Left to right, Kayli Tabares (fourth-place in women's race), Charity Kendrick (fifth), Anthony Chavez and Michael Donehower working on their final mile in the Veterans' Home Run 5K at Memorial Park.
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Start of the Veterans' Home Run 5K/3K
Interview with men's winner Will Edwards
Interview with women's winner Kendelle Krause
Will Edwards had tried for three years to win the Veterans' Home Run 5K in Colorado Springs. He was always within shouting distance of the race leaders, but never could break through ... until Saturday.
Edwards (right, Jack Anthony) took the lead on his second lap around Prospect Lake on Saturday, reeling in Randy Horner, who had looked like a world beater through the first mile. As he pulled ahead, there was one thought running through Edwards' mind.
"I just told myself, 'I have to win. I have to win,'" Edwards said.
He talked himself into it. The 19-year-old Harrison High School graduate, took the victory in 16 minutes, 44 seconds. It is his first win in a citizens' road race.
He was challenged by Josiah Valenzuela, 17, of Colorado Springs, who crossed the finish line a step behind. Horner, who won the Panormaic 4-mile run last week in Colorado Springs, finished third in 17:18.
A field of 330 showed up to run and walk in one of Colorado Springs' best fundraising races. Proceeds go to the Crawford House, which provides a structured living environment for veterans while they're enrolled in a VA treatment program. The race was started six years ago by Jack Anthony, Jim Beckenhaupt and Jon Cornick, members of the Pikes Peak Road Runners.
In the women's race, Kendelle Krause, 24, (left, with Jim Beckenhaupt) flew into Colorado Springs on Friday, crawled out of bed on Saturday morning and won in a time of 21:35. Not bad, considering she lives in Illinois and wasn't used to Colorado Springs' 6,000-foot altitude.
"I was actually a little worried," Krause said. "Illinois is really flat and there is absolutely no hills and I was really worried about the elevation here, but it went OK."
Amelia Jaime, 31, of Colorado Springs placed second in 22:48, followed by Nancy Hobbs, 50, of Colorado Springs in 22:50.