Bruce Miller and Kate Caldwell proved to be the most adept at challenging the rugged Babcock Gristmill Grinder Saturday.
Miller, of Bruceton Mills, covered the 13.1-mile course at Babcock State Park in 1 hour, 33 minutes, 19.8 seconds to pace the large field of participants to the finish line.
Caldwell of Fayetteville led the female finishers with a clocking of 1:49:54.4.
“It was a picture perfect day for the Grinder,” said Donnie Hudpseth, race director. “This year (there was) lots of sunshine and smiles on faces of runners and walkers.
“Special thanks to Babcock State Park and all the volunteers that lended a hand to make this event a success again this year.”
Runner-up in the men’s race was David May (1:39:19.4) and third place went to Christopher Simmons (1:40:53.6).
Second place woman was Fayetteville’s Jamie Fields (1:55:27.5) and third place was taken by Jamie Knight (1:55:43.8).
Other local finishers included Fayetteville’s Haynes Mansfield who was 11th in 1:48:16.9, Fayetteville’s Stewart Caldwell (15th, 1:51:32.3), Oak Hill’s Matthew Bailey (26th, 1:56:12.2), and Robson’s Richard Young (31st, 1:57:33.2).
Local race sponsors included: Pies and Pints, Water Stone Outdoors, Active Fitness Center, In Shape MD, New River Climbing School, Hemlock Haven Luxurious Log Cabins, Quality Inn & Suites, Opossum Creek Retreat, ACE Adventure Resort and Road ID.
For results, visit www.gristmillgrinder.com.