Running series wraps up
Steamboat Springs — The final Steamboat Springs Running Series race of the season proved to be unlike any other this year.
With rain, mud, snow at higher elevations and temperatures in the low 40s, the running conditions were challenging.
“It was really like an obstacle course,” said men’s 12-kilometer winner Dan Gooding. “It was like being on a giant Slip ‘N Slide.”
The course traversed 1,500 feet of elevation gain in the first mile and a half of the race.
Point leaders from the season were competing for the series championship.
Going into the race, Steamboat runner Allen Belshaw had a one-point lead over Daniel Goding, who lives and works in Fort Collins. Belshaw said Goding dropped him on the first climb, and he never saw him again. Belshaw precariously made his way down the slippery trail to finish third Saturday.
“I’m glad I wasn’t neck-and-neck with Dan at the end,” Belshaw said. “That would have been a crazy finish.”
Goding said it was fun competing against Belshaw throughout the season.
“I can’t say enough about this season, and the race directors do such a great job,” said Goding, who finished the race in 54 minutes and 13 seconds.
On the women’s side, Pearson Alspach had a solid lead heading into the final race. She finished in second Saturday behind Penelope Freedman, who crossed the finish line in one hour, one minute, 57 seconds.
Alspach’s goal this season was to compete in all the running races she could. Most comfortable running on roads, she was challenged by the trail runs and enjoyed competing against the fastest women.
“It’s a town full of great athletes,” she said.
In the 5-kilometer race, Henry Magill and Grey Barbier tied for first in the male division with a time of 34 minutes and 33 seconds. Annika Belshaw was the fastest female with a time of 35 minutes, 15 seconds.
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