Before embarking on his senior season of at Montana State University, Mark Iverson decided to spend his summer in his hometown of Steamboat Springs.
On Sunday, the 23-year-old collegiate Nordic skier won the men's Steamboat 10-kilometer race with a time of 36 minutes, 38 seconds, leading a surge of local runners across the finish line.
The top-six male finishers -- Iverson, Thad Gilliam, Alex Miller, Davis Miller, Charlie Stoddard and Greg Long -- were from Steamboat Springs. The top five were 23 years old or younger.
All six got their 6.2-mile workout done before 8:15 a.m.
Iverson said he ran in the leading pack on the way out of town and took sole possession of the lead shortly thereafter.
"I was just trying to check my splits," he said about tracking his minutes-per-mile time.
Sandwiched between Davis Miller and Charlie Stoddard was the 10K women's winner, Julie Bryan, who finished in 40:50.
Bryan competed in her first Steamboat 10K event Sunday by accident.
On Saturday, she was in Vail competing in a trail run. On her way home to Jackson, Wyo., Bryan noticed that Steamboat was hosting a Steamboat Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K race the next morning.
She pulled the car off the road, got a room and soaked in the hot tub to prepare for Sunday's race. Kudos to Bryan for registering late, considering Saturday was cold, rainy and miserable.
"I thought it would be fun to do a road race," Bryan said. "I loved the course with the rolling hills. I didn't really pull away until the last mile."
Boulder's Lesia Atkinson was second in 41:36, and Basalt's Mary Cote was third in 42:52. Routt County's top finisher was Heather Eller, who also is the director of the Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Running Series. She finished ninth in 45:46.
For the men, Gilliam was second in 38:24, and Alex Miller was third in 38:50.