Spirit Challenge kicks off series

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— The beginning of the 2002 Steamboat Springs Running Series got under way Saturday with the 17th annual running of the Spirit Challenge Race.

Seventy-five runners took part in the 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run event that helped to raise money for the Legacy Education Foundation.

"Everything went really well," said race director Maggie Glueck. "The course was well marked, and I think everyone was happy. The weather was great. The sun was out and the temperatures were cool."

The 5K course was a rolling on and off road loop, while the 10K was an out uphill and back downhill course through Strawberry Park.

Greg Long, 39, was the first across the finish line in the men's 5K Run with a time of 18:54. Davis Miller, 16, was second in 20:22 and Alex Miller, 16, came in at 20:56.

Lisa Adams, 32, was the first woman to complete the 5K course in 23:19. She was followed by Nikki Cole, 27, in 24:45 and Kay Stuart, 49, in 25:46.

Dan Miller, 46, finished the 5K Walk first in 35:48 followed by Kathy Miller, 46, in 39:06.

The top three finishers in the men's 10K were: Jim Harkness, 35, in 37:08; Pete Heck, 34, in 37:32; and Paul Sachs, 40, in 38:33.

On the women's side of the 10K, Sara Whittlingham, 27, placed first in 46:28. Heather Eller, 32, came across second in 46:41, and third went to Jane Reece, 37, in 48:14.

The 2002 Clif Running Series will feature 12 events this year due to the postponement of the Fish Creek Sneak on June 16.

With the Spirit Challenge behind the runners and walkers, they will look toward the 24th annual Hayden Cog Run on May 19.

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