Mountain Madness in Steamboat draws 160 on Sunday |

Mountain Madness in Steamboat draws 160 on Sunday

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Steamboat Springs isn't the loftiest of Colorado mountain towns, but the city's elevation at nearly 7,000 feet does have a way of gassing even the best runners from sea level.

Indeed, Sunday's Mountain Madness half-marathon hurt, several of the winners said. It may have taken a toll, but it didn't change their results.

"It was a good and a great course. The part where you got up into the (Dakota Ridge) hills, the views were great," men's half-marathon winner Dean Small said. "I told them I was glad that was early in the race, before I was too taxed, so I could enjoy the views.

"I really enjoy running out here, but the altitude definitely makes it a little more difficult."

Small won the men's half-marathon, finishing the out-and-back course on River Road in Steamboat Springs in 1 hour, 31 minutes, 21.9 seconds.

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Mark Pietrofesa was second in 1:35:38.1 and Jeffrey Chapman was third, in at 1:36:10.9.

Sarah Stubbe won the women's side in 1:47:14.4. Anna Barbier was second at 1:47:32.6, and Lisa Wilkinson finished third in 1:49:47.6.

The 10-kilometer race winner, John Cutter, came into the event with a vast array of Routt County running experience. Cutter was a fixture on the Steamboat Springs High School cross-country and track teams when he was in high school. Since then, he's returned to town for long stretches every summer to prep for his collegiate career, running for University of San Diego.

He won the 10K with no problem, he said, pulling away from a three-man pack midway through the race.

It wasn't what it would have been at sea level, however.

"The altitude training is nice," said Cutter, preparing for his senior season. "I definitely feel it. I run about a minute slower per mile when I run up here. You'll gain a little back, but you'll never run here like you will at sea level."

Cutter finished in 35:45.2. Campbell Ilfrey was second in 36:16.2, and Asher Rohde was third at 37:03.1.

Karen Anderson won for the women, finishing in 44:25.2. Missy Krause was second at 45:16.2, and Amy Rounkle third, at 46:28.0.

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