Marathon runners turn in repeat performances

Sun makes for warm marathon journey

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— On Sunday, Thornton's Jason Saitta added his name to the list of double winners of the annual Steamboat Marathon.

Saitta completed the trek from Hahn's Peak Village to downtown Steamboat Springs in 2 hours, 46 minutes and 16 seconds to win his second-straight Steamboat Marathon.

Saitta trimmed about five minutes from his 1999 time under a blazing sun. Last year, he had to battle chilly temperatures and snow as he made the same trip along Elk River Road.

Saitta was chased by Lakewood's Steve Krebs, who finished second at 2:50.32, and third-place finisher Chris Sweeney of Boulder, who made his trip in 2:51.34.

The women's race also was won by last year's first-place finisher. Cindy Enochs of Boulder completed the race in a time of 3:15.10.

The marathon champions, however, were just a few of the winners in Steamboat Springs' biggest running weekend of the year. More than 500 runners competed in the marathon, 900 raced in the half marathon and 2,234 runners took part in the marathon, half-marathon and 10-kilometer events combined making it one of the biggest Steamboat Marathon weekends on record.

Shannon Butler of Boulder won the men's half-marathon in a time of 1:15.20 and Kelly Carlson, also of Boulder, won the women's half-marathon race in a time of 1:22.34.

Hector Hernandez of Boulder also repeated in the 10K as he raced to his second-straight win in a time of 32:25. Hometown favorite Tenadore Dean was second at 34:47.

Cheyenne's Katie Lyman raced to the women's 10K title in a time of 40:53 over Grand Junction's Jill Henwood who was second at 41:11.

To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@amigo.net

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