More than 150 men, women and children gathered at Butte Park on Saturday morning for the annual Butte Challenge.

Exactly 217 people participated in the four different races — a 5K run, 5K walk, 10K run and a shorter Kid’s Butte Scoot — though only 114 of them completed their respective races. The 5K run was the most popular of the day, with 99 participants taking on the race with 61 finishing with an average time of 32:01 to finish the three mile course.

Angie Treadwell, a 41-year-old from Hermiston, was the overall 5K champion as she crossed the finish line in 20:35. She had a 28 second cushion on the second place finisher Melody Sanchez who finished at 21:03. Jaysen Rodriguez of Hermiston was the men’s 5K champion as he finished in 21:30, edging out Joe Hodge (21:31) who took second place.

In the 5K walk, 58 people began the race and 34 finished with Garrett Stone, of Hermiston, leading the pack with a time of 26:31, while Taylor Blackburn was second, Kristy Blackburn (30:59) third, Nick Jones (31:44) fourth, and Tamara Bock (35:01) was fifth.

And of the 19 finishers of the 10K race, Athena-native Stepahnie Hodgen claimed overall victory as the 33-year-old ran the race in 27:23, nearly four minutes ahead of second place finisher Jennifer Jensen (31:11) of Hermiston. Cairo Puzey of Calgary, Alberta, Canada was the men’s top finisher at 31:44, while Tommy Rivers Puzey (38:24) was second.

The annual event, which completed its 18th year this year, is a fund-raising event for the Hermiston cross country program to pay for travel costs and meet fees for the team. As of deadline on Tuesday. This year’s event raised about $3,000.

Full results can be found online by visiting


5K Run


1. Angie Treadwell (20:35)

2. Melody Sanchez (21:03)

3. Alaina Lemmon (23:49)

4. Sandra Aguilar (24:05)

5. Hailey Gardner (25:13)


1. Jaysen Rodriguez (21:30)

2. Joe Hodge (21:31)

3. Cody Radant (22:14)

4. Juan Sanchez (22:45)

5. Damian Carillo (22:49)

5K Walk


1. Taylor Blackburn (30:57)

2. Kristy Blackburn (30:59)

3. Tamara Bock (35:01)

4. Lynne Uitto (42:06)

5. Danita Smith (42:38)


1. Garrett Stone (26:31)

2. Nick Jones (31:44)

3. Wesley Carnahan (42:41)

4. Brad Knight (43:53)

5. John Ballard (49:26)

10K Run


1. Stephanie Hodgson (27:23)

2. Jennifer Jensen (31:11)

3. Katie Puzey Hendrickson (36:16)

4. Amy Puzey (38:49)

5. Rosa Holt (44:51)


1. Cairo Puzey (31:44)

2. Tommy Rivers Puzey (38:24)

3. Cameron Bendixsen (43:48)

4. Larry Palmer (49:48)

5. Wyatt Morris (49:53)

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