While Colfax Avenue was packed with runners, Colorado Springís Run for the Shrine gave out elephant poop medals. With all of the races this weekend, it was hard to pick out the best ones! Top performances are noted below.
Photo courtesy of Bret Stevens
Patrick Rizzo takes the win and a new course record in the Colfax Half Marathon Sunday morning
Colfax Marathon (Denver, CO):
With almost 9,000 participants spread among five different race distances, the Colfax Marathon weekend has proved to be one of the most popular and well organized events in the Denver Metro area.
This race was held in the pouring rain on Saturday in City Park. On the menís side, Edward Legrice took the victory in 17:47, while Jeremy Thompson was close behind in second in 17:51. Constantino Rago came in third in 18:02. On the womenís side, Katharine Green won in 20:58. Heather Crosby took second in 21:14 and Lianna Ubungen came in third in 22:49.
This race was added for 2012 and proved to be popular because it sold out. Still though, it seemed to be a bit less competitive than the other races. On the menís side, Andrew Newland took the win in 1:08.19, while Bruce Downs came in second in 1:09.16. Benjamin Weihrauch took third in 1:10.02. On the womenís side, Brandy Erholtz took the overall win and the female victory in 1:02.45. Cara Snyder came in second in 1:09.29, while third was claimed by Barbarann Mallory in 1:13.52.
Cash prizes were offered for those that broke the course record and the male and female winners of this race took advantage of that incentive. Mizunoís Patrick Rizzo took an easy win in 1:08.08 on the menís side, while Brianne Nelson ran an impressive 1:17.03 in the womenís race. Both won $1,000 for the efforts. In the menís race, second place was taken by Chas Davis in 1:13.40, while third was claimed by Bob Weiner in 1:14.01. On the womenís side, Runnerís Roostís Heather Utrata came in second in a big PR
of 1:19.04. Third was claimed by Katie Bagley in 1:23.41.
Trent Briney took the win, broke the course record, and took home $1,000 with his time of 2:30.26. Peter Vail took second in the menís race in 2:36.40, Tristan Mitchell finished in 2:37.30, with a two minute negative split on the second half of the marathon and ran his last mile in 5:47 . On the womenís side, Nicole Chyr won for the second time in a row running a 3:07.42. Joanna Masloski took second in 3:14.24, while coming in third was Alexandra Harpp in 3:15.11.
Boulder Track Clubís men and womenís teams took the Open Division victories in these fun relay events. The Mixed Division was won by Fusion Team 2. The BTC menís team (2:27.03) consisted of: Kyle OíBrien, Omar Martinez, Peter Grace, Zach Parris, and Jayson Swigart. The BTC womenís team (2:49.03) consisted of: Laura Tremblay, Kristin Carpenter, Mary Miller, Melissa Cunningham, and Allison Sawyer. Fusion Team 2ís team (2:59.58) consisted of: Barbara Peterson, Kelly Hime, David Weir, Kevin McElroy, and Kyle McElroy.
Excel-erator 5k (Arvada, CO):
RunColoís own Simon Escorcia took the male overall win in this race with an 18:13. He was trailed by Zac Petrie (2nd
) in 18:39 and Stacy Schantz (3rd
) in 21:09. On the womenís side, Jessica Latino took the victory in 21:34, while Melissa France came in second in 22:12. Beth Haskin came in third in 23:29.
High Plains Elementary 5k (Englewood, CO):
Greg Reindl blew away the competition in this race where he ran a blazing fast 14:57, winning a Denver Broncos team signed football for the win. The second place finisher was Karl Mimmac, who was over three minutes behind in a time of 18:35. Brandon Worthington took third in 19:52. On the womenís side, Morley Wittenberg took the win in 23:04. Second place was taken by Luann Whatley in 23:47 and third by Lisa Wanger in 24:57.
Kyffin Elementary School 5k (Golden, CO):
Suzanne Watkins was the overall winner and female champion in this race in a time of 23:33. The male winner was fifteen-year old Morgan Fink in 23:45.
Miles for Smiles 5k (Broomfield, CO):
Robert Frederick took the victory in the menís division in a time of 17:58. Not too far behind was Jacob Micklin in 18:19, while third was claimed by Matt Call in 19:42. On the womenís side, Megan Scoma won in 23:22, while Marisa Emoto took second in 24:38. Erin Wulforst came in third in 24:53.
Gallop at the Grover 5k (Golden, CO):
This race should have just reserved the podium spots for the Scholl family because they took four of the six spots on the male and female side. On the menís side, Liam Meirow took a close win in 17:02 away from Tyler Scholl who came in second in 17:12. Dad Shawn Scholl took third in the menís division in 18:40. Daughter Tabor Scholl beat her dad and took the win on the womenís side in 18:34. Mom Steph Scholl came in second in 20:34, while third was taken by Corinne Shlavoy in 22:52.
