Results from 2016 Firecracker 50 and Independence Day 10K |

Results from 2016 Firecracker 50 and Independence Day 10K


The 16th edition of a Summit County institution, a 50-mile mountain bike race held early July 4 on the trails and roads around Breckenridge. The event drew more than 750 combined solo riders and relay teams of two for two laps on a 25-mile course, with a combined 8,000 vertical feet of climbing at 9,600 feet or higher.

For complete results, see

Pro open men, overall

1. Yannick Eckmann, Boulder — 3:45:14

2. JJ Clark, Colorado Springs (Pro Cycling) — 3:49:40

3. Cristhian Ravelo, Avon (Tokyo Joes) — 3:50:58

Pro open women, overall

1. Marlee Dixon, Fairplay (Pivot) — 4:25:45

2. Evelyn Dong, Boulder (Cannondale) — 4:28:58

3. Kelly Boniface, Steamboat Springs (MOOTS) — 4:36:06

Expert men, 45-49 years

1. Matt Powers, Breckenridge (Avalanche-Relish-Twist) — 4:11:24

2. Stephen White, Avon — 4:16:48

3. Pete Swenson, Breckenridge (Tokyo Joes) — 4:16:51

Singlespeed open men, overall

1. Russ Folger, Golden (Les Super Domestiques) — 4:24:11

2. Connor Houtchens, Colorado Springs (SoCo Velo) — 4:27:03

3. James Harmon, Fort Collins (1st City) — 4:32:37

Singlespeed open women, overall

1. Kristin Schwarck, Breckenridge (Wilderness Sports) — 5:11:07

2. Sara Sheets, Fort Collins (Oskar Blues) — 5:34:08

3. Kristi Leinen, Evergreen — 6:29:03

Open relay men, overall

1. Jenkins 2 — 3:49:55

2. Skratch Labs Loves Yellowbelly — 3:56:06

3. Team Currie — 4:00:06

Relay open women, overall

1. Tokyo Joes 2 — 4:47:25

2. Naked Women’s Racing — 4:59:56

3. Flying Unicorns — 5:03:46

Relay Team 101, overall (coed)

1. Dusty Boot Mountain Pedaler — 4:27:45

2. Michael and Cassidy Trimble — 4:32:34

3. Evoc — 4:40:00


A traditional trail run held at 7 a.m. July 4 on trails in Breckenridge. The sold-out event drew 400 runners from across the state and region, ranging in age from 10 to 70 years old.

For complete results, see the recreation section at

Open men, overall

1. Andrew Bigelow — 39:31

2. Luke Amer — 43:01

3. Colin Szuch — 43:18

Open women, overall

1. Sylvia Nordskar — 43:29

2. Elizabeth Watkins — 45:58

3. Lindsey Koch — 47:06

Top men, 30-39 years (44 runners)

1. Luke Price — 43:20

2. Brian Horneck — 43:34

3. Peter Powers — 50:03

Top women, 30-39 years (59 runners)

1. Jamie Falcon — 47:52

2. Rachel Norton — 48:21

3. Aaryn Munson-Price — 49:20

Top women, 40-49 years (65 runners)

1. Kim Eytel — 51:52

2. Heather Bigelow — 53:46

3. Kim Benedict — 54:49


On July 4, the annual Frisco Fourth of July Fishing Derby attracted over 160 children to the Meadow Creek Pond for two hours of fishing hosted by the town and Gore Range Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Colorado Parks and Wildlife stocked the pond for the derby, giving kids the chance to catch everything from 10-inch trout to the largest of the day, a 13.5-inch trout by Simeon Baldwin of New Mexico.

“It was a beautiful morning of fishing,” said Vanessa Agee, director of marketing and communications for the town. “We owe a huge ‘thank you’ to Colorado Parks and Wildlife for stocking the pond and to the Gore Range Chapter of Trout Unlimited for providing very helpful volunteers. The derby would not happen without these folks.”

Age group, 0-5 years

1. Blake Trione — 3 years old of Lakewood with a 10-inch trout

2. Cruz Mendes — 4 years old of Wildernest/Silverthorne with a 9-inch trout

Age group, 6-8 years

1. Simeon Baldwin — 7 years old of Albuquerque, New Mexico took 1st place with a 13.5-inch trout (largest of the derby)

2. Mac Lukasiewicz — 7 years old of Dillon with a 12.5-inch trout

3. Kayden Junod — 8 years old of Colorado Springs with a 12-inch trout

Age group, 9-12 years

1. Mason Lukasiewicz — 10 years old of Dillon with a 12.5-inch trout

2. Samantha Kenz — 10 years old of Centennial with an 11.25-inche inch trout

3. Gates Marshall — 10 years old of Broomfield with a 10-inch trout

3. Edwin Taylor — 12 years old of Denver with a 10-inch trout

Age group, 13-15 years

1. Luke Ide — 13 years old of Shoreview, Minnesota with a 10-inch trout

Mountain Goat Kids trail series returns with 4 events in July

Tykes, now’s your time to shine on the trail.

Yesterday marked the 2016 debut of the Frisco Mountain Goat Kids’ Trail Running Series. Now in its second season, events are held every Tuesday this July, with races on July 12, July 19 and July 26.

The series is all about fun, so there will be no timing or awards, and parents are welcome to accompany kids on the racecourse.

“It is really cool to see kids of all ages getting out on the trails for a run,” said Linsey Joyce, the town’s recreation programs manager. Last year, there were even kids running who were still working on really mastering walking!”

All races start at 5:45 p.m. at the Frisco Day Lodge. Cost is $15 by 5 p.m. on the day prior to the race. Day-of registration is $20 and available from 4:30-5:30 p.m. inside the Frisco Adventure Park day lodge. Kids can also register for the whole series for $45 to receive a t-shirt as a series gift.

Registration fee includes race entry, finisher gift and a slice of pizza. After the race, families can hang out and enjoy the free activities at the Frisco Adventure Park, including horseshoes, corn hole, coloring, the Frisco Bike Park, the Frisco Skate Park and Peak One Disc Golf Course. Kids will need to bring their own bikes, skateboards and golf discs for outside activities.

There will be different race distances and courses for each age group: Mini Goats (4 years old and younger run) 0.5 to one-mile courses; Junior Goats (5-8 years old) run 1.5 to two-mile courses; and Senior Goats (9 years – 13 years) run a 5K course. If a child wants to run a longer or shorter distance than their category, they’re encouraged to join.

Parents can race for free, but they will need to fill out a waiver before racing. To pre-register go to or call 970-668-2558.

Organizers invite parents to volunteer as course marshals if they aren’t running. Anyone who volunteers by the Monday prior to a Tuesday race receives a free race entry for one child.

To volunteer, contact Linsey Joyce at 970-668-9133 or email

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