Mere seconds separated the top finishers for Saturday’s race up Warm Springs to the top of Baldy as Johnny Hagenbuch, 18, beat Karl Schulz, 22, by a hair to take the 42nd Sturtevants Baldy Hill Climb.
Hagenbuch’s time of 37 minutes, 25 seconds was three seconds faster than Schulz, who finished at 37:28.
Coming in one minute later was Peter Holmes, 24, who took third with 38:23.
Ketchum iron man—and all time leader with 10 wins—Miles Fink-Debray, 32, came in moments later with a time of 38:23. This was Fink-Debray’s 20th BHC event.
All three top finishers—Hagenbuch, Schulz and Holmes—are cross-country skiers and members of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation.
On the women’s side, SVCS graduate Annika Landis, 22, took top honors with a time of 45:59 with Sarah Goble, 23, coming in second with 46:00. Elliot Singer, 18, took third with 47:14.
Both Landis and Goble are also SVSEF team members.
Earlier in the year, Singer posted the victory in the Standhope Ultra Challenge 30k footrace.
This year’s Winning Family Team was the Lloyd/Woods Family, which was composed of David and Rachel and their two sons, Thijs and Cody. Their aggregated time was 3:08:36.
A total 163 men and women completed the 1.86-mile, 3,140-vertical-foot course.
The two course records of Miles Havlick (35:04) and Morgan Arritola (39:53) remain intact.
The annual BHC is hosted by the SVSEF with all proceeds benefitting the SVSEF Youth Ski and Snowboard programs.
This year’s BHC was different than in the past.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the 2020 version of the BHC worked on a more basic format with only the foot climb competition. There was neither a bike race nor Baldy Cheeso Double. There was also no hike or race class separation.
For full results including historical records of the Baldy Hill Climb, visit mtexpress.com today.
*This story has been updated to reflect that Johnny Hagenbuch is not a senior at Sun Valley Community School.