Airlife Memorial 10k/5k (Littleton, CO):
On the menís side, Severyn Claymore took the victory in 40:40. Mark Kazlowski came in second in 41:23, while third was claimed by Josh Miller in 41:39. In the womenís race, Jen Hurley took the win in 42:57. Second place was taken by Valeska Schwarz in 47:15, while Mille Hurley came in third in 47:45.
Luther College alum John Franzen of Denver ran away with this win in the menís division in 17:04. Second place was taken by Dalton Ellis of Morrison in 18:25, while third was claimed by Steve Fossel of Evergreen in 19:05. Lacey Acree of Denver took the womenís win in 20:56. Right on her heels was Jen Schaffer of Golden for second in 20:57. Third was taken by Amita Chugh of Lakewood in 22:14.
Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue 5k (Louisville, CO):
I always love a good race that benefits the dogs of the world. On the menís side of this race, Steven Spoutz of Arvada took the win in 19:53. Nicholas Darshewski of Brighton came in second in 21:30, while third was claimed by 62-Year Old Link Lubken of Denver in 24:05. On the womenís side, Teri Cady of Louisville came in first in 20:06. Second place was taken by Vicki Hunter of Boulder in 22:49, while third was claimed by Jenni Carlos of Denver in 23:26.
Larkspur 5k (Larkspur, CO):
This menís race was taken by Jonathan Wells in 18:35. On the womenís side, Linnabah Snyder took the win in 19:25.
Cottonwood Classic 5k (Thornton, CO):
This race brought out some pretty big names on the menís and womenís sides. BRCís Adam Rich claimed a pretty sizeable victory in 16:03, while BRC teammate Bobby Reyes took second in 16:46. Zach Mares came in third in 17:13. On the womenís side, Kara Ford took the win in 18:33, while masterís elite Noelle Green took second in 19:41. Third place was claimed by Laura Breuss in 20:53.
Bradfordís DEAR 5k (Littleton, CO):
Littletonís Brad Cooper took the menís victory in 18:07. George Forbes came in second in 20:53, while third was taken by Mike Wilmot in 21:37. On the womenís side, Morrisonís Trisha Byerley took first in 21:48. Loie Steed claimed second in 22:34, while Eva Van Harte came in third in 22:45.
Gift of Life and Breath 5k (Aurora, CO):
Trevor Garn took the win in the menís race in 19:13. Coming in second was Ryan Smith in 19:35, while third was claimed by Ronan Heaney in 20:14. On the womenís side, Emily Stewart claimed victory in 20:29. Anne Finlay came in second in 22:10, while Sarah Hildebrandt took third in 23:44.
5k in Five Points (Denver, CO):
This menís race turned out to be pretty quick as Paul Michel of Denver ran away with the victory in 15:12. Carl Kinney of Boulder came in second in 15:51, while Keith Pryor of Denver took third in 19:29. On the womenís side, Molly Mojcik of Denver took the win in 21:12. Coming in second was Sherrie Limes in 22:52, while third was taken by Christine Parisi of Denver in 24:05.
Womenís Distance Festival 5k (Colorado Springs, CO):
Paul Wakino of Colorado Springs took the menís victory in 22:48, while Elizabeth Watkins of Colorado Springs claimed the womenís victory and overall title in 19:55.
Run to the Shrine 5k (Colorado Springs, CO):
This race gave out elephant poop medals for the overall winners, so you know that this had to be a good race! Judging by the times on these courses, they were either long or extremely difficult.
Former Metro State runner Carl Arnold III took the win in the menís race in 21:59. Second place was claimed by Kevin Morgan in 22:25, while a close third was taken by Michael Hagen in 22:34. On the womenís side, Eva Hagen took the victory in 26:07, while second was claimed by Louise Kriel in 27:20. Marzena Matecki took third in 28:01.
Tommy Manning claimed victory in the menís division in 38:40, while second was taken by Peter Maksimow in 39:22. Gerald Romero came in third in 42:38. On the womenís side, Kelli Lusk came in first in 49:06. Meghan Cogswell took second in 52:35, while third was claimed by Connie Shaner in 53:02. Federal Cup 5k (Lakewood, CO):
Seventeen Year Old Cory Munsch took the menís victory in this race in 17:12, while second was taken by Daniel Dombroski in 17:53. Dominick Brevig claimed third in 18:35. Laura Harger took the win in the womenís race in 20:08, while second was claimed by Anne Martin 21:20. Kaitlyn Burger came in third in 22:03.