Chizum captures Pierre’s Hole 50 race at Targhee

Ketchum’s Eric Chizum, 40, kept pushing the mountain bike envelope Saturday, Aug. 3 with a Men’s Open Pro victory in the 50-kilometer (31-mile) event of the Pierre’s Hole mountain bike event at Grand Targhee in eastern Idaho.

Chizum led all 65 racers in the Men’s Open Pro class with a time of 2.40:14. He outraced the runner-up biker by nine minutes. Placing ninth in the 50k class was Jedd Young, 37, in 3.02:45. In all, there were 230 finishers at 31 miles.

Also contested at Targhee was the 100-kilometer (62-mile) race. Hailey’s Brad Walker, 37, placing 18th among the Open Men in 7.08:07. Earning a podium spot in third place among Men’s Masters 50-plus 100k racers was Kyle Rafford, 52, with a 6.28:16 clocking. There were 116 finishers at 100k.

Pat McCormick, 34, also finished the 100k in 7.27:24.


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.

Although the holiday gathering at Bellevue Memorial Park is still over three weeks away, the entry deadline is Monday, Aug. 12 to reserve your t-shirt size ahead of time.

Register by Monday at a cost of $25 per person for the 5k and $35 for 10k. Visit to sign up.

All proceeds from the low-key, family fun event are directed to the Bellevue Fire Department Burnout Fund. That fund is used to provide immediate help for victims of a house fire, pending insurance settlement.

Pets and strollers are welcome. So are small kids on bicycles. 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.


Outerbike’s first year in Sun Valley called a success

Hundreds of mountain bikers took part in the Sun Valley debut of Outerbike bike demo event during June.

Owned and operated by Western Spirit Cycling Adventures, the event at the River Run base of Baldy attracted 346 entries, according to a press release. Cyclists had the chance to test-ride the latest bikes and gear on some of the world’s best bike trails.

“We’re happy to see such a good turnout for this first year in Sun Valley and we’re looking forward to drawing more people in 2020,” said Mark Sevenoff, Outerbike co-founder.

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