EUGENE, Ore. — The annual Butte to Butte race drew thousands of participants Wednesday morning. But like any race, there is only one first place.
Both winners of the 10K are currently track town residents. Though this was a bit of a warm up for them, they say it’s still an accomplishment.
In a lead that couldn’t be beat, Craig Leon, 27, came in kicking, beating out the next runner by more than 30 seconds and running 10K in 31 minutes and 19 seconds.
“Really the plan was just to kind of get in a good work out and get into my pace and if somebody was ahead of me, then great and if someone was behind me then that’s fine too. I’m gonna run back and cool down and have a cook out with friends,” Leon said.
About six months ago, Leon came in 26th at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Marathon. He said this was good build-up for his plans to take on the Chicago Marathon.
A former University of Oregon track athlete, Bronwyn Crossman, 22, came in first place at 36 minutes and 39 seconds, leading the women’s category by more than 35 seconds.
Crossman also plans to train all summer for a marathon in Bellingham, Washington.
Organizers said overall the race was extremely competitive and four new records were set in the 10K.