You never know what the weather will do in the Rocky Mountains in April. Last year, runners at XTERRA Cheyenne Mountain 5/12/24K were tossed about by the 70 mph cold wind. This year, they experienced the other side of Colorado’s tempestuous spring weather.
“It was an excellent race,” said race director Victoria Seahorn. “The weather broke and it was incredibly beautiful with crystal clear blue skies and cool temperatures around 60 and 65 towards the end.”
Well-known trail runner, Dan Vega, was the 24K champ. He ran 1:53:41 over the tough course and finished about 13 minutes ahead of second place overall and first place female, Corinne Shalvoy. Frank Holmes was second for the men in 2:06:53 and Todd Short was third in 2:07:10.
Haley Williamson was the second female, finishing the 24K in 2:07:44 while Trudi Jackson was third in 2:22:31.
In the men’s 12K, Jeff Cuno crossed the line in 57:26. Kim Baugh – former XTERRA Cheyenne Mountain 24K Champ – took the shorter distance in 1:00:18, finishing second overall. Graham Shalvoy was second for the men in 1:01:45 and Darren Rapaport was third for the men in 1:07:14. Finishing just in front of Rapaport were runner up and third-place women’s finishers, Amanda Lee and Stephanie Meisner, who finished the 12K in 1:02:22 and 1:06:58, respectively.
“The 5K men’s champ set a course record by 10 seconds,” said Seahorn about Martin Patrick, who won in 21:15. Teo Jackson was second in 21:32 and women’s champ, Kevyn Stokes was third in 25:19. Thad Prouty was third for the men in 27:55.
On the women’s side, Taylor Meisner finished second in 29:34 and Courtney Canepa was third in 29:35.
Next up in the XTERRA Colorado Series is the XTERRA Beaver Creek 5/10/20K on July 22nd.
Learn more about the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series.