Write up by Jay: The 2010 Lord of the Fork Race is in the books, with a new course this year, a record number of racers, and new men’s and women’s champions. The beautiful sunny weather must have convinced a lot of new people to show up for the race, including racers from New Zealand, Germany, and Canada

Lord of the Fork Race

Write up by Jay:

The 2010 Lord of the Fork Race is in the books, with a new course this year, a record number of racers, and new men’s and women’s champions. The beautiful sunny weather must have convinced a lot of new people to show up for the race, including racers from New Zealand, Germany, and Canada. The new course started at Skunk Beach (below Fist), and ended at the usual spot below Climax.

 
The men’s champion came all the way from New Zealand and crushed the dreams of the local contenders. He was so fast that several people didn’t believe his time was correct (6:29, 18 seconds faster than the next). After extensive review of the time sheets and discussion with the timekeepers and racers, I stand by the results. He was just faster than everybody else. Brian Kirk and Isaac Levinson tied for second place, with times of 6:47. Laura Farrell was the fastest woman, with a time of 7:27, edging out Adriene Levknecht by 7 seconds.

 
Some other performances are worth mentioning. A German named Strohmeier was wicked fast in a short boat with a time of 7:24. Anne Hubner was the 3rd overall woman, with a fast time for a short boat. Dane Jackson finished with a time of 7:20, and I bet he’s going to be tough to beat next year. Keith Sprinkle, who holds the hand-paddle record for this race, raced with a paddle this year. Near the end though, he ditched the paddle, and then even ditched the boat. I assume he was just trying to go with minimal gear across the finish line. Chris Gragtmans did the first ever Ironman run, first in the long boat, then running up the tracks and through the tunnel, then taking a short boat run. We also finally have another c-1 racer, with Brad McMillan showing up for his first Russell Fork Race.

 
Once again thanks to Willy Witt for doing the start times, Eric Henrickson for providing the race bibs, Matt Walker for keeping the website updated, Bernie and Jeryl from the Whitewater Warehouse in Dayton for providing some sweet prizes, and all of the local folks for helping to set safety in the gorge. See you next year.

Jay

Place    Name    Boat    Time    Comments
1    Mike Dawson    Stinger    6:29   
2t   Bryan Kirk    Tornado    6:47    
2t   Isaac Levinson    Stinger    6:47   
4    Geoff Calhoun    Greenboat    6:50   
5    Chris Gragtmans    Greenboat    6:54   
6    Keegan Grady    Remix 100%    6:59   
7t    Chris Hipgrave    Stinger    7:06   
7t    Clay Wright    Stinger    7:06   
9    Charles King    Greenboat    7:09   
10    Ben Ledewitz    Greenboat    7:12   
11    Eric Chance    Tornado    7:13   
12    Dustin Marquart    Greenboat    7:15   
13    Dane Jackson    Crossfire    7:20   
14    Nick Troutman    Greenboat    7:21   
15    Jess Albright    Greenboat    7:22   
16    Strohmeier    Diesel 80    7:24   
17t    Laura Farrell    Greenboat    7:27    1st place K-1 W
17t    Howard Tidwell    Tornado    7:27   
17t    Jay Ditty    Stinger C1    7:27    C-1
20    Scott Magley    Greenboat    7:28   
21t    Jeff Clewell    Greenboat    7:29   
21t    Clay Warren    Greenboat    7:29   
23    Mark Robertson    Greenboat    7:32   
24    Adriene Levknecht    Stinger    7:34    2nd place K-1 W
25    Chris Gragtmans    Nomad 8.5    7:35    Ironman
26    David Herman    Greenboat    7:36   
27    Brian Mattingly    Greenboat    7:37   
28    Jon Crain    Greenboat    7:39   
29t    Steve McGrady    Greenboat    7:40   
29t    Ben Blake    Greenboat    7:40   
31t    Delaney Albright    Greenboat    7:41   
31t    Michael Patterson    T-canyon    7:41   
33    Chris Gallaway    Greenboat    7:42   
34    Russell Marcus    Greenboat    7:44   
35    Adam Bixby    Corsica    7:46   
36t    Eric Henrickson    Stinger    7:48   
36t    Eric Nies    Stinger    7:48   
38    Paul Stamilio    Greenboat    7:50   
39    Brad McMillan    Greenboat C1    7:51    C-1
40    Matt Walker    Stinger    7:54   
41    Kyle Hull    Jefe Grande    7:55   
42t    Keith Sprinkle    Stinger    7:58   
42t    Chris Wing    Momentum    7:58   
44    Anne Hubner    Zet-Raptor    7:59    3rd place K-1 W
45    Jon Dale    Greenboat    8:06   
46t    Katrina Van Wijk    Greenboat    8:08    K-1 W
46t    Jonathan Absher    Pirouette S    8:08   
46t    Mark Taylor    Jefe    8:08   
49    Stephen Page    Corsica    8:13   
50    Kirk Eddlemon    Nomad 8.5    8:15   
51    Stephen Forster    Greenboat    8:18   
52    Brian Jennings    Mystic    8:23   
53    Sarah Mello    Greenboat    8:25    K-1 W
54    Dewey Gibson    Burn    8:38   
55    Mark Miller    Burn    8:40   
56    Chuck Armentrout    Stinger    8:46   
57    Willy Witt    Jefe Grande    8:50