By Micah Drew

Faces of the Fifty

Seeley Ultra Grows, Thrives


Micah Drew, Pathfinder

Tor Gormundsen, a 53-year-old from Helena, smiles after winning the 50K in 4:24:19. Gormundsen was the second oldest man in the race and beat runners less than half his age.

SEELEY LAKE - Six miles up Rice Ridge Road, a line of vehicles slowed to a stop. Dirt roads spread out to the left and right until they disappeared in to the trees along the ridge.

Race Coordinator Chris Stout emerged from the lead vehicle and began giving instructions. Behind him, several people opened car doors and carried out coolers, water jugs and milk crates filled with various foods.

In the crisp not-yet-above-60-degree air, volunteers set up an aid station-the first of four along the 50-kilometer (30-mile) course.

The second annual Seeley Lake 50K was underway.

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