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Results from 2016 Run the Rockies on a sultry June morning in Frisco

You couldn't have paid for a better day in the canyon.

On a sultry and stunning Saturday morning — temperatures reached 60 shortly after start time at 8 a.m., balmy by our standards — more than 400 runners took to the rec paths in Frisco and Tenmile Canyon for the 40th edition of Run the Rockies, the unofficial start to Summit County's summer racing season with a 10K and half marathon. Athletes from 10 to 75 years old tackled a route that started in Copper and led through blooming aspen stands to Frisco, where 10K runners ended on Main Street and half-marathon runners continued to Farmer's Corner before looping back into downtown.

In the men's 10K, 20-year-old Mario Macias of Colorado Springs won his third straight Run the Rockies title with a blistering speed of 30:28. In second was Luke Bruns of Highlands Ranch with a 34:29 and in third was hometown runner Eric Broecker of Frisco at 35:06.

On the women's side, 12-year-old phenom Alayna Szuch of Silverthorne was the only woman to finish in less than 40 minutes, 38:46, and secured her second straight 10K title at Run the Rockies. Watch for her on the trails this summer at the bi-monthly Summit Trail Running Series races, where she regularly tops the podium with ladies twice (and three and four) times her age. Behind her in second was Jennifer Valentine of Colorado Springs at 40:27 and Whiteney Hedberg of Aurora at 41:37.

By the time distance runners passed the 10K turn-off around 10 a.m., temperatures were pushing 70 degrees, and the sun was blazing. To add insult to injury, the route ends on a slight uphill after turning around at Farmer's Corner. Add a constant elevation of 9,000-plus feet, and the two make this half marathon deceptively brutal in the final stretch.

Uphill grind or no, the men's and women's finishers recorded impressive times. For the guys, Denver's Michael Sager kept a demanding pace to end in first place with 1:33:53. Behind him in second was Rick Barrowman of Castle Pines at 1:38:07 and in third came Brad Rix of Arvada at 1:38:12.

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The women were nearly as fast. In first place was Robin Chalmeta of Westminster at 1:39:24, followed by Breck's own Nikki LaRochelle in second at 1:42:04 and Julie Morrison of Parker on her heels at 1:41:24.

Former Breckenridge Police Chief and current town manager Shannon Haynes barely missed the podium with a time of 1:42:54 to win the women's 40-49 division.

2016 Run the Rockies results

Men’s half marathon, overall

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2. Rick Barrowman, Castle Pines — 1:38:07

3. Brad Rix, Arvada — 1:38:12

Women’s half marathon, overall

1. Robin Chalmeta, Westminster — 1:39:24

2. Nikki LaRochelle, Breckenridge — 1:41:04

3. Julie Morrison, Parker — 1:41:24

Men’s 10K, overall

1. Mario Macias, Colorado Springs — 30:28

2. Luke Bruns, Highlands Ranch — 34:29

3. Erick Broecker, Frisco — 35:06

Women’s 10K, overall

1. Alayna Szuch, Silverthorne — 38:46

2. Jennifer Valentine, Colorado Springs — 40:27

3. Whitney Hedberg — 41:37

Women’s half marathon, 40-49 years

1. Shannon Haynes, Breckenridge — 1:42:54

2. Joy Van Oss, Frisco — 1:49:16

3. Stacy Middlebrook, Encinitas, Calif. — 1:57:43