On my way to the Hammer Nutrition Missoula XC at Marshall Mountain on Saturday, I caught the shuttle from a temporary parking lot up to the action. In the shuttle along with me and my kids were two other families and a couple teenage girls. The driver, Jed Dennison, who is also one of the Missoula XC organizers, slowed down as we made our way up the road and said, "Well, if it isn't the man of the hour."
Schultz didn't disappoint during the main event. He led the race from start to finish, defending his title despite a bum shoulder. His Subaru-Trek teammate, Heather Irmiger, won the women's elite race earlier in the day.
At the end of the race, Schultz was mobbed by friends, family, fans and media for autographs, photos, high-fives and interviews. He even put on one of the thick black mustaches handed out before the race in honor of his steezy look earlier in the season. Sure enough, I happened to notice the two screaming girls from the shuttle in the crowd to greet Schultz. He apologized for being a little wet as one stepped in for a photo. "It's mostly water," he said, but before he finished the explanation she had already slipped in under his arm for the shot.UPDATE: We've added a slideshow of Sam's winning race By Indy photographer Chad Harder.