The "in-the-know" race attracted 76 competitors to the Pocahontas County mountain in the hopes of taking home part of the $2,500 purse. New for this year was a starting gate at the top of Cupp Run for a vertical drop of 1,500 feet and a length of almost one and a half miles. For the men, Keith Poore took home first place with a time of 1:49.64, over six seconds faster than the second-place finisher. In the women's division it was Kathy Hurdcarrillo taking top honors, with a time of 2:09.46. According to a mountain rep, there is talk of moving the event to a Saturday or Sunday and doing more promotional work to attract a greater crowd for future races, but Cupp Challenge traditionalists are resistant to change.