Steamboat running series wraps up at Emerald Mountain
Steamboat Springs — Watkins Fulk-Gray had plenty of reasons to celebrate Saturday.
It was the 26-year-old’s golden birthday. In a close race, the Steamboat resident edged out Loveland’s Dan Goding to win the 12-kilometer Emerald Mountain Trail Run with a time of 51 minutes, 29 seconds. To top it off, Fulk-Gray had earned enough points to be the overall winner for the Steamboat Springs Running Series.
“I’m really happy about it,” Fulk-Gray said. “It was a goal from the beginning of the season. To stay motivated for five months and train hard is really difficulty.”
Seventy people competed in Saturday’s 12-kilometer and 5-kilometer races, both of which toured Emerald Mountain; the 12-kilometer distance covering about 1,500 feet of elevation gain.
“It was a hard race, and I knew it was going to be,” Fulk-Gray said.
At the finish, just five seconds separated Fulk-Gray and Goding.
“It was really close,” Fulk-Gray said. “He was on me like cling wrap the entire time.”
The last half mile was a big push.
“I could hear him right on my back,” Fulk-Gray said.
Eddie Rogers took third place.
In the women’s division, Catherine Shallow took first. She was followed by Heather Higgins and Rebecca Weber.
Penelope Freedman took the overall running series title for the women. She did not race Saturday.
The five-kilometer race was dominated by youth.
Noah Mortenson took first for males, followed by Bennet Jones and Henry Magill.
For females, Tori Mitchell was first, Laura Clase was second and Linda Casner took third.
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