A dreary start to the day on Saturday, September 30 was hardly a deterrent for this year’s Baldy Hill Climb – 134 people made their way to the top of Bald Mountain for the 39th annual event. Reclaiming victory in the racing class were SVSEF Gold Team athletes Jack Hegman and Mary Rose, who powered up before heading down to Park City on Sunday for a NTG/National Elite Group camp. Hegman completed the 3,140-foot climb in 35 minutes and 13 seconds, just nine seconds off Miles Havlick’s 2014 course record of 35:04. A minute behind Hegman was teammate Rogan Brown, who made it to the finish line in 36:13. Rounding out the top three men was SVSEF alpine alumni Miles Fink-Debray in 36:37. Rose finished in 43:34, a solid 2 minutes and 46 seconds in front of women’s runner-up Alexa Turzian (46:15), a SVSEF cross country alumni. In third was Lexi Abel (49:24).
A total of 52 participants opted for the race category, while 64 chose to hike. Eighteen people raced in the biking class, with 11 of those taking it to another level by tackling the Cheeso Double. Named in memory of the late SVSEF alpine coach Craig “Cheesbo” Kjesbo, this race category includes both the bike portion and the hill climb – meaning athletes scale Baldy twice.
A big thanks to Sturtevants, who sponsored the event, and to all of the volunteers who came out and supported the participants and SVSEF.