Some really do like it hot. Go ahead and count elite Missoula runner Trisha Drobeck among them.

Just weeks after her 32nd birthday, the recently married former Trisha Miller braved the heat Sunday morning and shattered the course record in winning her second women’s open division of the Missoula Marathon.

Drobeck, who has called Missoula home since starting at the University of Montana in 1998, paid little attention to the sweltering July temperatures and crossed the finish line in two hours, 49 minutes, 47.8 seconds with a twirl and a pump of her right fist.

Drobeck added to her Missoula Marathon trophy collection after winning the 2010 race.

Her time easily eclipsed the previous course best of 2:57.44, set by Annie Thiessen of Tacoma, Wash., in 2009.

Afterward, Drobeck admitted that setting the low mark in the sixth year of the Garden City’s annual running showcase was her goal all along.

“Since about February I’ve been focusing on this race,” said Drobeck. “I’ve been doing a lot more speed work, a lot more miles each week and just trained really hard. I really had that course record in the back of my mind since 2010. So I was definitely thinking about that and that was my goal today.”

Not only did Drobeck set the standard, she also iced her competition. Runner-up Erica Schramm finished nearly 14 minutes behind at 3:03.13.0.

Bryanna Gondeiro was third at 3:11.39.7, followed by Holly Orrell at 3:12.33.8 and Ashley Schroeder at 3:14.19.9.

“I love this race, I love this town and to come here and be No. 1 today and set a course record is more than I could have hoped for,” said Drobeck.

Corvallis native and current Missoula resident Collin Fehr was the men’s full marathon champion after holding off a late push from fellow Garden City harrier Jimmy Grant.

Fehr turned in the third-fastest time ever for a men’s participant by breaking the tape in 2:32.39.6 and adding a first pump of his own.

Grant, a local favorite who garnered his second consecutive runner-up performance, crossed with an ear-to-ear grin in 2:33.39.7, breaking his personal best in the Missoula Marathon by nearly two minutes.

“Any day that you come across the line before Jimmy Grant is a good day,” joked Fehr, who played basketball at Montana Tech and tennis at UM before turning his focus to running. “He’s just an outstanding runner.”

Matt Shyrock won the men’s half marathon with an official time of 1:09:51.3, edging Casey Jermyn’s course record of 1:09.52 set in 2008.

Recent high school graduate Chiara Warner, a two-time State B cross country champion from Townsend, won the women’s half in 1:21:59.3.

Missoula Hellgate senior Adam Peterman took third in the men’s half, while Mike Bresson of Spokane set a men’s masters division half-marathon record, finishing second overall and winning the event for the second year in a row at 1:11:20.7.

2012 Missoula Marathon

Men’s top 10 – 1, Collin Fehr, 2:32.39.6; 2, Jimmy Grant, 2:33.39.7; 3, Brian Cooke, 2:44.50.7; 4, Marc Bergman, 2:47.18.5; 5, Robert Miles, 2:48.52.2; 6, Derek Kanwischer, 2:49.00.9; 7, Heath Wiltse, 2:50.07.1; 8, Jeffrey Beal, 2:50.07.7; 9, Matthew Urbanski, 2:50.13.0; 10, Matt Choquette, 2:52.35.1.

Women’s top 10 – 1, Trisha Drobeck, 2:49.47.8; 2, Erica Schramm, 3:03.13.0; 3, Bryanna Gondeiro, 3:11.39.7; 4, Holly Orrell, 3:12.33.8; 5, Ashley Schroeder, 3:14.19.9; 6, Angel Hudson, 3:16.02.0; 7, Joan Klostreich, 3:17.49.7; 8, Julie Bertoia, 3:18.28.5; 9, Vesta Coufal, 3:20.14.4; 10, Sarah Larue, 3:20.48.9.

Men’s half-marathon – 1, Matt Shyrock, Missoula, 1:09:51.3; 2, Mike Bresson, Spokane, 1:11:20.7; 3, Adam Peterman, Missoula, 1:13:49.8; 4, Jacob Naegeli, Trout Creek, 1:14.06.0; 5, Devin Cowan, Bozeman, 1:14.07.3; 6, Michael Western, Waverly, Iowa, 1:16.29.9; 7, Kyle McNaught-Davis, Spokane, 1:16.46.2; 8, Chris Morlan, Spokane, 1:17.57.3; 9, Andy Lefriec, Spokane, 1:18.12.5; 10, Sancho Ridesatthedoor, Helena, 1:19:39.8.

Women’s half-marathon – 1, Chiara Warner, Townsend, 1:21.59.3; 2, Kath Hardcastle, Corvallis, 1:22:31.2; 3, Emily Shertzer, Jonestown, Penn., 1:23.26.0; 4, Meg Lerch, Missoula, 124.25.6; 5, Paige Gilchrist, Missoula, 1:26.56.4; 6, Carly Holman, Missoula, 1:27.20.0; 7, Darr Tucknott, Nissoula, 1:27.58.5; 8, Brooke Andrus, Missoula, 1:28.34.0; 9, Julie Gilchrist, Missoula, 1:30.35.0; 10, Scarlet Kaplan, Arlee, 1:30.57.7.

