands of runners toured the streets and roads in the sixth annual Missoula Marathon on Sunday morning.
This year, just like last year, saw about 5,000 runners combined in the marathon and half-marathon. It all started Sunday at 6 a.m. in Frenchtown and at Alpine Physical Therapy.
After weaving through town, the committed souls ended their run with a picturesque finish, right across the Higgins Avenue Bridge in downtown.
A large number of today's competitors come from Missoula, and so do both champions. Colin Fehr crossed the line first for the men and Trisha Drobeck set a course record for the women.
Fehr, the former Griz track and cross country runner won in only the second marathon he has ever entered. The 24-year old finished in 2:32:39, beating second place finisher Jimmy Grant by a minute, and said he felt some pressure down the stretch.
"I started cramping with four miles to go, and I slowed the pace of course to try and get through the cramps. And then they're like, dude he's two blocks, one block. And I'm like, come on legs. Come on legs. And I just tried to stay relaxed and get through it. And some how my legs held up. I set a goal 25 weeks ago to try and win this race. It's an awesome event, and I wanted to win it. Put in a lot of training and hard work. And I'm just so relieved that it actually worked out," Fehr told us.
Trisha Drobeck grabbed the title, crossing the line just 17 minutes after Fehr, in a course record time of 2:49:47, trimming almost eight full minutes off the old mark. Drobeck got married just a month ago and won the Missoula Marathon in 2010 as Trisha Miller.
"I love this race. I love this town. And to come here and be number one today with a course record is just more than I could have hoped for. That's a pretty darn good feeling. And I bet if you asked every single person that crossed the finish line they'd say the exact same thing. Everybody puts in the hours, the effort, miles. And today is the reward," Drobeck said.