A big field of runners kicked off Miners’ Day in Park City, winding their way through City Park and the Park City trail network. Brian Ping beat defending champion and Olympic gold medalist Billy Demong by just three seconds. Meagan Ping took the women’s title. Brian Ping’s winning time was 18 minutes, six seconds, while Meagan Ping covered the course in 19:50.
Parkites and visitors were treated to blue skies for the 2016 Miners’ Day parade down historic Main Street to City Park. Over 50 c0mmunity organizations and politicians entered floats in the parade, with some outstanding creativity.
It was the 199th running of Miners’ Day, which began in the 19th century as a festival to honor the community’s miners with the parade plus the mucking and drilling competition becoming mainstays of the festival.
Park City Miners’ Day 2016
Parade Float Awards
Best Politician: Andrew Caplan (judges loved the fake beards)
Best Youth: Summit Ski Team
Best Sports: Utah Unicycling (down Main Street on one wheel? Props!)
Best Historical Theme: Park City Museum
Most Creative: Park City Mountain
Most Crowd Interaction/Crowd Favorite: Park City High School Robotics Club
Best Business: Gold Creek Farms
Best Non Profit: Park City Community Foundation
Best Auto: Corvette Club of Utah
Special Shoutout: People First
Fans packed the stadium at City Park to witness a hard fought battle of dirt and sweat between some of the west’s best miners. Cool temperatures and blue skies helped attract one of the largest crowds ever, who were treated to some intense competition.
In the drilling competition, Idaho miner Matt Karst drew last and knocked off hometown favorite and leader Larry Simpson. Karst drilled his two holes in one minute, 45.8 seconds – just over a 16 second margin ahead of Simpson.
In the mucking competition, veteran Miners’ Day competitor Remigio Portillo of Payson, UT knocked off Karst by 2.3 seconds, loading his ore cart in just 49.8 seconds.
The mucking and drilling competition is reminiscent of the contest held 119 years ago when Miners’ Day was first celebrated in Park City.
Park City Miners’ Day 2016
1. Matt Karst, 1:45.8
2. Larry Simpson, 2:02.3
3. Keith Quimby, 2:03.1
4. BrIan Still, 2:18.9
5. Cody Behunin, 2:41.1
1. Remigio Portillo, 0:49.8
2. Matt Karst, 0:52.1
3. Larry Simpson, 0:55.9
4. Keith Quimby, 1:06.7
5. Brian Still, 1:10.5
Park City’s annual final summer fling is coming up Monday, Sept. 5 with the 119th Miners’ Day celebration. This honored Park City tradition is a key part of the community’s culture. Want to lend a hand? Volunteers are needed throughout the daylong festival beginning with the Miners’ Day 5k at 8:00 a.m., Running of the Balls, parade, kids games and afternoon in the park.
The event is organized annually by the Park City Rotary Club, with proceeds benefiting the community’s many non-profits. Club members and community volunteers work hand in hand to make Miners’ Day a success.
If you can volunteer for a part of the day, or even for an hour, simply click on the following link. Volunteers are especially needed for the 8:00 a.m. Miners’ Day 5k, which is over by 9:00 a.m. It’s a great way to start the day in City Park.
Thanks for your support in helping make Miners’ Day a success for the Park City community.
PARK CITY, UT (Aug. 3, 2016) – The hills of the mountain town of Park City, Utah will come alive on Monday, September 5 as the community celebrates its mining heritage with the 119th edition of Miners’ Day. The day long festival will feature a parade, Miners’ Day 5k run, skateboard jam, an exciting mining skills competition, fun in City Park plus the annual Running of the Balls on Park City’s historic Main Street. Miners’ Day is produced annually by the Park City Rotary Club, with proceeds benefitting community non-profits.
Known as Labor Day elsewhere, Miners’ Day has its origins during the 19th century mining boom in the now world renowned ski resort town of Park City. In its heyday, Park City was one of the world’s leading producers of silver. The mining heritage is center stage each year at Miners’ Day with the popular mucking and drilling competition where modern day miners keep alive the traditions of their predecessors.
Miners’ Day features all day fun in the resort town of Park City. It kicks off with breakfast in City Park at 7:30 a.m., just in time for the start of the Miners’ Day 5k run at 8:00 a.m. Main Street becomes the focal point with the annual Running of the Balls at 10:45 a.m. Get there early to buy your balls for an opportunity to win prizes! A fundraiser for the Park City Rotary Club and local non-profits, nearly 10,000 balls made the trip down Main Street last year. Balls are available in advance from any Rotarian or at the Park Silly Sunday Market.
The Miner’s Day Parade at 11:00 a.m. takes pride in being just a little bit different than your typical parade with community organizations having a little fun with their funky floats.
Food, fun and music are on tap all afternoon in City Park, with live music courtesy of Mountain Town Music, food from Kumbayah Kitchens, Olympic-like Kids Games at 12:30 p.m. plus beer on tap. A Skateboard Bowl Jam wraps up the afternoon beginning at 3:00 p.m.
One of the highlights of Miners’ Day is the Mucking and Drilling Competition. Bleachers fill early in the parking lot across from the library. Miners’ from around the intermountain west challenge each other drilling target holes in a rock, then put their skills to test running a mucking machine, loading mine tailings into a rail bucket as quickly as possible. It’s high energy and sweat, watching old and new miners strut their stuff.
The Park City Rotary Club, formed in 1980, is a community service organization comprised of community and business leaders who engage in activities to give back to Park City and the global community. It was named Utah’s Rotary Club of the Year in 2014. It is a part of Rotary International, with over a million neighbors, community leaders and global citizens uniting for the common good.. Rotary International clubs around the world are
To get the latest update on Miners’ Day, visit www.parkcityminersday.org.
Miners’ Day Schedule
7:30-9:30 a.m. – Miners’ Day Breakfast, City Park
8:00 a.m. – Miners’ Day 5k Run, City Park
10:45 p.m. – Running of the Balls, Main Street (get there early to buy balls)
11:00 a.m. – Miners’ Day Parade, Main Street
11:30-2:00 – Barbeque Lunch, City Park
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Music, City Park
12:30-1:00 p.m. – Kids Games, City Park
1:00-5:00 p.m. – Music, City Park Stage
2:00-3:30 p.m. – Mucking and Drilling Competition, City Park (across from library on Park Ave.)
3:00-6:00 p.m. – Skateboard Bowl Jam, Skateboard Park
About Park City Rotary Club
The Park City Rotary Club is a community service organization comprised of community and business leaders who engage in activities to give back to Park City and the global community. Founded in 1980, the club has around 100 members and is a part of Rotary International. Among its many activities is the management of Park City’s annual Miners’ Day festival every Labor Day. The club organizes a wide range of annual fundraisers benefiting local causes and international outreach programs, granting over $1 million since its inception. Long known as one of the most innovative and fun clubs in Utah, Park City Rotary Club was named Utah Rotary Club of the Year in 2014.