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SEVEN SPRINGS, Pa. – On a rainy spring morning high atop the Laurel Highlands, 2,889 athletes from all over the East Coast and as far away as Arizona and Colorado took to the slopes of Seven Springs Mountain Resort. But they weren’t there to ski or snowboard. They came to get dirty at the resort’s adventure race, Mud on the Mountain.
The sixth event of its kind for the resort since May 2012, Mud on the Mountain served up 27 obstacles on 7.77 miles on grueling mountain terrain. Competitors hit the mountain in 15-minute intervals, beginning at 8 a.m. Each wave had a maximum of 200 people.
While Mud on the Mountain is about personal accomplishment, the first wave of participants was timed. The Elite Heat, as they are called, took to the slopes at 8 a.m. With a time of 1:11:04, the first place men’s division winner, Joey Hawley, 25, of North Huntingdon, crossed the finish line. First place in the women’s division was Katie Bordner, 39, of Carlisle, Pa., with a time of 1:41:35
1. Joey Hawley, 25, North Huntingdon, PA 1:11:04 Bib #30
2. Joseph Hunt, 33, Erie, PA 1:16:45 Bib #35
3. James Mangan, 31, Pittsburgh, PA 1:18:44 Bib #48
4. Chris Kopchak, 21, North Versailles, PA 1:19:49 Bib #42
5. Domenick Deutsch, 22, Pittsburgh, PA 1:19:52 Bib #19
1. Katie Bordner, 39, Carlisle, PA 1:41:35 Bib #7
2. Rachel Vojtko, 20, Pittsburgh, PA 1:41:35 Bib #37
3. Noelle Daniels, 28, Russell, PA 1:42:46 Bib #38
4. Jenny Turak, 28, Erie, PA 1:44:15 Bib #42
5. Valerie Watson, 46, Cortland, OH 1:50:38 Bib #50
A full list of scores can be found online at http://www.runhigh.com/2014RESULTS/-%20RH14Results.html.
Seven Springs will welcome back a darker version of the popular adventure race, Mud in the DARK Sat., Aug. 16, 2014. Additional information and registration will be available this week at www.mudonthemountain.com.
The resort will also host its first marathon event, Marathon on the Mountain, Nov. 2, 2014. Participants can choose between competing in a full or half marathon event. Additional information and registration is available online at www.marathononthemountain.com.
About Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Seven Springs Mountain Resort, located in Seven Springs, Pa., is the perfect place for family vacations that create lifelong memories. Each year the family-friendly resort hosts more than one million overnight and day guests. Located within 200 miles of the major metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland and WashingtonD.C., Seven Springs is easily accessible from either exit 91 or 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
For more information on Seven Springs and the year-round lodging, dining and activity options the resort offers visit www.7springs.com or call (800) 452-2223.