By Ron Gosnell
Local runner and Lyons High graduate Kathleen "Kati" Gosnell, 38, finished third among all women racers in the June 16, Glacier National Park Montana Half Marathon, with a time of 1:33:56.5, and was 17th overall in a field of 1816 men and women finishers.
Winning runner Sam Read of Bozeman, MT finished at 1:13:30.7; second was Constantine Matsakis from Ellicott City, MD, seconds later. The top female runner Samantha Witt of Midlothian, VA, ran a 1:30:30.7 pushed by second place Marina Paul of Minneapolis, MN, 1.5 seconds behind.
The race was one of this year's National Park Vacation Series half marathon races (13.1 miles or 21 kilometers) near and including Zion, Yosemite, Grand Teton, Great Smokey Mountains, Mount Rushmore, Joshua Tree plus five other great American National Parks. Gosnell runs Lyons area roads and trails almost daily for conditioning and a one hour + fast-pace Lyons traverse is not unusual.
Lyons firefighter and EMT Allan Sheeley also competed in the race with Gosnell, and both friends enjoyed the local culture at Cut Bank and then East Glacier Park Village, before spending a day exploring Glacier's breathtaking beauty. They returned home to Lyons early in the week.