Up a creek

Nearly 100 runners take part in memorial race

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— After finishing the 5K race at the Spring Creek Memorial Saturday, Steamboat runner Linda Casner was just getting warmed up.

Casner, a 48-year-old competitor who finished second in the women's 5K, completed a 20-mile bike ride following the run.

There also was a nine-mile-plus run in Saturday's competition.

"I just did the 5K race, so I came home and then did a bike ride," she said. "I did a 20-mile bike ride out Twentymile Road."

Casner finished the 5K run in 27 minutes and 59 seconds.

Beth White of Craig won the women's 5K in 23:48.

Pete Heck of Steamboat won the men's nine-mile run in 1:10:02, followed by Taylor Hatcher of Steamboat in 1:10:22.

Littleton's Kelly Heaney crossed the finish line in 1:21:33 to take first place in the women's nine-mile run.

Stephanie Scholl of Kremmling was the runner-up, coming in at 1:24:10.

Chris Young, Spring Creek race director, said the competition went smoothly, except for a problem at the end when the organizers were trying to distribute drinks to runners.

"We ran out of cups," Young said. "There were a lot of people hanging out who were not racing. They were using the cups and throwing them away."

Emily Conjura, Steamboat Springs Running Series director, said the long-distance runs involved about five miles of uphill racing.

Conjura competed Saturday in the women's nine-mile.

She said the Spring Creek Memorial which is held each year in memory of Patty Brenner Hagberg drew nearly 100 competitors.

Hagberg was struck and killed by an automobile along the Spring Creek trail in 1991.

Those who did the long-distance run followed the old stage route to Buffalo Pass and then on to Dry Lake. Runners then returned to the Spring Creek trail and back to where they started at the Spring Creek Reservoir.

Davis Miller of Steamboat won the men's 5K in 20:28 and Colton Grinolds of Craig was second at 20:53.

There also was a 1K children's fun run around the reservoir.

Casner, who has been running for 25 years, said the Spring Creek course is one of her favorites.

"It's a trail race, so it is uneven," Casner said. "It's rocky. There are stones and roots and uneven ends of the trail that just makes it a little more challenging and more interesting.

"I love running it. I think it is beautiful."

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