Mountain bikers at Big Sky Resort 50- and 30-milers

Wood River Valley moun-tain bike racers Eric Chizum, Kyle Rafford and Jedd Young competed Saturday, Aug. 24 at Big Sky Resort in Montana dur-ing the annual Big Ski Biggie geared race events.

Chizum, 40, of Hailey placed second of 55 male finishers in the 50-miler with a time of 4.30:42, measured at 11.1 miles per hour. He won the Men’s 40-49 class. The 50-mile men’s winner was Tanner Visnick, 22, of Steamboat Springs, Co. in 4.16:43.

Rafford, 51, of Ketchum fin-ished second in the Men’s 50-59 age class and 11th overall at 50 miles with a 5.19:21 time.

Ketchum’s Young, 37, placed second overall of 92 men in the 30-mile geared race with a time of 2.52:13. The winner was Lewis Elliott, 39, of Billings, Mt. in 2.41:11.

10-kilometer event added to Bellevue Labor Day Run/Walk

The 10th annual Bellevue Labor Day Celebration Fun Run and Walk Monday, Sept. 2 at 9 a.m. is offering a new 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) event for the first time, to go with the traditional 5k (3.1-mile) course that circulates through Bellevue. Visit to sign up.

All proceeds from the low-key, family fun event are di-rected to the Bellevue Fire De-partment Burnout Fund. That fund is used to provide imme-diate help for victims of a house fire, pending insurance settlement.

Pets and strollers are wel-come. So are small kids on bi-cycles. The course starts and finishes at Bellevue Memorial Park. It goes down the bike path and along Bay Horse, Quarterhorse and Muldoon Canyon roads, through Ridge View Drive and Elm St. back to the park. An aid station will be provided at Chestnut and Bay Horse.

Ski pioneer Pepi Gram-shammer passes away in Vail

Austrian ski legend Pepi Gramshammer, 87, a member of the powerful Austrian ski team of the 1950s, passed away Aug. 17 in his beloved Vail, Co., according to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

Gramshammer, born at Kuf-stein, Austria in 1932, finished his amateur ski racing career for Austria in 1960 and moved to Sun Valley to work as a ski instructor for Austrian Sigi Engl, Sun Valley’s Ski School director.

He joined the new U.S. Pro-fessional Ski Tour and became the circuit’s top racer in 1962. That same year, he was ap-proached by developers of the new Vail ski resort and moved there, quickly becoming the resort’s Ski Ambassador.

Gramshammer, besides be-ing a frequent companion of President Gerald Ford at the Vail “Western White House,” was instrumental in boosting Vail as a site of World Cup ski racing and the Alpine World Championships. The Hotel Gas-thof Grammshammer and Pepi Sports in Vail Village bear his name.

Sun Valley Endurance Runs coming Sept. 13-14 to Baldy

A first-time event on Baldy, the inaugural Sun Valley En-durance Runs on 50-kilometer (31-mile) and 27k courses (16.7-mile) courses are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14, preceded on Friday evening by 1.5-mile and 0.75-mile kids’ races. All courses will start and finish at Sun Valley Resort’s Warm Springs Plaza.

Visit ce-runs for more details.

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