Steamboat Springs There was some elbowing for a position and feet were eagerly hugging the start line as the dozen or so runners battled to be the first out of the gate.
Wildflower Loop Results
1-Mile Fun-Run: Boy's
■ 1. Jack Tracey, 7:36
■ 2. Weston Boese, 7:38
■ 3. Macray Dillingham, 7:45
■ 4. Thomas Reilley, 9:40
■ 5. Max Hamilton, 10:52
■ 6. Ben Zamzow, 12:07
1-Mile Fun-Run: Girl's
■ 1. Winter Boese, 7:36
■ 2. Ellie Reynolds, 11:12
5-Mile Run: Men's
■ 1. Eddie Rogers, 53:27
■ 2. Nate Waggenspack, 1:02.20
5-Mile Run: Women's
■ 1. Penny Hamilton, 1:16.39
■ 2. Nora McKay, 1:16.39
■ 3. Robyn Jankoski, 1:17.40
■ 4. Susan Siggson, 1:30.59
15-Mile Run: Men's
■ 1. Harry Niedl, 2:18.39
■ 2. Greg Ross, 2:32.23
■ 3. Michael Hiavacek, 2:36.20
■ 4. Walter Magill, 2:42.13
■ 5. Gary Buchan, 2:48.32
■ 6. Tom Nelson, 3:11.22
■ 7. James Morton, 3:45.43
15-Mile Run: Women's
■ 1. Shannon Forbes, 2:41.26
■ 2. Nicole Lecuyer, 2:36.20
And that was just the 200-meter kids dash to start the morning.
Runners young and old gathered at Hahn's Peak Village on Sunday morning for the second annual Wildflower Loop, a multi-event race put on as a fundraiser for North Routt Community Charter School’s Nordic ski program.
The day began with an untimed, 200-meter dash for children not old enough for the 1-mile kids fun run held afterward.
The mile fun run featured many Community Charter School students on the Nordic team, which will begin dry-land practice in October. Jack Tracey, a sixth-grader at the school, finished first among the boys in 7:36, but was neck-and-neck with 12-year-old Winter Boese, who won the girl’s division with the same time.
Wildflower Loop co-director Dave Mark was impressed with the friendly but competitive spirit the kids showed.
“They love it,” Mark said. “A lot of those kids are in the Hahn’s Peak Nordic program already, so they’re getting ready for winter. Some of them are pretty fast.”
The latter half of the event featured a 5-mile and 15-mile run, both part of the Steamboat Springs Winter Running Series. Runners ranged from age 24 to 67, and all proceeds from race registration go directly to the North Routt Community Charter School’s Nordic ski program.
In the 5-mile division, Eddie Rogers cruised to the best time of the day, finishing in 53:27. Nate Waggenspack posted the second-best time at 1:02.20. On the women’s side, Nora McKay and Penny Hamilton crossed the finish together at the 1:16.39 mark.
The oldest competitor in the 5-mile run was Robyn Jankoski, who crossed shortly after McKay and Hamilton in 1:17.40.
The 15-mile division featured nine competitors and some familiar local talent. Harry Niedl, 39, recorded the best 15-mile time in 2:18.39, followed by Greg Ross in 2:32.23 and Michael Hiavacek in 2:36.20. Hiavacek posted the best time for the 40 to 49 age group. Tom Nelson, the oldest runner of the day at 67, finished the face in 3:11.22.
Shannon Forbes led all women with a 2:41.26 15-mile. Forbes was accompanied by Nicole Lecuyer as the only women to compete in the event. Lecuyer finished in 3:26.44.
Wildflower Loop and the Glide the Divide Ski Race in March serve as a few of the biggest fundraisers for the North Routt Community Charter School Nordic ski team. Mark and fellow co-director Bryan Heselbach pointed to the Glide the Divide race as something winter sports enthusiasts should have circled on their calendars.
“That’s a big event,” Mark said. “It’s actually the largest Nordic ski race in Colorado.”
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