Anne Lundblad won her second Black Mountain Marathon in a time of 3:54. Anne is also three-time winner and course record holder of the 40 mile Mt. Mitchell Challenge. She decided to mix things up this year in what turned out to be a wise decision. Both races encountered the worst conditions in the history of the event, especially those going for the 40 mile distance. Dwight Shuler also ran a tough race finishing just seconds ahead of Anne and placing 7th OA.
Mark Lundblad won the 40 mile race and had this to say:
"I was lucky enough to get through bouts of shivering (possible hypothermia) and feeling the coldest and most miserable I've ever felt in a race to get the win in 5:10. Jonathan Basham was right behind me running strong to get 2nd OA in 5:21. We started and finished with a steady rain but the rain was snow turned a mile from the summit. Temps varied from 40's down in Black Mountain to the low 30's and 50 mph gusts on the 6,684 summit, resulting in ten athletes requiring evacuation from the top and the highest attrition rate in the history of the event. I'm still trying to get my core temp back up. I saw lots of Inov-8 shoes out there. Great job everyone."