Ashley Brasovan from Westminster, CO and Gerald Romero from Colorado Springs, CO captured the XTERRA Beaver Creek 19-kilometer trail race in Avon, Colorado this morning with winning times of 1:16:31 and 1:19:30, respectively.
Brasovan, the 2018 USATF 30K Trail Champion, took the lead in the first mile and never looked back. She was the only runner of the day to post a sub 7-minute mile pace.
“About one-mile up the first climb through the Aspens I caught the first man, and decided to pass him and go for it, and I felt great after that and couldn’t have asked for a better day,” said Brasovan.
“Still, there was never a point where I thought, I got this, so I was still running in fear a little bit. Once I realized I could win the overall I was hoping those guys wouldn’t catch me.”
This race was the unofficial kick-off to Brasovan’s trail run season, and a good build towards her next A-race at the Pikes Peak Ascent in August.
“I wanted to do a couple high altitude, big hill races to get ready for that and this was perfect,” said Brasovan. “It was beautiful weather; you couldn’t have asked for better weather. 50s at the start and got up to maybe 70 by the end of the race. The course was beautiful and XTERRA puts on great races. The course was well marked, featured some really smooth single track and fire roads. You could smell the fresh air. I feel like we’ve had a lot of smog on the front range so it’s nice to get fresh air in the mountains up here and smell the trees.
Arianne Parisi from Golden, CO and Yvette Ballesteros from Mexico City finished second and third for the women.
In the men’s race Romero pulled away from Patrick Martin, the eventual runner-up, early on and crossed the line more than two-minutes ahead of him.
“Awesome feeling to win the men’s race today,” said Romero. “This race is special to me. Last year I won my division and got my certificate to go to the XTERRA Trail Running World Championships, and that’s what prompted my wife and I to go to Hawaii. And when I was there, I won the 45-49 division title.”
With his win today, Romero said he’s headed back to Oahu in November to defend his crown.
“I’m already registered,” smiled Romero, an XTERRA Colorado Series Champ.
Xavier Mendez from Mexico City was strong and steady all day to finish in third.
In the day’s other races, Oeyvind Heiberg Sundy and Annie Bersagel from Norway won the 10K races, while Malia Dickhens from Honolulu, HI and Lars Hanschke from Puebla, Mexico won the 5K runs.
Find complete results at jtltiming.com.
Today’s XTERRA Beaver Creek 19K was the fourth of six races in the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series, and the top runners in every age group for the 19K course of the Beaver Creek Trail Run received points toward the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series standings and each division champion was awarded a complimentary entry into the 2019 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship to be held November 24 at Kualoa Ranch on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu.
The XTERRA Colorado Series continues in Castle Rock, CO on August 4, and concludes at XTERRA Indian Peaks in Nederland, CO on August 10.