Independence Day 10k Trail Run: a good start to a busy day in Breckenridge
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BRECKENRIDGE — For most people, the Fourth of July is celebrated in a fairly relaxing manor – watching a parade, eating some hot dogs, maybe some fireworks.
And for those people, running 10 kilometers through the trails of Breckenridge at 7 a.m. may seem a bit masochistic for celebrating your country’s Independence Day.
“Well, you can do all that other stuff after (running),” said Peter Makismow of Manitou Springs. “It’s a good start to the day.”
And Makismow had a great start to his Fourth of July, as he was the first runner to cross the finish line Sunday in the Independence Day 10k Trail Run in Breckenridge’s Carter Park.
“I ran the Vail Hill Climb (Saturday), and I wasn’t planning on doing this,” he said, “But we were staying just a mile down the road, and a friend of mine talked me into it. I ran the course on Friday and I was taken by it. I really wanted to do it after that.”
Makismow – who was second in the Vail race – beat out Greg Friedman for the win with a time of 39:05. Jeff Braun finished third.
On the women’s side of the race, Lindsay Krause of Littleton took the title, narrowly holding her ground over Amy Friedman on the final descent. Krause, a Solomon Trail Running sponsored athlete, finished in a time of 43:32.
“I had a big lead at three miles, but she was catching me on the down,” Krause said. “I had to forget about my ankles and just run as fast as I could. It was a good race, and she kept me honest.”
Sara Robinson was third.
The race, which started on High St. just to the north of the park, took runners through trails surrounding Breck. After a steep climb up Jack’s Cruel Joke, runners made their way up the Moonstone Trail and back down again, eventually working the park’s switchbacks to the finish line.
The course, Krause said, is the the reason she’s done the race the past three years.
“It’s an awesome course, so much fun through the trees,” she said. “It’s kind of more rolling than steep hills, so it’s more my kind of trail run.”
Krause was in town Sunday with her family for the holiday. Although she certainly enjoyed the win, she also agreed with Maksimow in that the race was a great way to kick off the holiday.
“It’s probably my favorite race of the year,” she said. “I just love the trail, and it gives you a nice feel for the day.”
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