The winner of today’s 33rd Annual Palm Springs Aerial Tram Road Challenge was Mark Donaldson, who ran the “World’s Toughest 6K” in 34 minutes, 25 seconds. The first female to cross the finish line was Amanda Sellers in 40 minutes, 50 seconds.  Sophia Herrera, finished first in the youngest category (6 and under) and Bill Bell, age 95, finished first in the oldest category (90-120).

This year’s Female and Male Challenge Division Winners are:

Age Groups Name Time
6 and under Sophia Herrera 01:24:14
7-10 Richard Olivares 00:35:06
Leah Richardson 01:06:32
11-14 Kaelan James 00:39:53
Fatima Casteneda 00:50:31
15-19 Fabian Varelas 00:33:25
Naibe Wuelas 00:41:48
20-24 Dominick Servin 00:43:28
Philine Endres 00:45:58
25-29 John Sisser 00:37:48
Lauren Manthei 00:42:40
30-34 Justin Henderson 00:38:26
S. Cronshaw 00:40:54
35-39 Jesse Huskey 00:41:13
Christine Soskins 00:41:46
40-44 Steve McGrath 00:37:17
Teresa Kochel 00:44:14
45-49 Marc Tiritilli 00:38:36
Julie Vila 00:48:06
50-54 Damon Bradshaw 00:36:01
Sheila Carlson 00:45:44
55-59 Juan Alvarado 00:38:29
Sheryl Whyte 00:46:26
60-64 Kevin Prochaska 00:42:02
Linda Mullin 00:49:02
65-69 Francis Farmer 00:48:07
Paula Goldfarb 00:53:22
70-74 Keith Culver 00:49:11
Cherie Gruenfeld 00:52:05
75-79 James Yoshioka 01:00:36
Carol Heard 01:15:04
80-84 John Thelen 01:11:45
Doreen Mayne 01:35:58
85-89 Bob Silva 01:39:51
90-120 Bill Bell
Jacqueline Russell

The first Tram Road Challenge was held in 1983, and was won by Rob Slick in 27 minutes, 35 seconds and Nancy Baird in 35 minutes, 25 seconds. The fastest men’s time was set by Rubin Garcia of Mexico—26 minutes, 5 seconds—in 1987. Lubov Kremleva of Russia set the fastest women’s time—28 minutes, 56 seconds in 1998.

1,341 runners and walkers participated in this year’s Tram Road Challenge.