Summit Nordic coach takes 3rd at AR World Champs, plus 2017 Run the Rockies trail results
Flumes/Tom’s Baby | STRS No. 6
What: The final race in the summer-long Summit Trail Running Series, hosted on the roller-coaster-fast Flumes trails north of Breckenridge
When: Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 6 p.m.
Where: Gold Run Road trailhead in Breckenridge
Cost: $25 for adults, $5 for kids
Day-of registration is $27 for adults. This race begins at the Gold Run Road trailhead, found about 1 mile south of the Breckenridge Golf Club on Gold Run Road (follow until it turns to dirt). To register and find out more, including course maps and previews for all races, see BreckenridgeRecreation.com.
Summit Nordic’s Olof Hedberg takes 3rd with team at Adventure Racing World Champs
About a year after he set his sights on Worlds, Olof Hedberg was standing on the podium.
This past week, the head coach for Summit Nordic Ski Club took third overall at the Adventure Racing World Championships in Wyoming with his team, Adventure Medical Kits. The team was the top American team at Worlds, finishing behind four-time defending world champs New Zealand in first and Sweden in second. Rounding out the top-eight was Sweden No. 2, France, Estonia, France No. 2 and Spain.
Hedberg and crew finished around 1 a.m. on Aug. 14 after 84 hours and 11 minutes of traveling 450 miles by foot, bike and boat, all while navigating a rugged course in the Wyoming wilds. The winning New Zealand crew finished in 79 hours and 13 minutes.
“I’m mostly drifting in and out of sleep right now, but obviously extremely happy with our performance,” Hedberg wrote in an email to the Summit Daily.
Hedberg joined Adventure Medical Kits earlier this summer after he and a team of Summit County locals, including his wife, Whitney, and another SNSC coach, Hannah Taylor, beat AMK at the Teton Ogre 24-hour adventure race. The Hedbergs have been making a name for themselves over the past year, with wins and podium finishes at several stateside races. Whitney also joined a crew, Team NV Journey, for Worlds. That team barely missed the second-to-last checkpoint cutoff after spending 122 hours and 20 minutes on the course.
Lake Dillon Challenge | Frisco Bay Marina, Aug. 6
Early in the morning on Sunday, Aug. 6, rowers from Frisco Rowing Center hosted a regatta for 100 rowers and stand-up paddleboarders. Rowing is an intricate sport that requires a great deal of precise movements, and so those participating from the rowing center, as well guests from Denver and the Front Range, spent hours and hours practicing before the regattas. There were races for all four craft (SUP, canoes, kayaks and paddle boats) and various age divisions on a 5-kilometer course from Frisco Bay Marina and back.
The weather cooperated all morning, with sunshine and flat water, and everyone who races on Lake Dillon knows the importance of flat water! For all who participated, the regatta will be memorable.
— From Joyce Mueller
Soda Creek Scramble | SMC No. 5
The fifth event in the summer-long Summit Mountain Challenge series, with mountain bike races held on a course in the Golden Horseshoe area southwest of Keystone Resort on Aug. 9. The event drew more than 100 male, female and junior riders for courses ranging from 4.5 to 15.5 miles.
For complete results, see MavSports.com.
Pro open men, overall
1. Jeff Cheever, Avout Racing — 1:10:21
2. Josh Bezecny, Honey Stinger/Bontrager — 1:11:25
3. Ryan Soderberg, Avalance/Relish/Twist — 1:14:16
Expert and singlespeed women, overall
1. Jazlyn Smith, SNSC/Sun Logic — 1:27:21
2. Kristin Schwarck, Breck Bike Guides — 1:28:54
3. Amy Beresford — 1:34:45
Clydesdale men (200+ pounds), overall
1. Hugh Mackey, Rad Racing — 1:31:01
2. Jeremy Barry, Rad Racing — 1:31:36
3. Greg Heil, Columbine Ski — 1:40:46
Junior boys, 13-15 years
1. Finn Remias, SNSC-Great Western Lodging — 45:23
2. Graham Tuohy-Gaydos, Rage — 46:21
3. Caleb White, Mi Casa — 46:41
Junior girls, 13-15 years
1. Tai-Lee Smith, SNSC-Apex Mt. Homes — 46:20
2. Opal Koning, Team Susan — 51:04
3. Aislinn Wehrman, Sun Logic — 51:04
Junior boys, 11-12 years
1. Joack Cronin, Team Breck — 16:57
2. Wyn Pierpont, Lincoln Park — 17:02
3. Bodie Heflin, Apex Mt. Homes — 19:00
Junior girls, 11-12 years
1. Aisley Grohusky, SNSC-Wilderness Sports — 18:43
2. Viola Koning, SNSC-Mis Casa — 20:34
3. Paige Wescott, Wilderness Sports Jr. — 20:40
Run the Rockies trail | Frisco, Aug. 12
The fifth year of an annual trail 10K and half marathon, hosted by the town of Frisco on trails at the Frisco Peninsula on Aug. 12. The event drew 350 male, female and junior runners from across the state and region, including runners from as far as Baltimore and the Midwest.
For complete results, see RunTheRockies.com.
Half marathon winners, women
1. Whitney Barrett, Golden — 1:38:58
2. Kate Wurster, SILVERTHORNE — 1:48:29
3. Lauren Moran, Minturn — 1:48:52
Half marathon winners, men
1. Eric Broecker, FRISCO — 1:26:45
2. Eric Ebeling, Bolder — 1:28:06
3. Dylan Jennings, Golden — 1:33:31
10K winners, women
1. Erin Donnelly, Edgewater — 53:51
2. Sarah Larson, Elizabeth — 54:53
3. Montana Mitchell, Denver — 56:02
10K winners, men
1. Kempton Jackson, Littleton — 45:05
2. Nate Hill, FRISCO — 45:57
3. Bryan Beiner, Colorado Springs — 46:12
Leadville 100 MTB | Leadville, Aug. 12
This past weekend, nearly 1,500 riders from all 50 states and 35 countries participated in the 24th annual Leadville Trail 100 MTB race. During the iconic event, participants rode more than 100 miles of challenging Colorado Rockies terrain at elevations ranging from 10,152 to 12,424 feet, including summits of passes overlooking downtown Leadville.
After an early-morning start — 6:30 a.m. to be exact — Howard Grotts (United States) and Larissa Connors (United States) emerged as the 2017 champions. In the male division, Grotts crossed the finish line in 6:15:54, followed in second place by three-time champion Todd Wells (United States) who finished in 6:18:24. Payson McElveen (United States) rounded out the top three in 6:36:08. All top three male finishers hail from Durango, Colorado.
In the female division, Connors finished in 7:31:51, followed by Andrea Dvorak (United States) in second place in 7:58:18 and Anne Perry (United States) in 8:18:53.
Another notable participant, Sugarland guitarist Thad Beaty, kicked off the race by playing the National Anthem, and then crossed the finish line at 11:49:21.
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