Hayden Cog Run proves sucessful

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Results

Cog (8.4 Mile):

Male: 1st - Alan Belshaw 54:37; 2nd - Travis Mattern 56:22

Female: 1st - Caroline Johnson 1:11:10; 2nd - Hadley Nylen 1:14:43

10K (6 MIiles)

Male: 1st - Joel Rae 46:38; 2nd - Eric Robinson 1:06:02

Female: 1st - Christine Knight 42:06 (1st overall); 2nd - Lauren Taratoot 54:53

5K (3 Miles)

Male: 1st - Chris Zirkle (14 years old) 21:25 1st overall; 2nd - Chris Adams 23:49

Female: 1st - Lisa Adams 23:24; 2nd - Laura Zirkle (16 years old) 23:56

— With three races, beautiful weather and a ton of prizes, the Hayden Cog Run proved to be a hit once again.

Despite a decline in the overall number of competitors, those who competed in last weekend's race came away from the run wearing smiles - albeit tired ones.

"My strategy is just to get up the hill," said Don Platt, who has competed in the Cog Run for 20 years. "Because coming down is fun."

Alan Belshaw finished the 8.4-mile Cog Run in first with a time of 54 minutes, 37 seconds. Travis Mattern finished second in 56:22.

"I tried to catch up with (Belshaw)," Mattern said. "I tried to look 10 feet ahead of me and not look too far up the hill. The tough part was that I didn't know where the end of the hill was."

On the women's side, Caroline Johnson finished first in the Cog Run with a time of 1:11:10. Hadley Nylen finished second.

While the Cog Run provides the most challenging race, the 10K and 5K feature easier, family-friendly races.

In the 10K, Joel Rae (46:38) finished first in the men's division followed by Eric Robinson (1:06:02). Christine Knight finished first overall and first in the women's division with a time of 42:06, while Lauren Taratoot finished second (54:53).

Fourteen-year-old Chris Zirkle finished first in the men's 5K with a time of 21:25. Chris Adams was second in 23:49.

On the women's side, Lisa Adams finished first in the 5K with a time of 23:24. Laura Zirkle finished second in 23:56.

The next Steamboat Springs Running Series event - the Steamboat Marathon - takes place June 3.

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