Summit Trail Running Series: Trail run a mix of dirt & sweat |

Summit Trail Running Series: Trail run a mix of dirt & sweat

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Runners leave the starting line on Lower Flume trail in Breckenridge, one of nearly a dozen featured routes for the Hunky Dory Half Marathon on Aug. 1.
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For Summit Trail Running Series runner Scott Archer, Wednesday’s running and mountain biking events are his hard workout of the week.”I’m never fresh for either,” said Archer, who just came off the 40-mile Wildflower Rush in Crested Butte.Archer ran alongside a handful of other men in the age 20-29 class Wednesday, finishing first in 36 minutes and 2 seconds. The triathlete also competes in the Colorado Triathlon Series and plans to be part of the Xterra Regional Championships later this year.”It was good to have the climb in the beginning,” Archer said, explaining that the hill broke apart the dashing crowd. Once he hit the Flumes, he kept an even pace, he said.While Archer looks at the races as a workout, competitor and soccer player Taylor Lynch does it to push himself harder. So, too, does Jamie Fisher, who came in fourth in the women’s 20-29 division with a 51:08.”It keeps me motivated to stay in shape in the summer,” the Frisco resident said.The trail was dotted with wildflowers, but competitors finished with dust in their lungs and dirt lining their lips. It was a tough finish, some said.For short course age 20-29 women’s top finisher Stephanie Bentz, it’s a mind game to keep the pace.”You’re keeping an eye out for rocks and keeping your mind on where your feet are being placed,” she said. But you also need to keep your mind off actually running. The Summit Cove resident ran the short course in 45:51.”It’s fun to keep up with the pace,” women’s 20-29 third-place finisher Ella Greene said. She recently moved to Summit County from Washington state, so the elevation was a pest at first, but her love to run beat out her elevated heartbeat. She finished with a 1:06.29″I love to run, I love to trail run,” she said. “I’m new to Breck, and I thought this would be a good way to get involved in the community.””There’s a friendly vibe at the race. We’re all here to have fun, and it’s not really a big competition,” said Summit County native Zach Armstrong, who recently came home from school. He finished third in the long course with a 56:49.

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