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“Beautiful” marathon wraps up Stinger

Shawnie Mulligan runs Sunday in the Steamboat Stinger trail marathon. She went on to finish second in the race.

— After crossing the finish line Sunday, Boulder runner Andrew Biglow has officially ran both of Steamboat Springs' marathons, June's Steamboat Marathon and Sunday's Steamboat Stinger trail marathon.

One thing is utterly clear: he's pretty fast.

Biglow won Sunday's race on Emerald Mountain in 3 hours, 19 minutes and 21.9 seconds. He was second in June at the Steamboat Marathon.

"It was beautiful," he said of Sunday's run. "The trails were amazing. There are sections that are so lush and gorgeous that it distracts you from the pain."

Biglow took the lead about six miles in and he said he ran the next 20 scared someone might catch up. There was no need to worry as he soaked in the scenes and cruised to victory.

Devon Olson was second and Dan Berteletti third.

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Reese Ruland won the women's race in 3:41:17.3, ahead of Shawnie Mulligan in second and Amber Dagel, third.

James Johnson won the half marathon in 1:33:21.8. Daniel Goding was second and Andrew Auer third.

Whitney Barrett, meanwhile, won the women's half marathon in 1:44:17.7 with Abigail Miller placing second and Libby Passiales third.

The race, with 312 finishers, capped the weekend of Stinger action after Saturday's 50-mile mountain bike race. The top athletes who braved both competitions, 76 miles, were awarded, "King Sting" and "Queen Bee" status.

John Fitzgerald took the men's honor and Jari Kirkland the women's.

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