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Congrats to Colorado Running Company runner Ashlee Nelson who clocked a 2:57:04 at the Twin Cities Marathon in Minnesota. It was Nelson's first marathon. She placed 213th out of 8,211 finishers, and was 29th woman to finish out of 3,394. Nelson is the 2010 women's overall winner in the Triple Crown of Running Series.
Steve Bremner placed first in his age group (50-59) and 14th overall in the Blue Sky Marathon at the Horsetooth Reservoir west of Fort Collins Colorado on Sunday. Full race results aren't available, yet.
Boulder Running Company runner Kevin Morgan (left) captured the 10K title at the Rim to Rim run on Saturday at the Royal Gorge. Morgan clocked 37:32. In the women's 10K, Colorado Springs runner Letitia Dusich won with a time of 44:24.3.
Brooks Williams finished third overall in the Bear Chase 50-miler in Lakewood. Williams clocked a personal-best time of 7:16.
Boulder Marathon: Hannah Green (right), 19, of Colorado Springs (she currently lives in Boulder) won the Boulder Marathon in 3:09:51. Colorado Springs runner Stacey Chaston, 40, finished second in the marathon with a time of 3:15:57.3. Jusin Chaston, 41, of Colorado Springs, won the Boulder 10K in 33:46.1.
Great Pumpkin Run 5K and 10K
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The Pumpkins were safe, but several records in the 5K and 10K Great Pumpkin Runs were smashed to pieces Saturday at Venetucci Farm. Three of the overall course marks fell.
In the 10K, Pat McGuire of Colorado Springs charged to the finish line in 33:53, breaking the old record of 35:12 set by Gerald Romero in 2009.
In the women's 10K, Elizabeth Watkins set a new standard of 38:12, beating Stephanie Wurtz' record of 40:21.
In the 5K races, Cody Hill, co-owner and manager of the Boulder Running Company, won with a record time of 17:42, two seconds faster than the previous best set by Adolfo Carrillo last year.
And 5k women's winner Nancy Hobbs clocked a 50-59 age-group record of 22:47, crushing the old standard of 26:21 set last year by Eileen Wilfong.
The race was the final in the Grand Prix of Running Series. There were 497 finishers.
Proceeds went to Venetucci Farm's education programs.
Fall Series Race No. 1
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He's back ... but only for one race. Justin Ricks, the 2009 Fall Series champion, picked up where he left off with a victory on Sunday in the 2010 Fall Series opener at Monument Valley Park.
Ricks, 30, of Pueblo West, broke free from the pack in the first mile then held off a challenge by Logan Wealing as the runners slogged upstream through Monument Creek for about 3/4-mile.
Ricks, a former cross country runner at Wasson and at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, finished in 20:48, a time that becomes more impressive when considering the difficult course, and that he ran 14 miles before the race.
"I just jumped in here for fun," Ricks said.
He is training for the California International Marathon in December.
Wealing (29, Colorado Springs) eventually placed second, about 11 seconds behind Ricks. Peter Maksimow (31, Manitou Springs) was third in 21:41.
Rochelle Persson, 42, of Colorado Springs, won the women's race in 27:04. Lisa Czelatdko (40, Colorado Springs) was second in 28:28, followed by Nicole Rosa (50, Colorado Springs) and Molly McDaniel (27, Colorado Springs).Coming up:
There is a fun new cycling event on the schedule for Thursday. The first Bike In Movie Night
at Front Range Barbeque is slated for Thursday, Oct. 7, at Front Range BBQ, 2330 W. Colorado Ave.
The schedule works like this.
Meet at 5:30 p.m. at Front Range for an easy group ride, then crank it back at about 6:30 for a cold one and a bite to eat. The movie - it's
free - starts at 7 p.m.
First up is "The Bicyclists" a story about a boy, a girl and their bikes. It's a romantic sort of thing. Read more here...
Cyclists who still feel the need to speed can join a loose-knit crew at Carmichael Training Systems at 5:30 on Wednesday. They've planned a cyclocross race in Bear Creek Park. Jayson Middlemiss is organizing. Read more.
On Saturday, runners a couple of choices. The Xterra Marathon, half marathon and 5K will go at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Read it here. And the Colorado College Athletics Tiger Classic 5K is set for Monument Valley Park and Colorado College. More here.
Sell out: The Rock 'n' Roll Denver Marathon is booked. All 15,000 spots have been taken ... but race organizers say it's still possible to get in the race by registering through Team In Training or Determination. Check out this link ... http://denver.competitor.com/charity.