Record crowd races at Steamboat’s Mountain Madness |

Record crowd races at Steamboat’s Mountain Madness

Event attracts more than 200

— Boulder resident Chris Stone said he's a regular. He runs trails with a group of friends back home and frequently gets up into the mountains to run, sometimes for a race and sometimes just for fun.

Still, as he tried to cool down after completing Saturday's Mo­­un­­­tain Madness in Steam­boat Springs, he said he was surprised.

"It was one of the most scenic road running courses I've ever done," said Stone, who was ninth in the half-marathon. "It was just fantastic."

Stone had plenty of fellow believers Saturday, as a massive crowd showed up at the starting line. It didn't have the effect of swamping the staff like a similar swarm did last year because the vast majority had preregistered. Still, the attendance numbers swept away any previous records for the race as about 230 started the two events, a half-marathon and a 10-kilometer race.

Competitors came from across the state and even the country, with at least 12 states represented.

"It was a great day," race director Scott Blair said. "People love running here. We get great feedback."

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Many of the racers may have traveled for the event, but many of the top finishers were plenty familiar to locals.

Scott Brane won the men's 10-kilometer race, the day's event that counted toward season-long Steamboat Springs Running Series points. His victory helped secure his spot atop the men's standings.

"I tried to go out fast and get a lead so I could cruise," Brane said. "With so many tourists in town, you never know who will show up and run real fast. So I got a lead and built a little advantage. Still, I had to work hard. It's not an easy course."

Derek Leidigh was second in the race at 38:23 and Asher Rohde was third in 38:38.

Steamboat's Mary Schuette won the women's race in 49:30, ahead of local Lisa Adams in second at 50:19. Only a late run by Amy Rounkle, who finished third in 50:52, kept the women's 10K from being an all-local podium.

Stuart Geer, of Boulder, hung back early in the men's half-marathon before surging past Steamboat's Allen Belshaw at the 9-mile mark. He carried that momentum on to win the race in 1:27:48.

Belshaw was second at 1:29:32, and Harald Niedl was third in 1:32:32.

"Allen was ahead of me, and he's tough," Geer said. "I was pretty pleased when I caught up to him. We had four miles to go. I was hoping to finish strong, and that paid off for me."

Katie Mazzia won the women's half, finishing in 1:41:00. Kelly Bedell was second in 1:44:20, and Hannah Williams was third at 1:44:50.

"My friends were coming up to do the half-marathon, so I thought it'd be fun to come do something different," said Mazzia, who traveled from Eagle for the race. "I also knew Jenna (Gruben Morrill), and I wanted to come up here and run in honor of her. I'll also come back and do a trail race for her. I love it up here."

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