Lynn and Andy Picking run with their dog, Lola, on Sunday in the 10K at 10,000.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Lynn and Andy Picking run with their dog, Lola, on Sunday in the 10K at 10,000.

Trapp secures running series championship

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10K at 10,000 results

Men

1. Todd Trapp, 45:49

2. Stephen Hoxey, 48:50

3. Shawn Scholl, 49:46

Women

1. Mary Leising, 57:57

2. Stephanie Scholl, 1:00:39

3. Shelly Sibelius, 1:01:44

— Well, what exactly did people expect him to do for a celebration?

Todd Trapp won Sunday's 10K at 10,000 feet Steamboat Springs Running Series race and, in turn, locked down the men's season-long running series points competition.

After finishing a course that proved to be slightly longer than 10 kilometers in 45 minutes, 49 seconds, Trapp was off again, running along the trails near Rabbit Ears Peak for the next 20 minutes.

It was a different kind of celebration, to be sure, but it was fitting for Trapp, who won his sixth series race.

"At the beginning of the year, when I decided I wanted to race this summer, trying to win the series was a goal," Trapp said. "I figured if I was in a majority of the races, I could finish well and have a chance at it."

Trapp started the day with a 39-point lead in the standings. He didn't lose any ground by winning, finishing ahead of Stephen Hoxey, who came in at 48:50, and Shawn School, 49:46.

With only one scored running series event remaining -the Kremmling Trail Races on Sept. 18 - Trapp cannot be passed, whether he makes the trip to Kremmling or not.

Deborah Freeman maintained her lead in the women's season-long division by finishing first in the 50-59 women's division Sunday. She finished with a time of 1:10:45.

She entered the race with an 11-point lead, ahead of Mary Schuette, and was able to maintain an edge by winning in her age division.

The women's standings won't be decided until after the Kremmling race.

Mary Leising won the women's race Sunday with a time of 57:57. The Front Range runner traveled with friends for the race and proved she was able enough in the high altitude to hold off Stephanie Scholl, who finished at 1:00:39, and Shelly Sibelius, at 1:01:44.

"It was harder than I expected," Leising said. "It was a beautiful course, but difficult."

The race drew 65 runners, fewer than it has in the past, but it was a healthy allotment, considering the near disaster of the last week. The wrong date was printed on all the series' advertising and published on its Web site - this problem was discovered Wednesday.

The Web site was updated, registered racers were notified and the morning was saved, though organizers were left with a few extra boxes of race T-shirts.

Andy Picking, a former series champ who ran Sunday with his wife, Lynn, nearly missed the race, but he had enough time to bring along his two dogs.

He ran step for step with Lynn, who was running her first race of the season, and they both tried to keep up with their chocolate lab, Hazie, and black lab, Lola.

"I just decided last night I'd run. This race was a lot different for him - I slowed him down," she said, laughing.

Her husband didn't seem to mind.

"She has a 3-year-old and a 16-month-old, and she's out here running," Andy Picking said. "It was great running."

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