The 2018 XTERRA Big Elk Trail Run Festival was a chance for returning veterans and newcomers to experience the magic of the trails.
In the XTERRA Big Elk Trail Marathon, Dan Berteletti, from Golden, Colorado took the title in 3:13:23, which translated to an impressive 7:37 pace for 26.1 miles. Raj Hathiramani, from New York City took second place in 3:41:12, and Andrew Castaloi, from Medford, Massachusetts took third in 3:50:17.
In the women’s trail marathon, XTERRA veteran Laura Lunardi, from West Chester, Pennsylvania was fourth overall in 3:50:28. Teresa Frenzel was second in 4:01:45, and Stephanie Burdette was third in 4:52:45.
This was Lunardi's third year in a row winning the marathon distance.
"XTERRA Big Elk is one of my favorites," said Lunardi. "It's such an overall fun course and I love the variety if offers - lots of shaded woods, open fields, creek crossings, and rolling hills. The race director does such a nice job and the volunteers along the course are great. This year my five kids joined me and while I was running the marathon they all ran the 10K."
Just like their speedy mom, Lundardi's children all podiumed for their age groups.
In the XTERRA Big Elk Half Marathon, Stephen Tucker took the win in 1:29:16. Eric Barton was second in 1:33:45 and Taylor Shoulders was third in 1:34:36.
In the women’s division, Nicole Clark won in 1:53:21 while Aroline Hanson was second in 1:56:30. Julie Henk was third in 1:59:04.
Zach Chupa was the 10K champ in 39:41 while Justin Pino was second in 45:50 and Bill Rose was third in 46:49. In the women’s 10K, Christine Reiner won in 55:10, Kathy Nguyen was second in 56:00, and Colette Blasko was third in 58:00.
The fun continued into the 5K, where Russell Inman took the win in 24:41. Andrew Inman was second in 29:43, and Bernie Burke was third in 30:34. The women were right there with the men, with winner Zoe LaMonte coming in second overall in 27:22. Brittany Rehig was second for the women (and fourth overall) in 29:51 while Sarah Inman was third in 32:10.