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Adamowskis get two wins at Race for the Mountains

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BRECKENRIDGE ” Andrew Adamowski of Evergreen won the inaugural 10-mile Race for the Mountains Sunday in Breckenridge with a time of 1 hour, 22 minutes and 1 second.

When Adamowski crossed the finish line, there were three people there to greet him ” his wife Chris, who had won the women’s 5K race less than an hour earlier; his mother, who had sponsored both runners; and his eight-month-old son.

“My mom was the official baby-sitter,” Adamowski said.

Chris Adamowski (36:42) said her mother-in-law paid Sunday’s entry fees because she was passionate about Greg Mortenson’s Central Asia Institute, the benefactor of the event, which was hosted by local fundraising organization Mountain to Mountain.

Nearly all of Sunday’s podium toppers mentioned their appreciatioin for the CAI, which builds schools in Asia.

“We read ‘Three Cups of Tea,’ (Mortenson’s book) said Nebraskan Sam Malmberg, who finished third in the men’s long course (1:25:42) behind local Steve Marshall (1:22:29). “We found out about the race and that it was raising funds, so we decided to make the trip.”

Malmberg, who drove three hours to compete on Breck’s Peak 8, was visibly exhausted after cracking the podium.

“I’m from Nebraska and we’re not used to mountain runs,” he said. “It was hard and I thought it was going to be hard.”

Monique Merrill won the women’s 10-mile race with a time of 1:32:48.

Merrill was also a volunteer who worked busily to set the course in the days preceding the race.

“I’m a little tired from setting up the courses all week,” said the local athlete. “It was a lot of work trying to get it off the service roads as much as we possibly could while still keeping the mileage close. It’s was fun for me. I live here, so I get to hook all the trails that I love together.”

Aurora’s Jena Pohle finished second in the women’s long course (1:36:21), but managed to pass Merrill before reaching Peak 8’s Vista Haus, which earned her a $100 dollar reward for being the first woman to reach the high checkpoint.

“Then I stopped at the top and got some water,” Pohle said. “I was happy until (Merrill) said, ‘You’re going to go up for a few more hills.'”

Denver resident Brooke Meserole finished third with a time of 1:36:21.

“I have never run that hard in my life ever,” Meserole said between heavy breaths as she walked away from the finish line.

The men’s short course victory went to Jay Matlack (28:53), who outpaced his University of Tulsa track teammate Josh Butts (31:21), the runner-up. Boulder’s Brent Papadich was third (31:44).

“It felt more like a four-miler,” said Matlack when asked to assess the 5K course. “It was straight up and straight down.”

Rounding out the women’s short course podium were SHS track and field coach Kristy McClain (40:04) and Kelly Bassett (40.25) of Broomfield.

Even before this year’s more than 150-person event took place, Trail Runner magazine agreed to include next year’s Run for the Mountains as part of its trophy series, according to Mountain to Mountain founder Shannon Galpin.

Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at

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