Runners tackle Spring Creek Memorial
Steamboat Springs — Ken Brenner cheered on all the runners, including 9-mile course winners Gabriel Small and Emily Harrison, as they sprinted down the Spring Creek course Saturday.
The Springs Creek Memorial hit a milestone with the 25th annual event.
“It’s nice to see the race sustain itself,” said Brenner, who helped start the race in memory of his sister, Patty Brenner Hagberg. “It always used to be such a nice training run. It wasn’t until Patty died that we decided to turn it into a race.”
Brenner Hagberg was killed after being hit by a car on the trail.
It was also after her death that local government agencies got together to extend the trail to Buffalo Pass and into the Routt National Forest.
“It’s become the main egress for town into the woods,” Brenner said.
Small finished the course in one hour, eight minutes, four seconds. Harrison set a new course record for the women with a time of one hour, 14 minutes, 32 seconds.
Harrison is living in Steamboat for the summer and working at a campground. She mainly competes in trail and ultra running competitions and is sponsored by Nike Trail and Nathan Hydration.
In the 5-kilometer race, Benjamin Kelley took first place for the men with a time of 18 minutes, five seconds. Maggi Congdon was the fastest women, with a time of 22 minutes, 52 seconds.’
About 180 runners participated.
These days, the race serves as a fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Running Series.
Cara Marrs served as race director this year.
“This was always my favorite race,” Marrs said. “This was one of the first races I did when I moved here 20 years ago.”
The next Running Series race is the Steamboat Stinger marathon and half marathon Aug. 14.
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