Champs crowned in “Si of Relief” climb of North Bend’s Mount Si
NORTH BEND, Wash. – Peter Erickson of Seattle claimed top honors in the 2015 “Si of Relief Climb for Time”, Sunday, scaling North Bend’s Mount Si in just over 60 minutes.
Erickson, 27, running in his first timed mountain climb, scaled the 4,167-foot peak's popular climbing trail in 1 hour and 45 seconds, besting the second place finisher by 1 minute, 36 seconds.
The 4-mile, 3,700 vertical-foot, timed mountain climb attracted competitors from throughout the Puget Sound region.
“The experience was phenomenal,” Erickson, 27, a former University of Colorado rugby player told a group of some 20 spectators gathered at the finish line at the mountain’s summit plateau. “The competition was stiff. I’m breathing a sigh of relief it’s over,” he said.
Jim Sheehan and Mike McQuaid, both of the Washington Athletic Club, finished second and third overall.
Sheehan, a competitive masters-level runner and resident of Seattle’s Montlake neighborhood, took top honors in the 50+ masters category with a time of 1:02:21.
McQuaid, a recreational runner and resident of Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood, earned top honors in the 40+ masters category. He reached the plateau level of the Cascade foothills massif in 1:08:05.
Jim Lidell of Seattle was fourth overall, while Holli Smith of Redmond was the top women’s finisher.
The 2016 "Si of Relief Climb for Time is scheduled for Sunday, April 10, 2016 beginning at 9 a.m.
Si of Relief Climb for Time
Mount Si, North Bend, Wash.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
4 miles, 3,700 vertical feet
1. Peter Erickson (Independent) Seattle, Wash. 1:00:45
Men’s Masters 40+
1. Mike McQuaid (Washington Athletic Club) Seattle, Wash. 1:08:05
Men’s Masters 50+
1. Jim Sheehan (Washington Athletic Club) Seattle, Wash. 1:02:21
1. Holli Smith (Independent) Redmond, Wash.
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