Local runners represent Alaska well at The Rut in Montana

September 4, 2016

Scott Patterson Nordic Skiing

Scott Patterson

Anchorage’s Scott Patterson picked up a pair of top-5 finishes at The Rut, a series of serious mountain running events over Labor Day Weekend in Montana.

One day after placing third in Friday’s vertical kilometer race, the 24-year-old turned in a fourth-place finish in today’s 50K race.

The 50K race was actually shortened to 42K [26.3 miles] due to extreme weather conditions.

Anchorage’s Chad Trammell led an Alaska contingent that finished third-fourth-fifth in the 50K category, which featured 288 finishers.

Trammell crossed in 3:53:46, followed by Patterson in 3:59:58 and Matt Shryock in 4:01:45.

Patterson led early and then Trammell took the lead until being overtaken at about Mile 20.

Trammell, Patterson and Shryock were the top three Americans.

Shryock, who is originally from Big Sky country, claimed third place a year ago.

Seward’s Denali Strabel was the only Alaska women to be in the top 10, placing seventh out of 114 finishers with a time of 4:58:32.

Matias Saari of Anchorage just missed a top-10 finish, crossing 13th in 4:17:45.

In Saturday’s 28K event that featured two high-altitude mountain climbs and descents, Najeeby Quinn placed fourth among women. For the men, Eric Strabel placed 10th and Adam Jensen was 11th. All are from Anchorage.