This article has been superseded by this one which is updated each year with the latest results: http://www.leathermansloop.org/index.php/site/comments/leathermans_loop_results_summary/
For the 22 years the Leatherman’s Loop has been run, there have been two slightly different courses. Plus one “detour” course used for one year due to heavy rains.
The initial course, a slightly shorter course, was run from 1987-1992. In 1993, the course was changed to its current layout.
The new course replaced the “log crossing” with the first river crossing when the log that served as an ad-hoc bridge tumbled into the river and was swept away (not during the Loop, thankfully). The new course also bypassed “The Pit” which is a sand hill just before the water stop. A rare plant species was identified near the base of the pit sand climb and the park officials and loop organizers deemed it prudent to let the plant grow in peace.
One year, 2007, the Splashdown (second stream crossing) was rerouted over dry land. The river had such a high water level due to days of rain prior to (and during) the Loop that the currents were thought too dangerous to cross at that point. This one-year-only change added approximately ~0.2miles to the course in 2007. In 2008 the course was restored to its proper length.
Tommy Nohilly has finished first in four Loops, including the most recent one. He has won 4 out of the past 5 Loops.
Kerry Arsenault has finished first in a record six Loops, starting in 1994. She just missed a seventh last year, coming second after Kristin Simonsen. Kerry also holds the current course record (44:50) for the women’s division.
Mountain runner Dave Dunham holds the overall course record (36:51). Other multiple Loop winners include Andy Moffatt (2), David Litoff (2), and Gerry Sullivan (2). Cindy Davis is the only other woman to win multiple Loops. She won the first three Loops held (1987-1989).
Joe Stanley won the first Leatherman’s Loop in 1987, beating a field of 98 starters. Joe is registered to run this year (2009) and has run in every Leatherman’s Loop since the beginning. If you see him (wearing Bib #23, along with Rick Hubbell, the only other 23-timer) congratulate him on his notable feat!
The top finishers are listed below. At the very bottom of the article is a link to all of the online results.
UPDATE: 2009 Winners have been added. Times were a bit longer than usual, most likely caused by the 90 degree heatwave – another loop record and about 40 degrees above normal for a typical late April morning.
* Short Course Record
** Current Course Record
*** Long Course (detour around splashdown) Record
For access to all of our results online, click here to access our archived results page.
Also check the Category Archive under “Results” to see additional results from the archives.