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2007 Montana Cup Hall of Fame

Ray Hunt

The aged Ray Hunt clenching his Butte team's 2005 Masters' Cup.

On Saturday, October 27th, 2007, rick Judge made the following announcement at the Montana Cup Awards Ceremony. . .


ďI am pleased to report that the Montana Cup Hall of Fame members have selected a 2007 Inductee by unanimous vote (this could be the first time that John Hartpence, Robert Sowers, and rick Judge have unanimously agreed on anything -- by contrast, the other HOF member, Nicole Hunt, is a very agreeable person).  In a moment, I think youíll see why this yearís decision was an easy one.


Letís start with attendance.  This individual has run in every Montana Cup race except one -- an astonishing (and record) total of fifteen races.  ...he has served as a team organizer [ten] times.  
Not only has he shown up more consistently than anyone else, he has shown up in style.  A cursory review of the results shows that he has finished in the top-10 ten times.  In 1998, he won the race outright, and the next year he enjoyed being a part of Team Bozeman's historic first dethroning of Missoula's men at the Montana Cup.

 

Butte's Ray Hunt cruising to the finish in fourth place at the 2006 Montana Cup in Butte

In 2006, he served as co-race director for the most spectacular Montana Cup in history, and raced to fourth place overall in an extremely competitive field.  In doing so, he captured his second straight individual masterís title, and led the Butte squad to their second straight menís masterís team victory.


One of the criteria for selection as a Hall of Fame member is to have improved the event itself.  This individual has done that time and again, and in every capacity imaginable.  In addition to shaping the race into one of the most fun, innovative, and anticipated events of the year, he created the whole damn thing!   

 

Obviously, the person I am talking about is Mr. Ray Hunt.  Please join me in congratulating Ray for his well-deserved induction into the Montana Cup Hall of Fame . . .Ē <the crowd goes wild>
 

Montana Cup Co-Founders

(L to R):

Ray Hunt and Diamond Jim.

In his own words: "I can think of few higher honors than this induction. Montana Cup Day is my annual holiday, and nothing short of oblivion prevents me from celebrating it. My brain floods daily with thoughts of the Montana Cup, and that's okay, because obsession is a good thing when channeled properly. 

 

"I have to give credit where credit is due. I co-found the 'Cup' with my old pal, Diamond Jim, back in '92, and DJ and I intended to provide Montanans with an opportunity for open-division team XC. Today, it really bothers me when people (those who can remember that far back) refer to the meet as, 'Ray's race.'  It wasn't about me or my ego, and that is why I previously evaded nomination for this hall of fame, but it seems that I can no longer avoid it. John Hartpence summed up my predicament well when he wrote 'I don't think Ray can resist his entry into the HOF.  He created this monster... how can he deny his own rules?!?' So my thought is to 'relax and enjoy.' My dream is that the Cup will continue to unite Montana's runners long after I am done and forgotten."

Ray Huntís Montana Cup History

Year

Location

Ind. Place Overall

Team Place (pts)

Ind. Place Masters

Masters' Team Place (pts)

Notes

2016 Bozeman 86 7 (169) 19 Inc. Team  
2015 Helena 25 4 (118) 2 2 (49)  
2014 Missoula 63 7 (176) 18 4 (109)  
2013 Butte 20 5 (110) 4 2 (66) Co-Meet Director with Diamond Jim
2012 Kalispell 25 6 (153) 3 4 (69)  

2011

Great Falls

24 5 (120) 4 3 (79)  
2010

Billings

DNC 5 (114) NA 4 (87)

Fractured patella

2009

Bozeman

5 3 (81) 1 1 (22)

 

2008

Helena

4 4 (101) 1 4 (70)

 

2007

Missoula

15

5 (103)

2

3 (64)

Diamond Jim returns for Cup, only to mysteriously disappear again on the streets of Missoula

2006

Butte

4

6 (95)

1

1 (29)

Co-Meet Director with Wife, Nicole    

Old friend Diamond Jim leaves meet with Team Helena

2005

Kalispell

7

3 (68)

1

1 (29)

Co-Organized Camp Waterloo to form Masters' Cup rules

2004

Great Falls

7

5 (106)

NA

NA

Advised Montana's Governor Martz in her decision to strip the P-A-T from the first name of Helena's "rick" Judge as punishment for Judge previewing the Montana Cup course.

2003

Billings

3

5 (104)

NA

NA

 

2002

Bozeman

4

3 (74)

NA

NA

 

2001

Helena

2

3 (65)

NA

NA

On Helena's committee to define Montana Cup Mission Statement

2000

Helena

3

4 (77)

NA

NA

Moved back to Butte region and became Butte's team organizer

1999

Butte

9

1 (34)

NA

NA

Member of first team ever to defeat Missoula

1998

Butte

1

2 (37)

NA

NA

 

1997

Butte

13

2 (50)

NA

NA

Moved to Bozeman and became Bozeman's team organizer; Married super-fast-girl Nicole Murray

1996

Butte

12

4 (100)

NA

NA

 

1995

Missoula

13

5 (125)

NA

NA

Meet Director

1994

Missoula

7

Inc. Team

NA

NA

Meet Director

1993

Missoula

DNC

NA

NA

NA

Meet Director, temporarily retired from running due to injury

1992

Missoula

27

Inc. Team

NA

NA

Co-Founded meet with old friend Diamond Jim;

$1 entry fee, paid $80 for two trophies, negative $11 net profit; Ran for home team - Butte