Steamboat Springs After Saturday’s Steamboat Stinger mountain bike race, as bodies piled up next to Howelsen Hill Lodge and people talked about how brutal the second lap was in the heat, there seemed to be a festive atmosphere.
The ride was done. The 50 miles of cramp-inducing punishment was over.
That is unless they were one of those sickos who decided to try for the King Sting or Queen Bee awards.
Those people were the ones that did 50 miles on the bike Saturday and were back at Howelsen Hill early Sunday for the trail running marathon.
“I was psyched,” said Aspen’s Max Taam, who was crowned King Sting for the second year in a row, finishing the 76.2 miles in 8 hours, 26 minutes and 12 seconds. “My main goal was to defend it.”
Of course, while others celebrated finishing Saturday’s grueling bike race, those who wanted to do double-duty had it different.
Between races, Steamboat’s Tammy Jacques sat in the river. She went home and ate and then laid on the couch and read for most of the afternoon.
When it started to get late and she couldn’t sleep, she put on a YouTube concert of Queen from 1981 in Montreal.
“I like ‘Under Pressure’ and ‘Somebody to Love,’” she said.
Jacques had an impressive performance Sunday. A day after finishing fourth on the bike, she picked up a win in the marathon Sunday, earning the title of Queen Bee.
She won the women’s marathon in 4:01:10. Julie Olsen-Smith was second in 4:09:32, and Lacy Wilson was third in 4:27:51.
“I had to break it up into segments,” Jacques said. “I couldn’t think of it as a whole. If I would have done that, I wouldn’t have finished. The run was quite arduous. You couldn’t coast.”
On the men’s side of the marathon, Steamboat’s Nathan Allen set a course record in 3:14:17. Jon Brown was second in 3:45:17, and Max Taam was third in 3:46:05.
Allen came to town a week before the inaugural marathon last year. He saw that Lance Armstrong was at the event and finished in 3:18.
“I’ve had this one circled on my calendar for a year,” he said. He also had that 3:18 circled.
He spent the winter training — thanking his coworkers at Partners in Routt County for a flexible schedule that let him train whenever he could during the cold months — in hopes of besting Armstrong’s time.
He did a two-week taper before the event and took the lead from the start.
He said the backside of Emerald, and especially the Beall Trail, were brutal. But he gained enough of a lead and kept up at enough of a clip to best Armstrong’s time from a year ago.
“I wish (Armstrong) would have been here,” Allen said. “I did go out hard, and I had a rough last couple of miles. I felt great early on and it humbled me later.”
Sarah Pizzo won the women’s half-marathon in 1:41:55. Ellie Peterson was second in 1:47:49, and Steamboat’s Hannah Williams was third in 1:48:28.
On the men’s side, James Johnson was first in 1:34:19. Harry Niedl was second in 1:40:49, and Paul Datsko was third in 1:49:04.
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