Craig Leon and Lauren Johnson win Butte to Butte 10K


eventIt wasn’t a long journey for Eugene native Craig Leon, a world-travelled runner who made it back-to-back wins in the Butte to Butte, one of just 15 ever multi-champions in the race.

“It’s always nice to wake up in your bed, roll out of your house and jog up to the start line. It’s a much nicer routine than traveling somewhere, I will say that,” Leon said to the Register Guard.

Leon crossed the finish line with a winning time of 31 minutes and 45 seconds, though 26 seconds slower than last year’s time was good enough to get him a win over second place finisher Matthew Bailey.

Lauren Johnson was the top female finisher in the event, coming in with a final time of 35:56. The Oregon Track Club runner just edged past Morgan Haws by four seconds to claim the top spot while running her first ever 10K road race.

“I was really nervous because I was like ‘I’ve never done this before,’ I didn’t know what to expect, and of course the first mile is uphill,” said Johnson.

Top Results From the Butte to Butte

10k Men   10k Women
Craig Leon 31:45 Lauren Johnson 35:56
Matthew Bailey 32:23 Morgan Haws 36:00
Brian Eimstad 32:46 Brett Ely 37:08
Robert McLauchlan 33:16 Renee Gordon 37:19
Levi Thomet 33:16 Maggie Schmaedick 38:17
5k Men   5k Women
Michael Donawa 16:38 Jenna Anderson 19:57
Jacob Truitt 17:19 Jennifer Federov 20:59
Jared Storts 18:25 Kelly Kvaal 21:22
Angel Goemaere 19:20 Kylee O’Connor 21:25
German Rosas 20:09 Lynn Swanson 21:48

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