Running series races shape up

Leidigh, Freeman hold leads through two events

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Running Series points

Through two events

Women

1. Deborah Freeman, 36

2. Kathy Falkenberg, 28

2. Megan Gregg, 28

3. Lisa Adams, 20

3. Diane Carter, 20

3. Darby Dale-Burger, 20

3. Jenna Gruben, 20

3. Cara Murrs, 20

3. Delanie Vedepo, 20

Men

1. Derek Leidigh, 40

2. Joel Rae, 36

3. Tom Nelson, 27

4. Walter Magill, 25

5. Don Platt, 23

Remaining schedule

June 29 USATF 10K Trail National Championships#

July 4 Steamboat Sprint*

July 6 Mountain Madness

July 12 Howelsen Hill 8 Miler

July 26 Spring Creek Memorial

Aug. 1 and 2 Wild West Relay*

Aug. 2 Mount Werner Classic

Aug. 17 Continental Trail Divide

Sept. 7 10K at 10,000 Feet

Sept. 13 Kremmling Road Kill

Sept. 13 Run Rabbit Run

Sept. 20 Run for LIFT-UP

#Series points only awarded for the non-USATF 10K race

*Series points not awarded

— Two scored races into the 2008 Steamboat Running Series, one thing is clear: it's a marathon, not a sprint. In the men's and women's divisions, there are plenty of races to go before a favorite for the title emerges.

Derek Leidigh holds a four-point advantage in the men's division, leading second-place Joel Rae with 40 total points.

Deborah Freeman leads the women's standings with 36 points, ahead of Kathy Falkenberg and Megan Gregg, both of whom have 28.

Three of the series' 15 races are in the books, and the next one - a 10-kilometer run associated with the USATF Trail National Championships - looms June 29. The Steamboat Marathon, half marathon and 10-kilometer race didn't count for series points, however.

Points are granted for both a runner's overall finish and his or her finish in the age division. The overall winner is awarded 10 points, each place down losing one point. The same formula applies to the age-division points.

Leidigh has yet to miss anything, winning the 5-kilometer race at May's Spirit Run, then winning the 5K again Saturday at the Hayden Cog Run.

He also ran in the 10K at the Steamboat Marathon, finishing third.

Rae, meanwhile, won the 10K at the Cog Run, but was third behind Leidigh in the Spirit Run 5K.

Tom Nelson is third in the standings with 27 points, and Walter Magill is fourth with 25.

Freeman, one of just five women to have run in both scored races, was second in the 10K in Hayden, which led to the 19-point surge that helped lift her above Falkenberg and Gregg.

Six competitors are tied on the women's side with 20 points.

After this month's trail run, the next event will be the July 4 Steamboat Sprint, but the next chance for runners to gain points will by the July 6 Mountain Madness Half Marathon. A total of 10 point-awarding races remain.

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