Caroline Veltri and reigning XTERRA Trail Run World Champ, Joe Gray won the XTERRA Castle Rock 20k on Sunday, August 6th at Philip S. Miller Park.
The course showcased the newly constructed trails in Phillip S. Miller Park and the single and double track trails that surround Castle Rock, Colorado. The course was designed by Peter Maksimow, also known as “The Prez." Maksimow is an elite mountain, trail and ultra runner and member of the silver medal-winning US team at the 2015 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships.
Caroline Veltri cruised to an easy win in the women's division, finishing in 1:40:47, about six minutes ahead of runner up Kelly Devlin. Kevyn Stokes was third in 1:50:49. All three women ran the challenging 20k course at sub-nine-minute pace. Veltri ran at 8:08 pace.
Joe Gray expertly navigated the trails, finishing the two-loop course in 1:19:10 and averaging 6:24 pace. Additionally, he ran negative splits, with the second lap about a minute faster than the first. This is typical of Gray's relaxed, confident style and top-notch endurance.
"XTERRA Castle Rock was great," said Gray, after the race, "And Arnold sure knows how to put on a superb event. This is what running and racing is all about - community. There's nothing like getting on the trails for some miles as you challenge yourself and encourage others in the running community to reach their goals as well."
Gray will be heading to Europe to continue his racing season. "Some of my favorite trails are in Switzerland and Norway," he said. "When I'm back I'm going to shift focus to train for the XTERRA Trail Run World Championships in Oahu. Right now, my training and health are great and I'm looking forward to Europe."
Also racing last weekend were reigning XTERRA Age Group World Champs Jo May and Doug Beagle. At XTERRA Castle Rock, both Jo and Doug won their age groups, and Jo ran 27 minutes faster in the 20k than she did last year. They are also XTERRA Colorado Series Regional Champions, despite that they live in Texas.
"We are both healthy and having fun racing," said Beagle. May added that they will both be at the XTERRA Trail Run National and World Championships later this year.
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