American Trail Running Association

Colorado Springs, Colorado


Contact: Nancy Hobbs, (719) 573-4133, American Trail Running Association trlrunner@aol.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       

July 26, 2009

Cool Temperatures Make for Fast Times at Cheyenne Cañon Mountain Race

Former Mountain Running Team Members Earn Spots on this year’s World Team 

Colorado Springs, CO ---- Late afternoon thunderstorms are typical in Colorado Springs, but overcast skies and drizzle in the morning are rare – especially in July. This morning was an exception with intermittent rain showers and cool temperatures greeting runners at 7:00 a.m. for the women’s start of the Cheyenne Cañon Mountain Race (Sunday, July 26), an 8 kilometer up/down loop course which would determine two of the four members of this year’s Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team. It was still cool for the men’s race at 8:30 a.m. for the 12 kilometer course with another two team spots up for grabs.

            The course, designed by eight-time Mountain Team member Paul Low, started at the Stratton Open Space Trailhead in North Cheyenne Cañon, connected with the Gold Camp Path, joined the Chutes and followed the east side of the reservoir back up Gold Camp Path for the first loop (women and junior men ran two loops, while open men ran three loops for approximately 12 km), then back down to the finish.

            “A few weeks before the race some of the women contending for a spot on the team figured the winning time would be about 41 minutes (for the women). Today when the first woman was climbing the final lollipop loop toward the finish she was set to go under 40 minutes. The cool temperatures not only helped set a fast pace, but the moisture helped pack down the dirt and scree to make for a quicker running surface,” said Nancy Hobbs, Executive Director of the American Trail Running Association.

            Laura Haefeli, 41, Del Norte, CO, led the group on a blistering pace from the start around the first lollipop loop. But at the top of the first climb it was flatlander Kasie Enman, 29, Huntington, VT, ahead of a group of Coloradoans to the high point of the course at just under 7,000 feet. The group in the chase were included eventual winner Megan Kimmel, 29, Silverton, Haefeli, Megan Lund, 24, Basalt, Brandy Erholtz, 31, Bailey, and Gina Lucrezi, 26, Colorado Springs. Enman excelled on the downhill and picked up some distance on the group, yet was caught by Kimmel and Lund on the second loop.

Kimmel took the opportunity to surge ahead and bested Lund by just five seconds to take the victory in 39:23. On the final lollipop loop, Haefeli charged past Enman to finish in third position in 29:52 with Enman clocking 40:02. Rounding out the top five was Erholtz in 40:19.

Kimmel’s win earned her a spot on her second consecutive Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team and will compete along with first-time team member Lund in Campodolcino, Italy, on Sunday, September 6 at the World Mountain Running Championships. The pair will join Christine Lundy, 38, Sausalito, CA, who won the USA Mountain Running Championships on June 28 in North Conway, NH, to make her fourth mountain team. The final member of the squad will be selected from the top finishers in today’s event.

On the men’s side local runner Ryan Hafer, 23, set a strong pace on the first kilometer while Tim Parr, 27, Gunnison, CO, sat comfortably in the chase pack and worked his way up to the lead with University of Richmond’s Andrew Benford, 21, Ravenswood, WV, going with him. “I felt great on the uphills,” said Benford, “Then Tim would pull away on the downhills. He was more aggressive on the downhills, especially on the last lap. I knew I was on the team when we topped out the last climb. Dan Petty (UR teammate) was there, along with my brother, telling me exactly where everyone was. The last downhill was sweet. I knew I was running my way onto the U.S. Team. It's a great feeling.”

Parr crossed the line in 47:13 to make his third U.S team (’04, ’05, ’09) while Benford makes his second U.S Team. Benford’s performance places him in the history books as the first U.S. runner to make a junior team (2006) and a senior team (2009).  Albuquerque’s Kristopher Houghton, 28, finished third in 48:21 with local runner Alex Nichols, 24, in fourth with a time of 48:51, and 2007 mountain team member Payton Batliner, 25, Boulder, in fifth timed in 49:09.

Parr and Benford will join the top three runners from the USA Mountain Running Championships Joseph Gray, 25, Lakewood, WA, Zac Freudenberg, 31, St. Louis, MO, and Matt Byrne, 34, Scranton, PA, on the mountain team.  The final member of the six-member squad will be announced on August 1.

    With a tagline, “Once is not enough,” the 2009 Cheyenne Cañon Mountain Race presented by Walmart, was a first year event. Additional local support from ERA Shields brokers Marzolf/Blessing, Champion Health/Dr. Jeffrey Matthews, Bristol Brewing, Colorado Running Company, and Criterium Bike Shop. National sponsors joining the effort include SportHill and Teva.

