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Steamboat represents in half marathon, 10-K

Tyler Terranova crosses the finish line of the 10-kilometer Steamboat Marathon race Sunday.

Steamboat Springs residents shined in the Steamboat Marathon half marathon and 10-kilometer races Sunday.

The day after graduating from Steamboat Springs High School and on four hours of sleep, 18-year-old Tyler Terranova looked strong as he crossed the finish line first in 38 minutes and 17 seconds.

"That's a way to top it off, for sure," said Terranova's mother, Jodi.

Near the middle school, Terranova picked up the pace and was able to get a good lead on second-place finisher Josh Smullin.

"He dropped, and I was running solo," Terranova said.

Terranova will be attending the University of Colorado in the fall, where he will be on the Nordic ski team.

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He and other Nordic athletes are regulars at the Steamboat Springs Running Series races, which they use for cross training.

"Definitely, I would say running is way harder because of the lack of rest on the downhills," Terranova said.

Fellow Steamboat Nordic skier Dasha Kuznetsova came in first for the women with a time of 43 minutes, 50 seconds.

Steamboat resident Pearson Alspach, who is seven months pregnant, won her division with a time of 51 minutes, 11 seconds.

"I worried about people judging me for being pregnant and running," Alspach said. "I thought I would hop in. It's always fun to see pregnant women keeping in shape."

There were 348 runners in the 10-kilometer race, 1,025 registered for the half marathon and 294 for the full marathon.

Paul Sachs, who has been the Steamboat Marathon race director for 17 years, congratulated each of the winners as they crossed the finish line.

"It's gotten easier and easier over the years," Sachs said. "So much as changed. We used to do everything by radio."

In recent years, timing chips have been embedded in racing bibs.

Those carrying smartphones could broadcast their status to fans.

Technology has made the logistics easier, and runners are now able to monitor their performance in real time. But, in the end, it just comes down to running fast and taking in the scenery.

Half-marathon winner Gabriel Small, also a Steamboat resident, admired a kingfisher bird hunting over the Elk River while he ran miles with an average pace of five minutes, 54 seconds.

Early in the race, Small was in a pack with four other men before he felt like he could pick up the pace.

"I just went, and they didn't challenge me," Small said.

10-kilometer top three finishers

Men:

1) Tyler Terranova

2) Joshua Smullin

3) Jimmy Colfer

Women:

1)Dasha Kuznetsova

2) Sadie Cotton

3) Kat O’Connell

Half marathon top three finishers

Men:

1) Gabriel Small

2) Daniel Goding

3) Scott Loomis

Women:

1) Shawna McClain

2) Katie Kissane

3) Briana Perkins