Results from the revived Breckenridge Road Marathon Sept. 19
Special to the Daily
2015 Breckenridge Road Marathon
1. Jonathan Fenske, 43:10
2. Matthew Miller, 57:56
3. Matthew Coady, 59:50
1. Rayleen Barson, 50:59
2. Tracie Rupert, 55:59
3. Julie Elertson, 57:12
1. Joey Brenner (Team VRB), 1:16:42
2. Kevin Moynihan, 1:34:11
3. Pepi Peterson (Team VRB), 1:34:15
1. Rachel Viele, 1:25:20
2. Hallie Silberman, 1:38:25
3. Jodie Taylor, 1:40:29
1. Ethan Ross, 3:20:40
2. Scott Delmoro, 3:25:25
3. Camil Boehm, 3:27:05
1. Nicole Marsh (Team VRB), 3:12:48
2. Shannon Haynes (Team VRB), 3:28:05
3. Nicole Delmoro, 3:50:35
On Sept. 19, Vertical Runner Breckenridge revived a long-gone race: the Breckenridge Road Marathon. The route took runners from Breckenridge to Frisco to Dillon on the paved rec path, with three distances: A quarter marathon, a half marathon and the marquee full marathon.
The race was last run in the early ‘80s and featured the amazing scenery of Summit County, just as it does today. Sadly, the race just faded away. Bringing the race back was a dream for me and my wife, Vertical Runner owner Molly Mikita.
The 2015 race featured a run through Breckenridge, Frisco and Dillon, using Lake Dillon as a backdrop for more than half of the course. The marathon started at the base of Peak 8 before connecting with the Summit County recreation path to finish at the Dillon Amphitheatre.
The saying, “It takes a village,” could not be any truer when putting on a race across an entire county, and we are blessed to live in a wonderful village. When trying to put on something big like this in the community, you realize how much we need one another. From permits and timing to volunteers, road closures and police support, this truly became a race that involved everyone. Oh, and let’s not forget more than 250 runners who made the race a success.
With four divisions (marathon, half marathon, quarter marathon and kid’s race) there was something for everyone. The weather was absolutely perfect: Yellow Aspens, blue skies and warm temperatures provided the perfect setup for the reincarnation of this classic race.
As far as results go, Team Vertical Runner had a great showing, with multiple podium placers. Overall winner Nicole March lives on the Front Range and races for Team VRB. She beat all finishers, including men, by nearly eight minutes on the full marathon course with a time of 3:12. She ran a virtually perfect race — no one thought the winning time would be so fast — and she laid down a course record that is likely to stand for many years.
“This race is special because of all of the little local touches — the handmade-beetle kill awards and medals, to the finish line food, and, obviously, the course is absolutely perfect,” March said. “The Breckenridge Road Marathon is just a great race. I am happy to be a part of such a great event.”
Taking second place in the women’s marathon was Shannon Haynes, also known as the Breckenridge Police chief. She finished with a sizzling fast time of 3:28.
The marathon was supported by Jeff Westcott and the crew at Maverick Sports, along with the towns of Breckenridge, Frisco and Dillon. Summit County also helped with logistics. Vertical Runner thanks all of the volunteers, race sponsors Colorado Mountain College, Howard Head and Sketchers, Judy Mikita and, most importantly, the runners who came out for the revived marathon.
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