Results from the Leadville 100 MTB and trail run, Legends FC summer season and Keystone Wood Racquet Open
and Phil Lindeman
Special to the Daily
Flumes and Tom’s Baby 7K/11K
What: The final event in the Summit Trail Running Series, hosted on the traversing Flumes trails that crisscross the hillsides in northeastern Breckenridge
When: Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m.
Where: Gold Run Road Trailhead in Breckenridge
Cost: $22 pre-registration and $25 same-day for adults (ages 18 and up); $5 flat for juniors (ages 10 to 17)
There are no aid stations on the course, so be sure to bring water and energy snacks if needed. To register online, see the recreation page at www.townofbreckenridge.com.
Keystone Wood Racquet Open
The Keystone Tennis Center hosted the first annual Keystone Wood Racquet Open on Aug. 15. The one-day tournament had a single requirement: all players had to use an old-school wood racquet for at least two games of each round. Simple enough.
Nearly 30 players came out for the Open, including a slew of locals and several visitors from as far as the East Coast. The wood racquets made for fun, lighthearted play, but the old-school costumes turned the afternoon into a must-see spectacle. Enjoy.
Carter Park 7K/14K
Held Aug. 12 on the switchbacks of Carter Park outside of downtown Breckenridge. For complete results, see http://www.townofbreckenridge.com.
Mountain biking and trail running often stay separated when it comes to technical routes. But at the fifth even of the Summit Trail Running Series, it all changed.
The 7K and 14K courses looped their way through Carter Park, a scenic locale just outside of downtown Breckenridge best known as a mountain biking hotspot, due to steep, white-knuckle switchbacks that weave high above the park. Nevertheless, trail runners took on the challenge, leading to one of the best overall performances of the series so far.
Finishing first overall in the 7K short course was Alayna Szuch. The 11-year-old led for most of the race and hardly looked fatigued by the finish, flying through the final switchbacks above Carter Park.
“It was tough,” Szuch said. “But I never really felt like I was going to fall there.”
Szuch’s speed on the switchbacks was closely matched by second-place finisher Sean Kimmeth, who finished 54 seconds behind the young runner. Kimmeth was fearless in the turns, sprinting at full speed through the harrowing section.
Along with the tricky switchbacks, the early climbing sections were also rough on some. In contrast to the long and gradual pitches of Horseshoe Gulch, Carter Park had steeper, abrupt climbs.
“It definitely made it tougher,” said Max Bonenburger, winner of the men’s 13-17 division. “I would get half up a hill, and then be like, ‘Where’d my speed go?’”
For some runners, the course was perfectly technical.
“This course actually suited my skills really well compared to some of the ones,” said Joe Howdyshell, overall winner on the men’s long course. “I’ve been training for steep, long-distance races all summer, so this felt pretty good.”
Howdyshell even ran the race in a pair of tight denim shorts, also known as “jorts.”
“I just feel comfortable in them,” Howdyshell explained. “I guess its superstition.”
Carter Park 7K/14K results
Overall women’s — short course
1. Alayna Szuch, 44:25
2. Christena Werd, 47:57
3. Jenny Wong, 50:42
Overall men’s — short course
1. Sean Kimmeth, 45:19
2. Steve Jones, 46:02
3. Ron Bollenberghe, 46:04
Overall women’s — long course
1. April Thomas, 1:08:47
2. Jill Sorensen, 1:25:19
3. Hannah Taylor, 1:27:02
Overall men’s — long course
1. Joe Howdyshell, 1:05:47
2. Mark Martin-Williams, 1:09:08
3. Dan Holligan, 1:09:41
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