There were 36 women finishers ranging in age from 18-64 and 46 men finishers ages 12 through 62.  Every participant received a commemorative USA Mountain Running cowbell, a Teva music CD, post race refreshments, accurate results, and for those 21 and older – a beer certificate from Bristol Brewing.

                                                   Top Finishers

1 Tim Parr ,  47:13 $250                                    1. Megan Kimmel, 39:23, $250
2 Andrew Benford , 47:48, $0                            2. Megan Lund, 39:28, $200
3 Kristopher Houghton, 48:21, $150                    3. Laura Haefeli, 39:52, $150
4 Alex Nichols, 48:51, $100                                4. Kasie Enman, 40:02, $100
5 Payton Batlinger, 49:09, $50                            5. Brandy Erholtz, 40:19, $50

Junior Men: Paul Petersen, Broomfield, 17, 39:57
Junior Women: Jessie Watkins, 19, Colorado Springs, 49:34

Not only is the event a fundraiser for the American Trail Running Association, but also served as a fundraiser for the Friends of North Cheyenne Cañon and Stratton Commons. Individuals may donate, as part of their registration, to any of these non-profit organizations. For additional information visit www.trailrunner.com.

For information on the U.S. Mountain Running Program and the World Mountain Running Association visit the websites listed below: 

USA Mountain Running Championships                         www.whitemountainmilers.com
World Mountain Running Association                             www.wmra.info
USA Track & Field                                                       www.usatf.org
American Trail Running Association                               www.trailrunner.com
ALCiS                                                                          www.ALCiS.com
Tech40                                                                         www.tech4O.com
Teva                                                                             www.teva.com
SportHill Clothing                                                          www.sporthill.com
KINeSYS, Inc.                                                             www.kinesys.com
CW-X Conditioning Wear                                              www.cw-x.com
Costa Del Mar                                                              www.costadelmar.com
Windermere                                                                  www.juliebryan.mywindermere.com
Fleet Feet Sports-Boulder                                              www.fleetfeetboulder.com
Wicked Fast Sports Nutrition                                          www.recover-ease.com
OrthoLite                                                                      www.ortholitefoam.com
FuelBelt                                                                        www.fuelbelt.com
groundÔ                                                                       www.groundwear.com
Youth Runner                                                               www.youthrunner.com

Cheyenne Canon Mountain Race presented by Walmart

                           Sunday July 26, 2009

                    Timing by Colorado Running Company

 

