Amy Perez leads a group of runners up the trail in the first mile of the Summer Roundup Trail Run on Sunday.
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Interview with men's winner Peter Maksimow
Interview with women's winner Lisa Goldsmith
Peter Maksimow (above right) was having a great season with various wins in tough spring races. He was fit and fast and had set his sites on the U.S. Mountain Running Championships two weeks ago in New Hampshire.
And that's where things wen't wrong. He placed ninth, but missed his goal of earning a spot on the U.S. Mountain Running National Team.
Now, Maksimow, 32, of Manitou Springs is fast ... and mad.
He showed his speed and frustration Sunday in the Summer Roundup Trail Run, the second leg of the Triple Crown of Running. Maksimow, who runs for the Colorado Running Company and Inov-8, set a new record, winning in 44 minutes, 54 seconds on the tough 12K course at Bear Creek Park.
He had the record in mind as he stepped to the starting line.
"The way I've been running, I just ran it like I was going for the record," Maksimow said. "I knew it was a good record, so I just went for it."
"I tried to make it a really fast race because I know we had some really fast guys in here," he said. "I'm riding the wave of disappointment and frustration after not making the U.S. Mountain Running Team."
The course is a tough out-and-back route. The first half gains 1,000 feet in elevation. Maksimow had Tommy Manning - who did qualify for the U.S Mountain Team - on his tail for most of the way.
"At the end of High Drive Tommy was really gaining on me," Maksimow said. "That was the hardest part.
Justin Ricks of Pueblo West sprinted to an early lead and hung on to pass Manning for second place. Ricks, 31, finished in 45:16. Manning, 35, of Colorado Springs, who will run in the world championship on Sept. 11 in Albania, backed off the gas with a mile to run and finished third in 45:48, a new 35-39 age-group record.
In the women's race, 46-year-old Lisa Goldsmith (above left) of Nederland tracked down Carrie Zografos on the fast descent then hit the finish line in a masters-record time of 54:55.
"I was determined to catch the first runner by the top of the hill, which I did, but it was a lot of work," Goldsmith said. "I thought for sure that was it, that she would just toast me on the downhill, but she just kept on not getting away from me. So I got ahead of her and just worked my butt off. I was just kind of in the mood. It's a beautiful course, the weather was great and I was inspired and I felt like I had nothing to lose."
Zografos placed second in 55:13, a new 30-34 age-group record. The Boulder Running Company's Melissa Eichers, 35, of Colorado Springs, was third in 59:46.
It was a big day for record smashing. Here are all the new records.
Tommy Manning: 45:48, new 35-39 record
Dan Vega: (above left in red) 48:18, masters and 40-44 record
Zachary Alhamra: (right) 57:31, 0-14 record
Jeffrey Dumas: 1:05:42, 65-69 record
Mark Maloney: 1:23:01, 75-79 record
Lisa Goldsmith: 54:55, masters and 45-49 record
Carrie Zografos: 55:13, 30-34 record
Nancy Hobbs: 1:04:50, 50-54 record
Joyce McKelvey: 1:18:20, 65-69 record