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Racing for readers

Run for Literacy benefits Newspapers in Education program

John McDaniel of Salt Lake City and Emily Conjura of Steamboat Springs took the men’s and women’s seven-mile titles Sunday in the Steamboat Pilot & Today Run for Literacy.

McDaniel finished the course in 46 minutes and 22 seconds, nearly a minute ahead of second-place Darrin Johnson of Fort Collins. Daniel Tomlin of Boulder was third in 48:31.

Conjura, the director of the Steamboat Springs Running Series, finished in 58:22. Mary Shore of Fort Collins was second in 1:01:51, and Joy Rasmussen was third with a time of 1:02:19.

Sunday was the 13th Run for Literacy, but the first to be staged from the Pilot & Today office west of town. Runners in the seven-mile race faced a challenging course winding up Emerald Mountain on a dirt trail. Previously, the Run for Literacy was staged at Sundance Plaza.

The Run for Literacy was the final race of the 2003 Steamboat Springs Running Series. Season awards will be announced today.

The Run for Literacy also included a 5K run from the Pilot & Today building to the the Depot Arts Center and back. Jerry and Cynthia Howell of Evergreen swept the men’s and women’s divisions. Jerry Howell won the 5K in 17:22. Jay Irwin of Littleton was second, and Sam Silva of Steamboat Springs was third.

Cynthia Howell won the women’s side in 24:37. Dawn LaPlaca of Steamboat was second, and Dorothy Bradley was third.

In the 5K race walk, Ray Adams of Broomfield was the winner. Adams walked the course in 33:15. Tom Schultd of Steamboat Springs was second and Melissa Cartan of Steamboat was third.

More than 60 runners competed in the Run for Literacy. All proceeds from the event benefit the Newspapers in Education program, which provides free newspapers to schools for use in curriculum.

The Tot Trot was held in conjunction with the Pilot & Today Run for Literacy. More than 80 children 8 and younger ran the one-third of a mile course.

Participants in the Tot Trot bring pennies for the I Cent a Student to College program.

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