Place Name                Age S City            St Time     

===== =================== === = =============== == ======= =====

    1 Tim Parr             27 M Gunnison        CO   47:13

    2 Andrew Benford       21 M Ravenswood      WV   47:48 

    3 Kristopher Houghton  28 M Albuquerque     NM   48:21  

    4 Alex Nichols         24 M Colorado Spring CO   48:51  

    5 Payton Batlinger     25 M Boulder         CO   49:09  

    6 Jason Delaney        29 M Golden          CO   49:33  

    7 Tommy Manning        33 M Colorado Spring CO   50:24 

    8 Nick Hirsh           26 M Gunnison        CO   50:37 

    9 Aaron Saft           31 M Fletcher        NC   51:34 

   10 John Tribba          27 M Boulder         CO   51:58 

   11 Bill Fanselow        42 M Golden          CO   52:04 

   12 Jesse Armijio        26 M Albuqerque      NM   52:11

   13 Ryan Hafer           23 M Colorado Spring CO   52:36 

   14 Andy Ames            46 M Boulder         CO   53:03 

   15 Juan Ortega          23 M Albuqueque      NM   54:07

   16 Gerald Romero        38 M Colorado Spring CO   54:17 

   17 Paul Low             35 M Northfield      VT   54:23 10:53

   18 Bernie Boettcher     46 M Silt            CO   54:47 10:58

   19 Bryan Dayton         36 M BOulder         CO   55:44 

   20 Thomas Jodoin        28 M Helena          MT   56:20 

   21 Jim Robbins          39 M Boulder         CO   57:14 

   22 Jordan Whitlock      20 M Lynchburg       VA   58:42 

   23 Loren Wolhetz        24 M Los Alamos      NM   59:35 

   24 Tad Davis            41 M Morgantown      WV 1:00:32 

   25 Matt Connors         35 M Colorado Spring CO 1:00:49 

   26 William Gray         40 M Pueblo          CO 1:00:59 

   27 James Kahkoska       49 M Colorado Spring CO 1:03:45 

   28 Jon Teisher          35 M Manitou Springs CO 1:04:35 

   29 Pete Van Breeman     38 M Palmer Lake     CO 1:05:31 

   30 David Meyer          48 M Colorado Spring CO 1:05:52 

   31 Chad Halsten         35 M Peyton          CO 1:07:12 

   32 Michael Pendleton    38 M Grizzly Flats   CA 1:08:03

   33 Jeremy Rietman       26 M Ft Collins      CO 1:09:54 

   34 Richard Park         56 M Colorado Spring CO 1:12:40 

   35 David Mulligan       48 M Colorado Spring CO 1:13:56 

   36 Al Wegner            50 M Colorado Spring CO 1:14:40 

   37 Chris Shelley        28 M Colorado Spring CO 1:15:56 

   38 Ron Ilgen            57 M Colorado Spring CO 1:20:56

   39 Steve Bethke         46 M                    1:22:10 

   40 Jack Welz            50 M Colorado Spring CO 1:24:57 

   41 Bc Laprade           30 M SLC             UT 1:26:25 

   42 Philip Bird          58 M Colorado Spring CO 1:26:41

   43 Scott Wright         45 M Colorado Spring CO 1:27:08 

   44 Keith Wilmot         62 M Grand Praire    TX 1:31:51

   45 Mark Smith           52 M Colorado Spring CO 1:39:35 

   46 Curtis Claar         42 M Colorado Spring CO 1:44:24 


 

                                          

                       Cheyenne Canon Mountain Race presented by Walmart

                           Sunday July 26, 2009

                    Timing by Colorado Running Company

 

Place Name                Age S City            St Time     

===== =================== === = =============== == ======= =====

    1 Megan Kimmel         29 F Silverton       CO   39:23  

    2 Megan Lund           24 F Basalt          CO   39:28  

    3 Laura Haefeli        41 F Del Norte       CO   39:52 

    4 Kasie Enman          29 F Huntington      VT   40:02 

    5 Brandy Erholtz       31 F Bailey          CO   40:19  

    6 Gina Lucrezi         26 F Colorado Spring CO   41:10 

    7 Christine Lundy      38 F Sausalito       CA   41:26  

    8 Amber Moran          30 F Arden           NC   41:43 

    9 Abby Larson          30 F Salt Lake City  UT   42:38 

   10 Nicole Hunt          39 F Deer Lodge      MT   43:19  

   11 Rochelle Stratton    41 F Colorado Spring CO   44:42  

   12 Liza Grudzinski      28 F Newburgh        NY   44:59  

   13 Trish Steidl         32 F Shoreline       WA   45:43  

   14 Rachael Cieslewski   29 F salt Lake City  UT   45:51 

   15 Maria Dalzot         21 F morgantown      MV   46:01  

   16 Lindsay Kraus        31 F Littleton       CO   47:13 

   17 Melanie Fryer        29 F centennial      CO   47:21  

   18 Jessie Watkins       19 F Colorado Spring CO   49:34  

   19 Melissa Eichers      33 F Colorado Spring CO   49:51  

   20 Jane Reaves          42 F Colorado Spring CO   51:21 

   21 Anna Kahkoska        18 F Colorado Spring CO   53:08 

   22 Marista Yupa         30 F Colorado Spring CO   55:03 

   23 Jayne Sims           48 F Colorado Spring      55:35 

   24 Ellen Miller         50 F Vail            CO   56:26 

   25 Jeannie Blatter      51 F Silt            CO   56:27

   26 Krissy Nestor        32 F Colorado Spring CO   58:39

   27 Diana Cobb           30 F Colorado Spring CO   59:31 

   28 Joyce McKelvey       64 F Colorado Spring CO 1:02:27 

   29 Michelle Freddino    38 F                    1:04:38 

   30 Shannon Halvorson    31 F Fountain        CO 1:04:55 

   31 Jennifer Garrison    44 F                    1:06:49 

   32 Becky Wegner         52 F                    1:08:12 

   33 Angel Brock          40 F Fountain        CO 1:09:42 

   34 Lisa Birnbaum        47 F Colorado Spring CO 1:14:41 

   35 Tami Hazelton        48 F Colorado Spring CO 1:18:26

   36 Julie Chagnon        39 F Colorado Spring CO 1:18:27 


 

Junior boys

Paul Petersen, 17, 39:57

Nathan Paddeck, 16, 41:31

Griffin Smith, 19, 443:40

Postyn Smith, 16, 46:11

Phillip Meyer, 14, 48:03

William Mayhew, 12, 52:58

 

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