The XTERRA Marathon of Trail Races took place as scheduled this past Sunday at Cheyenne Mountain Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado. That was noteworthy in itself.
Flooding throughout the state of Colorado in mid-September damaged roads, homes and even took lives. Still, nearly 300 runners showed up to participate in the Marathon of Trail Races.
"The course was beautiful," full-marathon course winner Alejandro Rocqu Venzor, told the Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper. "You wouldn't believe what happened here just a couple days ago."
Race director Victoria Seahorn said volunteers and Cheyenne Mountain Park workers helped repair damaged parts of the course earlier in the week, and other parts of the course were re-routed to assure safety.
The event featured a 42K full-marathon course, a 21K half-marathon course, and a 5K.
Venzor finished the marathon course in 3:57:47, and was the only runner to complete it under four hours. Connilee Walter from Colorado Springs was an impressive third overall and the first female, finishing with a time of 4:29:32.
In the 21K, Dan Vega from Colorado Springs prevailed for the third consecutive year. His time of 1:32:26 was nearly three minutes faster than his time of last year. Rochelle Persson from Colorado Springs was the top female, finishing with a time of 1:50:03.