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4th of July Fun Run Race Results

Doug Cherry, 49, of New Lenox, Ill., who comes with his family to Choteau for the Fourth of July celebration every year, won the 31st annual Let Freedom Run 5K, completing the course in 19:49. He was also the winner in the men’s 41 and older division.

The first female finisher was Audrey “Dusty” Rixford, 39, of Choteau, who finished in a time of 23:06, and was also the winner in the women’s 40 and younger division.

The other top-two winners were Caleb Howard, 30, of Norwalk, Conn., winning the men’s 0-40 age division in a time of 20:10, and Kay DeBruycker, 45, of Dutton, winning the women’s age 41 and older division in a time of 25:38.

The top men’s and women’s finishers received a bottle of sports drink and $25 in Choteau Bucks.

This year’s Fourth of July fun run drew 139 registered runners, of whom a total of 138 competed. The 5K drew 112 runners and walkers, while the 1-mile fun run/walk had 26 finishers. This year’s race numbers were up from the 2013 total of 110.

In the 1-mile fun run/walk and the Bechtold siblings of Choteau, Elsah, 11, and Percy, 8, won the female and male first-place prizes, each receiving a bottle of sports drink and a $10 gift certificate to Main Street Express. Elsah finished in 7:36 and Percy in 7:37.

Grizzly Activity Inc. of Choteau organizes the 4th of July fun run races and received help this year from the Healthy Teton County Coalition, an organization that is promoting healthy activities and lifestyles throughout the county.

Proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to the David R. Duffner Family Fund at Teton Banks-Choteau in memory of Melissa Duffner, 36, a Choteau emergency medical technician and mother of four who died last week from breast cancer.

 

One-mile Results

Top 10 finishers

1. Elsah Bechtold, 11, Choteau, 7:36

2. Percy Bechtold, 8, Choteau, 7:37

3. Hunter McGee, 8, Choteau, 9:20

4. Sue Gollehon, 66, Fairfield, 9:25

5. Rowen Maden, Bellingham, Wash., 7, 9:44

6. Rebecca Krueger, 40, Bellingham, Wash., 9:45

7. Bridget Kelly, 24, North Richland Hills, Texas, 9:59

8. Grant Hagen, 25, North Richland Hills, Texas, 10:01

9. Jordan Schroeder, 16, Fairfield, 10:46

10. Becky Hartman, 30, and Hannah Martin, 7, Choteau, 10:49

 

All Finishers

Men

Percy Bechtold, 8, Choteau, 7:37; Hunter McGee, 8, Choteau, 9:20; Grant Hagen, 25, North Richland Hills, Texas, 10:01; Jordan Schroeder, 16, Fairfield, 10:46; Justin Paulson, 39, Choteau; Karson McDonough, 5, Lolo; Bert Rice, 77, Choteau; Carter Maden, 40, Bellingham, Wash.; Roy Perleberg, 6, Portland, Ore.; Ken Davis, 49, Anaconda.

 

Women

Elsah Bechtold, 11, Choteau, 7:36; Sue Gollehon, 66, Fairfield, 9:25; Rowen Maden, Bellingham, Wash., 7, 9:44; Rebecca Krueger, 40, Bellingham, Wash., 9:45; Bridget Kelly, 24, North Richland Hills, Texas, 9:59; Becky Hartman, 30, and Hannah Martin, 7, 10:49, Choteau; Irene Britton, 61, Portland, Ore.; Tiffany Paulson, 34, Choteau; Ann Poulson, 3, Choteau; Leah Paulson, 7, Choteau; MacKenzie Jo Johnson, 9, Great Falls; Jean Schroeder, 45, Fairfield; Sage Maden, 4, Bellingham, Wash.; Meg Davis, 46, Portland, Ore.; Louise Chandler, 58, Anaconda.

 

5K Results

Men’s 0-40

1. Caleb Howard, 30, Norwalk, Conn., 20:10

2. Damon Anderson, Choteau, 39, 21:19

3. Kyle Cherry, 20, New Lenox, Ill., 23:01

4. Acton Snyder, 13, Townsend, 23:23

5. Watson Snyder, 14, Choteau, 23:59

6. Joe Gormley, 35, San Diego, Calif., 24:03

7. Griffin Lee, 14, Sun River, 25:46

8. Taylor Schroeder, 18, Vaughn, 26:13

9. Jeremiah Swanson, 39, Great Falls, 26:37

10. Kade McDonough, 8, Lolo, 26:48

11. Kent Mitchell, 29, Choteau, 27:52

12. Kayson Brown, Fairfield, 10, 28:15

13. Dillon Harrell, 9, Choteau, 28:52

14. Andrew Snyder, 28, Portland, Ore., 29:40

15. Caleb Swanson, 10, Great Falls, 30:31

16. Charles Hlavac, 29, Choteau, 31:39

17. Jeff Bangs, 30, Inverness, 31:40

18. Nathan Gunderson, 8, Choteau, 35:02

19. Kail Bouma, Fairfield, 39:21

20. Christopher Banka, 19, Shelby, 40:27

21. Isaak Brott, 29, Blaine, Minn., 53:10

22. Cayden Halverson, 8, Selah, Wash., 54:26

23. Jason Halverson, 37, Selah, Wash., 54:38.

 

