Friday night, Joseph Goetz was in Cincinnati at a Tool concert - by his own admission, "bouncing around" in the mosh pit much of the time. Arriving back home in Chattanooga at 4:45 this morning, he made it out to the Bragg Reservation and won the John Bruner Memorial Missionary Road Race.
Goetz, 26, has won a number of area races but had never run the hilly 4.7-mile event before today. He won in 25 minutes, 31 seconds.
Similarly, recent University of Tennessee at Chattanooga graduate Sabrina Lefort, 22, won the Missionary Ridge race on her first try. She was the first female finisher and 19th overall in 31:01, one minute ahead of Jan Gautier, who had won eight of the past 10 years. Gautier was the women's masters winner and 24th overall in 32:01, and Tim Ensign was the men's masters winner and fourth overall in 26:29.
Nick Selbow, 30, was second overall.