Summit Trail Running Series: Short course, quick finish
BRECKENRIDGE – Series director Linsey Kach described the Wednesday’s stop of the Summit Trail Running Series at Baker’s Tank as being “short and sweet.”And that certainly served Drew Anderson well.”I hate the long ones,” he joked, still catching his breath at the finish line. “Short and fast is easier than long and sluggish.”Anderson’s time of 18:41 certainly made the course at the Boreas Pass trailhead look pretty easy. The Breckenridge resident was the first short-course finisher on the night.”I just run as hard as I can,” he said. “I don’t train much for this, but I’m going for it every chance I get.”As the third stop in the summer-long STRS, Wednesday’s race was one of the shortest courses racers will see. The short course measured in at 2.7 miles, according to Kach, and the long course was 5.7.More than 170 runners competed in the race’s 23 different divisions, although not many of them would took the approach that Breck’s Helen Cospolich did. An ultra-marathon runner, Cospolich had already done half her “training” for the day – a 6-mile run – before ever arriving at Baker’s Tank.That didn’t stop her from cruising to a win in the women’s long-course competition.”I enjoy the short races, because I hardly ever get a chance to do them, especially in Breckenridge,” said Cospolich.And a fast race isn’t something she normally gets to do either.”We took off on that race and, oh my gosh, I couldn’t remember the last time I started so fast in a race,” she said.Cospolich – who will compete later this summer in a 100-mile endurance race in Chamonix, France – finished ahead of second-place finisher Amy Friedman and Jennifer Schappert, who was third.Sylvan Ellefson won the men’s side of the long race, followed closely by Ryan Anderson, Drew’s brother. Josh Smith was third.Summit High’s Tess Olson was the top women’s finisher on the short course, beating out Katherine Pappas by a mere 14 seconds.All in all, most of the runners agreed with Kach’s assessment of the race, as nearly every competitor finished just before a downpour of rain.”It’s a good course,” Anderson said. “They do a good job making sure they have a nice range of courses – from long and hilly to short and relatively quick. It was nice to have that one today.”Other division winners were: Susan Evans (women’s short 20-29), Christie Leidal (women’s short 30-39), Mary Pappas (women’s short 40-49), Sheila Trowbridge (women’s short 50-59), Bonnie McCoy (women’s short 60+), Zach Armstrong (men’s short 19 & under), Josh Blanchard (men’s short 30-39), Stephen Nicolas (men’s short 40-49), Paul Olson (men’s short 50-59), Lowell McCoy (men’s short 60+), Bree Schrader (women’s long 19 & under), Sarah Slaton (women’s long 20-29), Colleen Ihnken (women’s long 40-49), Delcia Litt (women’s long 50-59), Tyler Prusisz (men’s long 19 & under), Greg Friedman ((men’s long 30-39), David Wilcox (men’s long 40-49), Bob Cottrell (men’s long 50-59) and John Swartz Jr. (men’s long 60+).The next stop of the STRS – sponsored by The North Face Breckenridge at 322 South Main Street – is July 7 at Horseshoe Gulch.
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