OGDEN -- A broken bike chain almost caused Nick Fisher to pull out of the fourth annual Hurt in the Dirt trail run and bike race at Fort Buenaventura on Saturday.
The event sponsored by the GOAL Foundation, based in Ogden, drew about 500 participants to three events.
"I almost pulled out and quit, but I just got the mentality that I just needed to finish," said Fisher, 27, of Ogden.
The bike chain break happened during the first lap of the race. It set Fisher behind about seven minutes. But Fisher persevered and coasted into first place, finishing in about 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Fisher said during the last lap of the race he just kept thinking, "All I want is a beer."
Fisher passed Weston Woodward, 32, of Ogden, in the middle of the third bike lap. Woodward ended up taking second place.
The Hurt in the Dirt dualathon took place Saturday morning, drawing about 150 athletes. Athletes participated individually or as two-person teams in the race that included a 20-mile bike race and 6 1/2-mile trail run.
The twisting course was designed by Greg Scothern, husband of Jenny Scothern, who is executive director of the GOAL Foundation. It took racers through sand, mud, a forest, over hills and logs as well as through the Weber River.
The morning began with a "Skirt in the Dirt" 5K trail run with close to 350 women runners participating.
More women are competing in marathons and half-marathons each year, Jenny Scothern said.
Lee Labrum, 47, of Millville, took first place overall in the "Skirt in the Dirt" race. The mother of six and grandmother of one took up running 10 years ago. She said she got tired of running on roads and then started running on trails.
"I love running trails and there are no trail races, but I love this trail," said Labrum.
Labrum said the obstacles, which included rocks and logs, made the race challenging.
Kate Weil, 16, of Ogden, took second place overall. She said she had no idea how difficult it would be.
"The stairs was the hardest part," she said.
Sarah Hayward, 42, of Syracuse, agreed.
The first time going down the long, steep staircase was hard, but the mind started playing games with runners as they approached them on the next lap.
"Knowing those stairs were coming up was hard," Hayward said.
Hayward was part of team "Achilles' Heal."
The team, which consisted of six women, chose the name because "we've all had problems with our Achilles at one time or another and they're all healing," Hayward said.
They dressed in togas, wearing wreaths around their heads.
One team chose to wear pink T-shirts, tutus and tiaras to bring awareness for melanoma and to show support for Debbie Esterak of Austin, Texas, who did not run the race.
Esterak, 43, had surgery on her knee Monday to remove melanoma that was discovered three weeks ago and was unable to run the race. She traveled to Utah to show support to her team, consisting of friends, nieces and her sister, Dr. Christine Nefcy, chief medical officer at McKay-Dee Hospital.
"Remember to wear sunscreen," Nefcy said to those in line to get treats after finishing the run.