Strong Bodies, Tough Dubois Course Honored fallen Marine Chance Phelps
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(Dubois, Wyo.) – A very tough uphill course and smoky haze from the west were not enough to deter scores of competitors in the 2017 Run4Chance races in Dubois on Saturday. Sponsored by the Chance Phelps Foundation in honor of the 19-year-old Marine by that name from Dubois, killed in Iraq in 2004. The annual event raises funds to enable veterans to enjoy outdoor recreation getaways.
This year’s event included a 5K walk-run race, a 1K fun run for kids, and a grueling 5-mile obstacle course that ran over the top of the Scenic Overlook and back to the town park, ending in two climbing obstacles just before the finish line.
Many of the runners (and some winners) came from far outside Dubois to compete – or otherwise. “No tag. That was for Phelps,” said Major Ben Heredia of Denver, the regional recruiter for the Marine Corps, who was an unofficial fourth place in the 5K race.
“As Marines, we take care of Marines,” he explained later. “It’s a good thing to volunteer our time for them.”
Brett Wilking, 42, and Heather Wilking, 40, of Salt Lake City were male and female winners of the 5K race. A notable third-place in the male 5K division was Brad Oliverson of Riverton, 36, who ran behind a double stroller carrying his sons, Maven and Canon.
“I’m not sure it was worth it, but …” Oliverson said as he gulped from a water bottle at the finish line.
“How was it?” someone asked the boys in the stroller.
“Crazy,” said one. “Scary!” said the other.
Both Wilking and Oliverson came in early despite being unintentionally misdirected onto a brief detour at the start of the race.
Sergio Cabada, 39, of Riverton took first place in the male obstacle course, barely beating 35-year-old Colby Frontiero. Female winner of the obstacle race was Sara Domek, 31, executive director of the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center in Dubois.