Mountain Madness running race in Steamboat Springs a big draw
July 6, 2013
Steamboat Springs — Overnight storms resulted in cooler weather for the 265 people participating in Saturday morning’s Mountain Madness half-marathon and 10-kilometer races in Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat Springs Running Series Director Cara Marrs said a record number of people had preregistered for the event, which had a special purpose this year. Proceeds from the event went to Scott Blair, a local physical therapist who has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Blair typically is the Mountain Madness race director, and his supporters were racing and helping put on the event. Aid stations were manned by volunteers from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Emerald Mountain School and SportsMed at Yampa Valley Medical Center, where Blair works.
Marrs estimated that the event raised more than $6,000. All of the proceeds from the sale of Honey Stinger and PowerIce products went to Blair.
The race was a big draw for people in town for the July Fourth holiday, and locals dominated the podiums.
Both courses began at the Howelsen Ice Arena parking lot and went out on River Road. The half-marathon looped through Dakota Ridge, and both courses returned to the starting line. The climb up Dakota Ridge in the half-marathon race made for an additional challenge.
“It’s brutal,” said Steamboat resident Luke Crespin, who was the fastest man. “Those climbs just never seem like they ever end, and the bottom is just rollers. You never really get a break.”
Billy Edwards took second place for the men in the half-marathon, and Eddie Rogers took third.
Local professional triathlete Heather Gollnick was the fastest woman. Kris Andersen took second, and Shelby Johnson came in third.
In the 10-kilometer race, Campbell Ilfrey crossed the finish line first for the men. Glen Light was second, and Josh Smullin was third. For the women, Janey Heard was first, Hailey Swirbul came in second and Jenny Fox was third.
The next Running Series race is the July 20 Spring Creek Memorial trail run. There is a 9-mile and 5-kilometer race, and proceeds from the event support the Running Series.
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