From: Gina Evans, Butte 100 Race Director
I am retiring from my position as Race Director of the Butte 100 Races, September 15. I have given 11 Months each for the past 11 years to this race and have been instrumental in developing the race to what it is today. The first race had 41 riders and this year we had 350. From humble beginnings and much work come great outcomes.
After 11 years, I am ready for a new challenge. I’ll still be living in Butte owning and running Linked Adventures. I’m also going to be a Field Representative for a research company in Missoula that is developing concussion testing. I have a vested interest in this because of the head injury I suffered during a hit and run on my bike in 2010. I have had previous concussions in my sports career.
I’m forever grateful to my parents Mary and Dave Evans for the amazing support not only in life, but with the Butte 100 Races. They have been helping all 11 years in many facets of the race, not only on race day but weeks leading up.
A most heartfelt thank you to Stephanie Sorini for purchasing the Butte 100 two years ago and now moving forward with the 12th Annual in 2018. I have been assisting with permits and sending inquiries to Stephanie allowing the race to have another awesome successful season. Also, a special thank you to Bob and Gwen Waggoner who owned the race the first nine years. It was Bob who asked me to be Race Director and take his ultimate dream and putting Butte on the map for a national mountain bike race.
Stay tuned to where the next ride will take me. THANK YOU everyone each and every Sponsor, Crew Member, countless numbers of Neon Army Volunteers, those with USFS (Jocelyn Dodge, Dave Sabo) BLM (Brad Colin), and the race Safety Team ( Jefferson Valley EMS, supported by Butte SAR)
It’s all downhill!
New Race Director Len Janson
Len Janson is a retired Petroleum Engineer and a Butte native. Following his graduation from Montana Tech in 1977, he and his wife Lynn traveled the world while Len was employed by Phillips 66. After 35 years in the oil industry, he retired in 2012 and they returned to Butte.
Len is an avid cyclist and enjoys riding just about anything with pedals. He has competed in many cycling events such as The Hotter-n-hell 100 in Texas, The Enchanted Circle Tour in New Mexico, Bike Across Kansas, FreeWheel in Oklahoma, and the Ride the Divide from West Yellowstone to West Glacier. In 2015 he completed a bike trip from Astoria, Washington, to Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Obviously, Len has a love for cycling. But he and his wife also have a love for Butte. He is looking forward to having an opportunity to combine both and is excited to be involved with the Butte100.