(13) comments

Alan Johnson
Alan Johnson

I loved running when in my 20s. I ran several of the old "Banker" races from Milltown to Kiwanis Park. Permanent disability prevents me from doing it now in my 60s. I'm all for a good marathon. But I don't think it's impossible to make it easier for people like Jon or ahill. I hope the race organizers take some of these complaints and see if some simple adjustments might avoid problems for people just trying to use the roads for their normal routine. Obviously there have to be some temporary closures here and there, but I bet reasonable alternatives could be found for drivers.

Tracker
Tracker

What a shame that we have become intolerant of the slightest inconvenience (not that having your car towed is only an inconvenience).

Way to go, runners! I admire your discipline and I'll happily take a short detour around you once a year.

missoula89
missoula89

Gracious, you know about the race a year in advance. It is not news that there would be 5,000 runners on the road and closures. Next year it is July 14th, so maybe you can plan to not be in town that weekend. Most races in town have articles in the Missoulian or something on the news about parking and closures. The City and RWM do an amazing job at hosting the marathon and it is my favorite weekend! Can't wait till next year!

missoula88
missoula88

Gracious, everyone knew about the race for a year in advance. It's not like it was news that there would be 5,000 people running on the road and there would be closures. Next year it is July 14, so maybe you should plan to be out of town that weekend.

The City of Missoula and Run Wild Missoula are AWESOME and this is my favorite weekend of the year! Can't wait til next year!

lovemissoula
lovemissoula

Jon and ahill72, i challenge you to run either the half or the full marathon next year. join run wild missoula and sign up for one of their training classes. it is funner that you can imagine. it's hard to explain the feeling one gets from being part of a great community celebration. stop complaining and start participating!

ahill72
ahill72

You've missed my point. I, too, love Missoula and often celebrate the community and participate in community events and activities. In fact the marathons all run right through the middle of my neighborhood. Each time, my wife and I go out and watch the runners while we have our morning coffee. I have no desire to run, and due to a disability, I am not able to run. I do, however, mountain bike, hike, fish, etc. Just this weekend I hiked 20 miles round trip with a 50 lb pack. Exercise is not the issue...not at all. My ONLY issue with the marathons in Missoula is the lack of forethought by those putting it on and/or the City of the Missoula where traffic is concerned. I can't begin to tell you how many times I have found myself stuck on one side of town with no way to get to the other without a detour a mile or more to the north or south. And the time when my car was stolen was absolutely unacceptable. All I'm suggesting is better planning. Would I like to help with that? You bet! I'd be more than happy to volunteer as much of my time as it would take to come up with a better solution. So far my offers to do so have fallen on deaf ears. I say, "run, Missoula, run!"...just do it a little more to one side or the other, please.

walter12
walter12

It was very pleasant to see some healthy people who are not fat, in this town yesterday.

ahill72
ahill72

Sheesh you two. Let me put it to you this way...I am VERY physically active, love tourism, support our community, etc. But better planning on the part of the city would be appreciated. Yesterday they blocked off both lanes of a stretch of 3rd street preventing me from getting to my own home. Why both lanes? Two years ago I was parked over a block outside the no parking area for the Riverbank Run. When I went to get in my car it was gone. The city & YMCA had it towed six blocks away and dumped. I was never notified and only figured out what happened after I called 911, reported my car stolen (because I thought it had been), and Missoula police officers located it. I just think there needs to be better planning on that end of things for these runs. Other than that I am all for them.

MsConcerned
MsConcerned

Oh come on Jon. The Missoula Marathon brings tourists and their money into Missoula. It's is a celebration of community and healthy living. Drivers will survive, maybe even some could get out of their car and just enjoy the event for a day.

Roger
Roger

You've got to be joking - nobody in their right mind would waste their time watching joggers slog down the street. Jon_w is right - quit blocking off the streets for this absurd event.

Amanda Lipsey
Amanda Lipsey

Um, Jon_w, the marathon is scheduled over a year in advance and you'd have to live under a rock to not know that streets across the route will be affected until about 2pm on the ONE Sunday a year that Missoula has a marathon. As a runner this morning, I thank the city for welcoming us (and I'm a resident here too), all the volunteers for making such a wonderful event, and the Missoula PD for crowd and traffic control. Next year instead of complaining, why don't you come and join us by running or volunteering and see what a real community event is all about.

ahill72
ahill72

Jon I couldn't agree more. My wife and I had to drive a full mile and a half out of our way to get to our house this morning after what was supposed to be a quick run to the store.

Jon_w
Jon_w

It was nice seei ng the runners this morning, but they should not have been allowed to interfer with auto traffic at all.

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