Men’s 41 and older

1. Doug Cherry, 49, New Lenox, Ill., 19:49

2. Michael Mitchell, 55, Great Falls, 22:39

3. Randy Gramm, 55, Choteau, 22:55

4. Garth Benton, 53, Greenacres, Wash., 23:38

5. Chris Bechtold, 42, Choteau, 24:38

6. Rod Duty, 53, Choteau, 24:56

7. Rian Byung-Ho, Great Falls, 25:18

8. Phil Schroeder, 45, Vaughn, 26:08

9. Brett DeBruycker, 44, Dutton, 27:33

10. Rick Anderson, 42, Great Falls, 28:27

11. Kevin Snyder, 49, Townsend, 29:41

12. Bryan Larson, 51, Choteau, 30:54

13. Robert Sims, 73, Great Falls, 31:27

14. John Murnane, Choteau, 31:27

15. Ron Wiseman, 48, Stanford, 31:28

16. Carl Clark, 75, Great Falls, 37:45

17. Anthony Cornell, 45, Choteau, 38:13

18. James Snyder, 47, Phoenix, Ariz., 38:47

19. Wilbert Graf, 86, Great Falls, 39:14

20. Joe Brott, 60, Deer Lodge, 53:37

21. David Dellwo, 66, Choteau, 1:04:01

 

Women’s 0-40

1. Dusty Rixford, 39, Choteau, 23:06

2. Becca Dellwo, 27, Choteau, 23:09

3. Abby Lund, 38, Coronado, Calif., 24:31

4. Jenny Murnane, 20, Missoula, 25:25

5. Jen Brown, 36, Fairfield, 25:37

6. Callee Peebles, 27, Wilsall, 25:56

7. Lindy Troy, 33, 26:15

8. Katie Bangs, 30, Inverness, 26:34

9. Amanda Klinker, 24, Bluffdale, Utah, 26:47

10. Rauchele Richey, 26, Fort Worth, Texas, 26:58

11. Hannah Cherry, 13, New Lenox, Ill., 27:48

12. Deb Mitchell, 29, Choteau, 27:51

13. Jennifer Schenk, 39, Fairfield, 28:17

14. Shelby Schweigert, 12, Vaughn, 29:10

15. Kelcy Bouma, Fairfield, 38, 29:30

16. Tammy McGee, 35, Choteau, 29:32

17. Jessi Ellis, 34, Choteau, 30:19

18. Patty Troy, 33, Norwalk, Conn., 31:04

19. Violet Bechtold, 8, Choteau, 31:05

20. Cassidy DeBruycker, 14, Dutton, 31:05

21. Mary Miller, 15, Arlington, Texas, 31:06

22. Ginger Dailey, 31, Greenacres, Wash., 31:24

23. Maria Murnane, 14, Choteau, 31:26

24. Kyla Rasmussen, 26, Choteau, 31:33

25. Melissa Moyer, 29, Choteau, 31:34

26. Kaela Rosenbaum, 13, Clancy, 32:15

27. Emma Gunderson, 10, Choteau, 32:42

28. Kailyn Rowe, 24, Billings, 33:11

29. Kylee Dellwo, 30, Choteau, 33:23

30. Tobi Hlavnicka, 21, Vaughn, 34:27

31. Kaylee Bouma, 11, Fairfield, 34:31

32. Bethany Teunissen, 17, Elkhart Lake, Wis., 34:31

33. Claire Colburn, 26, Choteau, 35:07

34. Hannah Gunderson, 34, Selah, Wash., 35:38

35. Sainte Dale, 38, Fairfield, 36:31

36. Jessica Thompson, 33, Choteau, 38:10

37. Adriana Morales, 16, Colgate, Wash., 39:13

38. Rebecca Goldhahn, 24, Belgrade, 40:28

39. Stephanie Nelson, 24, Belgrade, 40:29

40. Sharon Miller, 38, Casper, Wyo., 47:00

41. Jenna Brott, 30, Blaine, Minn., 52:27

42. Ellen Hopper, 33, Brookings, S.D., 52:27

43. Annie Halverson, 6, Selah, Wash., 54:34

 

Women’s 41 and older

1. Kay DeBruycker, 45, Dutton, 25:38

2. Becky Cherry, 49, New Lenox, Ill., 26:14

3. Amy Mills, 43, Fairfield, 27:02

4. Tami Hirschfeld, 53, Choteau, 27:33

5. Shonie Anderson, 43, Choteau, 27:48

6. Angie Burk, 46, Choteau, 28:29

7. Michele Fitzgerald, 45, Bozeman, 28:48

8. Amy Bechtold, 43, Choteau, 30:01

9. Marlene Killion, 65, Great Falls, 30:09

10. Shirley Carrigan, 63, Great Falls, 30:40

11. Donna Sims, 71, Great Falls, 31:02

12. Janice Swanson, 62, Great Falls, 31:42

13. B.J. McNair, 60, Great Falls, 32:29

14. Chris Kerr, 60, Arlington, Texas, 34:45

15. Cathy Campbell, 53, Dutton, 35:07

16. Sara Lee, 51, Sun River, 35:17

17. Sheri Leys, 48, Billings 36:26

18. Gayle Harris, 63, Fairfield, 37:49

19. Melva Lorenz, 52, Colton, Calif., 37:49

20. Fava Evensen, 74, Choteau, 39:10

21. Gail Shauman, 51, Florida, 42:08

22. Phyllis Bechtold, 62, Godfrey, Ill., 42:30

23. Nancy Gunderson, 58, Choteau, 45:52

24. Anne Gormley, 68, Pierre, S.D., 53:56

25. Nancy Inglis, 67, Choteau, 1:04:01