Brett adds HealthQuest to Breck Crest win
COPPER MOUNTAIN – Health-concious runners converged on Copper Mountain for a good cause Saturday morning at HealthQuest.Coming off a win at the Breckenridge Crest Mountain Marathon on Sunday, Fairplay resident Paul Brett won the men’s 10K trail race that started and finished in the Village. After the 43-minute run, Brett was still grinning from last week.”That was the highlight of my running career,” Brett said. Saturday’s HealthQuest runners had blue skies overhead, but a muddy trail underneath from heavy rains on Friday.
“I’d never run the trails here at Copper, so it was nice to get out and check it out,” Brett said. “There’s no pressure at these races. It’s just for fun to wind down the season and get ready to ski.”On the women’s side, Frisco resident Martha Lunsky won, finishing in 55:13.80. Lunsky also raced in the Breck Crest last week. “I’m still kind of sore from the Crest, but this one was over quicker,” Lunsky said. Lunksy said the race is fun, but the atmosphere surrounding the race is what brings her to Copper.
“Especially with all the vendors,” Lunksy said. “It’s kind of a bonus to get a massage when you’re done or check out all the health care stuff.”In the 5K race, Illinois resident Joshua Sherrod won the men’s road race, finishing in 20:36.37, while Littleton resident Barbara Ann Mallory won the women’s event. Mallory is coming off a successful summer of competition. In the 45-49 age group, Mallory finished second in Barsic, Italy, at the Duathlon World Championships. She also took fifth overall and won her age group at the Duathlon National Championships in Mason, Ohio. Mallory said neither her international running experience nor living at 5,000 feet prepared her for running at this elevation.
“I’m a decent runner, but when you’re at 9,000 feet it’s always tough,” she said.Despite living at sea level on Skidaway Island, Ga., second-place finisher Hilary Geha said she didn’t have any trouble with the elevation. It helps that she’s been vacationing with her family in Breckenridge for a month, and running the entire time. In its fourth year at Copper, HealthQuest raises money for advocates of victims of assault, and also provides money for Summit County nurses for cancer screening follow-ups.Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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