Tom Nelson keeps pace on the Spring Creek Memorial 9-mile race Saturday in Steamboat Springs. The trail cut through a challenging section so steep that most racers were slowed to a walk. Nelson finished 25th.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Tom Nelson keeps pace on the Spring Creek Memorial 9-mile race Saturday in Steamboat Springs. The trail cut through a challenging section so steep that most racers were slowed to a walk. Nelson finished 25th.

145 competitors flock to Spring Creek Memorial

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Results

9-mile race results

Saturday

Men

1. Paquito Lopez, 1:05:40

2. Luke Crespin, 1:05:47

3. Josh Smullen, 1:06:55

4. Harry Niedl, 1:08:27

5. Scott Hosie, 1:09:05

6. Steve Moxley, 1:10:34

7. Greg Abrahamsom, 1:11:35

8. Andy Picking, 1:12:05

9. Scott Kempers, 1:12:22

10. Shawn Scholl, 1:14:05

11. Scott Blair, 1:14:28

12. Walter Magill, 1:18:35

13. Bart Kounovsky, 1:19:20

14. Edward Altshuler, 1:19:45

15. Jay Kinghorn, 1:20:10

16. Seth Townsend, 1:20:13

17. Gus Kyles, 1:20:27

18. Doug Brandemeier, 1:20:34

19. John Wright, 1:21:32

20. Zach Ruppel, 1:22:40

21. Stuart Hassel, 1:23:35

22. Dave Terranova, 1:23:53

23. Ken Rogers, 1:25:05

24. Avrom Feinburg, 1:27:52

25. Tom Nelson, 1:28:05

26. Darrell Bruder, 1:28:09

27. Chris Voeller, 1:28:15

28. James Morton, 1:31:41

29. Mark Townsend, 1:35:06

30. Todd Butler, 1:36:10

31. Ruben Zorrilla, 1:36:30

32. John Nyen, 1:38:00

33. Chris Lind, 1:38:20

34. Justin Prochnow, 1:39:08

35. Andy Pittman, 1:39:39

36. Robert McAndrews, 1:39:39

37. Randy Leeder, 1:40:08

38. James Booth, 1:42:05

39. Roger Rybicka, 1:47:28

40. Robert Hamburger, 1:48:20

41. Don Platt, 1:51:10

42. Dean Pascuall, 1:52:49

43. John Crowther, 1:58:45

44. Ken Paul, 2:00:54

Women

1. Sarah Pizzo, 1:14:34

2. Jamie Williams, 1:25:04

3. Steph Scholl, 1:25:40

4. Candy Underhill, 1:27:32

5. Anne Mudgett, 1:28:04

6. Mary Shuette, 1:28:43

7. Heather Bartlett, 1:30:45

8. Hannah Williams, 1:30:51

9. Genevieve Dice, 1:31:11

10. Gayle Zorrilla, 1:31:41

11. Lucy Hackman, 1:32:10

12. Kristin Snowden, 1:32:20

13. Helen Shine, 1:32:28

14. Kristin Hagar, 1:32:58

15. Bri Schupp, 1:33:31

16. Megan Gregg, 1:34:16

17. Christine Shook, 1:34:50

18. Stephanie Brightwell, 1:36:31

19. Kimberley VanAuken, 1:36:34

20. Amy Walsh, 1:37:48

21. Tatiana Cone, 1:37:55

22. Karen Walters, 1:38:52

23. Natalie Dice, 1:39:52

24. Pam Iyer, 1:40:48

25. Sarah Kostin, 1:42:28

26. Deb Freeman, 1:42:35

27. Joan Allsberry, 1:44:10

28. Christine Hartman, 1:44:22

29. Jenna Ireton, 1:44:34

30. Elizabeth Ireton, 1:44:34

31. Robin Jankowski, 1:45:20

32. Jennifer Ells, 1:46:17

33. Erika Walters, 1:47:30

34. Cammy Ravenscroft, 1:48:15

35. Jojo Yui, 1:50:02

36. Katie Smith, 1:51:02

37. Adelaida Leptich, 1:58:13

38. Leslie Wright, 1:58:44

39. Melissa Whitelle-Rogers, 2:04:17

40. Debra Blazzard, 2:08:07

41. Stephanie Hosie, 2:10:43

42. Julie Kirkland, 2:12:49

43. Brooke Boynton ,2:17:20

44. Kelly Holtzinger, 2:28:28

5-kilometer run results

Men

1. John Cutter, 00:18:52

2. Andrew Rumph, 00:20:20

3. Chris Dunbar, 00:20:51

4. Tyler Scholl, 00:21:07

5. Nick LeMarie, 00:22:08

6. Todd Morehead, 00:23:28

7. Bob Fink, 00:23:58

8. Colton Johnson, 00:27:03

9. Andy Weiner, 00:28:40

10. David Wallace, 00:29:46

11. Luke Jankowski, 00:30:18

12. David Willis, 00:30:40

13. Scott Neilson, 00:30:47

14. Peter Haney, 00:31:31

15. Corey Richers, 00:32:03

16. Carson Russel, 00:34:39

17. Sam Frakowiak, 00:36:19

18. Jenn Jones, 00:40:04

19. Frank Williams, 00:41:21

Women

1. Tabor Scholl, 00:22:58

2. Brittany Long, 00:23:53

3. Lisa Adams, 00:24:28

4. Betsy Frick, 00:24:41

5. Bean Prowse, 00:25:30

6. Cara Marrs, 00:27:16

7. Jordon Ireton, 00:27:25

8. Lauralyn Tartakoff, 00:28:02

9. Jill Kinghorn, 00:28:10

10. Hayden Pilce, 00:28:29

11. Kathryn Stuart, 00:29:22

12. Kirstie Pike, 00:30:30

13. Sarah Coleman, 00:30:47

14. Lisa Pike, 00:32:29

15. Emily Conjura, 00:33:14

16. Lisa Barbour, 00:34:43

17. Lauralei Ernst, 00:35:12

18. Anja Brane, 00:35:25

19. Lily Peterson, 00:35:26

20. Kate Jankowski, 00:35:43

21. Mary Helprin, 00:35:55

22. Snow White, 00:36:32

23. Susie Youn, 00:36:57

24. Sally Shepard, 00:36:59

25. Luanne Feldman, 00:40:26

