Beaver Creek Resort - Avon, CO (July 21, 2013) – Jordan Chavez from Grapevine, Texas and Cheri Vieregg from Boulder won the XTERRA Beaver Creek 10K, while Cameron Moore from Edwards and Bethanie Merrick from Alamosa won the 5K at Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado this morning.
Chavez, who just finished his freshman year the University of Richmond (VA) and is a member of the Junior U.S. Mountain Running Team, took an early lead on Olympian Roberto Mandje and never lost it taking the tape in 36:23 – a 5:52 per mile pace.
“It was a great race. That first climb was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be with the switchbacks it was pretty tough, and then the second half was good the rolling hills were tough but I liked it a lot,” said Chavez, who finished 17th (top American) at the Junior World Mountain Running Championships in Italy last year.
“I’ve always liked mountain running because it’s a good platform for cross country season. I used to live in Glenwood Springs, and come here every summer, and just love running up the mountain.”
Roberto Mandje, who placed 2nd, represented Equatorial Guinea in the 1,500-meter race at the 2004 Olympics, and he is training in Colorado to qualify for the 2016 Games, possibly in the marathon event. Mandje was on Chavez’ shoulder for the first K before the first big climb, and he’s happy with his performance in his first race back from injury.
“Feels great to get the rust off a little,” said Mandje. “Chavez is a great runner, and I would’ve liked to give him a better chase but I’m just happy to be back into it, and now I can start building for XTERRA Nationals in Utah this September.”
Mandje has already won two XTERRA Trail Run events this year (Lake Las Vegas and Cheyenne Mountain), and also placed a close second at the XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Run 21K in May.
In the women’s race Vieregg, like Chavez, took the lead early and never relinquished it but the women’s race was much tighter with Anna Kharlamova coming in just 19 seconds back in 2nd place.
“It was a little tough to catch my breath but it was awesome,” said Vieregg. “I kept looking behind me, and she was right behind and closed towards the end. It was my first trail race, and I might have to change over, this was awesome and can’t wait to do it again.”
The Welsch sisters from Alvin, Texas, made their way to Colorado to race in the Beaver Creek 10K for the first time. Kaytlynn Welsch, 13, recently completed a successful run in the 2013 XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series with three top overall female victories. Heather Welsch, 11, is returning to action after a foot injury earlier in the year. She was the youngest runner in the Beaver Creek 10K as of today. Kaytlynn finished fourth woman (9th overall), and first in the 10-14 division, with Heather 2nd in the division.
At the other end of the age spectrum, Steve Parker from Denver won his third consecutive age-group title at the Beaver Creek Trail Run, winning the 60-64 division and placing 10th overall.
The XTERRA Beaver Creek 10K was the fourth, and final, event of the 2013 XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series. As such, the age-group championships for the season standings were at stake. Every age-group champ from the final standings of the Colorado Series will receive a free entry to the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, on September 22.
Here is the list of 2013 XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series champions:
|Female 25-29||Anna Kharlamova||28||Manitou Springs||CO|
|Female 30-34||Corrina Tackett||32||Colorado Springs||CO|
|Female 35-39||Wendy Hernandez||37||Castle Rock||CO|
|Female 40-44||Danielle Spivey||44||Colorado Springs||CO|
|Female 45-49||Missy Ross||46||Colorado Springs||CO|
|Female 60-64||Cindi Toepel||62||Littleton||CO|
|Male 10-14||Reed Vanderlugt||12||Grand Rapids||MI|
|Male 25-29||Alex Clayton||29||Colorado Springs||CO|
|Male 30-34||J. Marshall Thomson*||34||Crested Butte||CO|
|Male 35-39||Brian Cusick||39||Denver||CO|
|Male 40-44||Philip Vanderlugt||44||Grand Rapids||MI|
|Male 45-49||Dan Vega||46||Colorado Springs||CO|
|Male 50-54||David Mulligan*||52||Colorado Springs||CO|
|Male 55-59||Randall Rapetti||59||Camino||CA|
|Male 60-64||Steve Parker*||62||Denver||CO|
|Male 65-69||Carl Nelson||65||Colorado Springs||CO|
|*Repeat champion from 2012|
The XTERRA Beaver Creek trail runs were presented by Paul Mitchell, Beaver Creek Resort, the Live More Car, and AVIA, and sponsored by Gatorade, PowerBar, Rudy Project, Utah Sports Commission, Choice Hotels, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRA Fitness, FootBalance, Muscle Milk, LifeProof, Zorrel, East-West Resorts, and the Town of Avon.