Breckenridge 27-year-old outruns 66 others |

Breckenridge 27-year-old outruns 66 others

Janice Kurbjun
summit daily news

April Thomas of Breckenridge took first in the FIBArk 10k Trail Run last weekend.

The race is part of a series of running events put on in conjunction with the boating festival. In addition, there’s the Hill Climb and the 10k (with a 5k option). Do all three with the best combined time to become the Triple Crown winner.

Thomas, 27, finished the trail race in 46 minutes, 40 seconds while competing against 66 other men and women ages 12-78.

Nicholas Stoots of Cameron, N.C., finished second in 47 minutes, 3 seconds. Other racers hailed from across the nation, but were mostly from the Chaffee County area.

Thomas is a recreational runner, entering races at whim these days. For this one, she was in Salida with friends for the weekend, and thought the race might be fun.

“I choose to compete these days just for fun,” she said. “It give s me a reason to run a faster pace every once in awhile.”

She has participated in the Summit Trail Running Series in the past, but has held off for the past several summers, though she enjoys the races and runs the courses on her own regularly. She’s typically on the trail four days a week, running anywhere from 6-10 miles each time.

“I used to run competitively for Colorado State University, so most of my running these days is just for fun,” Thomas said. “Some of my favorite runs are Boreas Pass/Baker’s Tank, Horseshoe Gulch and Sally Barber Mine Trail.

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