Pyro’s Push It Up draws 127 trail runners Saturday for Capt. DuBois scholarships |

Pyro’s Push It Up draws 127 trail runners Saturday for Capt. DuBois scholarships

Mike Vidakovich
For the Post Independent
New Castle resident and local running race regular James Parker at the finish line banner of the Pyro’s Push It Up trail races on the West Elk Trail Saturday, Aug. 14.
Mike Vidakovich photo

Saturday’s Pyro’s Push It Up Trail Races attracted 127 runners and walkers to the Flat Tops area at West Elk Creek.

Distances of 3.5 kilometers, 7.7K, and the challenging 13K gave participants the option to choose the event that most suits their fitness level and competitive spirit. The 3.5K represented a family fun run and walk.

This year was the seventh annual Pyro’s Race, which is run in honor of U.S. Air Force Capt. William “Pyro” DuBois, who lost his life in December 2014 while flying a mission in the country of Jordan. Proceeds from the event help to provide scholarships for the training of future Air Force pilots.

Top 10 Overall Results (*denotes female)

13K: 1. Bernie Boettcher, 1 hour, 3 minutes, 28 seconds; 2. Dietrich Wambach, 1:05:14; 3. Eddie Murray, 1:13:08; 4. Phil Dunn, 1:16:27; 5. Kevin Mullins, 1:18:21; 6. Anne Swanson*, 1:20:56; 7. Dylan Dunbar, 1:22:14; 8. John Draminski, 1:24:48; 9. Bob Byram, 1:25:06; 10. Addison Kneale, 1:25:14.

7.7K: 1. Heather Price*, 40 minutes, 45 seconds; 2. Rick Chavez, 42:10; 3. Tara Dewitte*, 43:20; 4. Craig Cotter, 45:13; 5. Johnny Utah, 45:39; 6. Steve Dunbar, 48:40; 7. Diane Chapin*, 48:55; 8. Jess Wise, 51:29; 9. Cierra House*, 51:32; 10. Tianna White*, 53:08.

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