26. Pam Butler, 00:41:40

27. Georgian Kelow, 00:42:50

28. Kira Lorenzen, 00:43:49

29. Lindy Desserich, 00:49:00

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Katie Smith runs along the rough trail of the Steamboat Springs Running Series' Spring Creek Memorial 9-mile race Saturday.

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Christine Shook makes her way down the trail during the Spring Creek Memorial run Saturday. The event, which included a 9-mile race and a 5K race, drew a record number of competitors.

Results

19th annual Spring Creek Memorial

- Men's 9-mile race

1. Paquito Lopez, 1:05:40

2. Luke Crespin, 1:05:47

3. Josh Smullin, 1:06:55

- Women's 9-mile race

1. Sarah Pizzo, 1:14:34

2. Jamie Willeans, 1:25:04

3. Stephanie Scholl, 1:25:40

- Men's 5K

1. John Cutter, 18:52

2. Andrew Rumph, 20:20

3. Chris Dunbar, 20:51

- Women's 5K

1. Tabor Scholl, 22:58

2. Brittany Long, 23:53

3. Lisa Adams, 24:28

— The Steamboat Springs Running Series welcomed a record number of competitors to a race for the third time this summer, with 145 competitors swamping Saturday morning's Spring Creek Memorial run.

They came from Steamboat and Denver, Boulder, Kremmling and Philadelphia, and they all agreed on one thing: that was one tough trail, particularly an off-road section that had racers scampering up a steep, forested slope.

"I walked probably half of that part," women's 9-mile champion Sarah Pizzo said. "It was almost faster to walk there than run."

The bane of those who ran the 9-mile course, the longer of the two available races, was a stretch of trail through private land. While 5-kilometer racers went out and back on the well-traveled Spring Creek trail, 9-milers cut away from the course and up through a pine and aspen forest.

The section of trail, possibly one of the original stagecoach routes into Steamboat Springs, was cleared only a few days before the race, and logs, branches and weeds had yet to fully relinquish the terrain.

The trail cut up, rising steeply toward the Buffalo Pass road.

"It was like bushwacking running in the lead," men's third-place finisher Josh Smullin observed.

The loose footing and challenging grade of the section defined the trail, racers said, but it didn't define the race.

Smullin, a cross-country skiing coach for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, led the large field through that challenging section and maintained his advantage as he reached the course's summit, at the top of the Spring Creek trail near the Buff Pass road.

Paquito Lopez - hot on his heels on the climb - and Luke Crespin blew past him on the descent, however.

"I need to work on my downhill running. The same thing happened at the Howelsen race, too," Smullin said. "There's some finesse to downhill running, which I guess I don't have."

Lopez went on to win the race, finishing in 1 hour, 5 minutes and 40 seconds. Crespin was second at 1:05:47 and Smullin third at 1:06:55.

"It's beautiful, was a great course," said Lopez, who raced in the Running Series for the first time this season after finishing second in his only race, the Howelsen Hill 8-Miler, last year. "I'm from Denver, so it's nice to get to know a new area of Steamboat. It was a great trail."

Pizzo, the first woman through the forested section, never lost her lead and won her division in 1:14:34.

Jamie Willeans was second at 1:25:04 and Stephanie Scholl third at 1:25:40.

"There were a lot of weeds and rocks," Pizzo said, "but that's what trail racing's all about. It was fun."

John Cutter won the men's 5K race in 18:52, ahead of Andrew Rumph in second and Chris Dunbar in third.

Tabor Scholl won the women's 5K in 22:58, finishing nearly a minute ahead of second-place Brittany Long and 90 seconds ahead of third-place Lisa Adams.

"It was hard," Jenna Ireton said, summing up her first trail race.

Ireton traveled to race with her mother, Beth Ireton. The pair, up for the weekend from Boulder, tackled the daunting course together, joining in a caravan with several other women they had just met.

"It was very steep, and we had to walk and watch our feet," Jenna Ireton said, able to laugh at the challenge.

"But," her mother quickly offered, "it was fun. We'd definitely do it again."

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