Summit Trail Running Series off and running |

Summit Trail Running Series off and running

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Summit Daily/Mark Fox

BRECKENRIDGE – As Greg Ruckman put it, there’s just nothing like going for a good run.

“I love mountain biking, I love randonee, I love rowing,” he said, “but there’s nothing as pure as just coming out and running a trail.”

Well, it seemed that many agreed with Ruckman, the two-time Olympic rower, as there were more than 175 people out in French Gulch on Wednesday evening for the season-opening race of the 2010 Summit Trail Running Series.

Ruckman said he hadn’t “run a trail in 17 years,” but his results suggested otherwise. The Summit local was the first-overall finisher on the race’s “long course,” which roughly adds up to a 10k.

“There are other people that are faster than me, for sure,” he said. “It’s just great to get out and do it.”

The race – which also had a shorter 5k course – took runners through the trails of French Gulch, starting and finishing at the Country Boy Mine near the Wellington Neighborhood.

Race director Linsey Kach said the course was a perfect fit for a season opener.

“The course goes on some great trails. People can see old mines and the dredge boat,” she said. “It should give everyone a great idea of what the trail-running series is all about.”

And part of that is that, well, some of these runs are pretty darn hard.

Summit High Nordic skiing standout Tucker McCrerey crossed the line first in the short contest with a time of 24:39.

“It was hard, that hill climb,” he said, still catching his breath. “Then it was all downhill from there. It was a fun course.”

Carolyn Parsons of Denver was the second women’s finisher – behind only Billy Green – on the 5k track, cruising to a time of 29:05. And considering it was her first STRS and she only decided to sign up at the last minute, Parsons was happy with her run.

“I’d already done a workout today and I’d done some trail runs earlier this week, so I couldn’t take this too seriously,” she said. “I feel pretty good about it. I was hanging in there.”

Parsons also won her women’s 40-49 division.

Other division winners were Tess Olson (women’s short 19 and under), Billy Green (women’s short 20-29), Christie Leidal (women’s short 30-39), Sheila Trowbridge (women’s short 50-59), Bonnie McCoy (women’s short 60+), Drew Anderson (men’s short 20-29), Chris Abell (men’s short 30-39), Stephan Nicolas (men’s short 40-49), Paul Olson (men’s short 50-59), Lowell McCoy (men’s short 60+), Becky Lee (women’s long 20-29), Jen Schappert (women’s long 30-39), Colleen Ihnken (women’s lone 40-49), Cindy Bargell (women’s long 50-59), Ryan Anderson (men’s long 20-29), David Wilcox (men’s long 40-49), Kevin Ahern (men’s long 50-59), John Swartz (men’s long 60+).

Wednesday’s race was the first in the six-stop series. The next race is June 16 on the Tom’s Baby Trail.

For more information on the series or for full results, visit

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