Records Fall at Winter Series Race #2 in Colorado Springs

January 30, 2012 |

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Pikes Peak Road Runners Winter Series Race #2 saw low winter temps, clear skies, and falling records. The out-and-back 4 mile and 8 mile races were run on the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail.

4 Mile Action

The most exciting record-breaking action was arguably in the women’s 4 mile race, where 13 year old Katie Rainsberger ran a 25:04 to break the current age-group course record by more than 5 minutes and win the race.  Rainsberger is the daughter of Lisa  Rainsberger (Lisa Larsen Weidenbach). At the height of her career, Rainsberger claimed back-to-back wins at the Chicago Marathon and was the last American female to win the Boston Marathon. Master’s runner Rochelle Persson set a strong pace alongside the younger Rainsberger and finished shortly behind, setting a new age-group record and taking second place in 25:23. Loveland’s Ruth Waller was third in 25:37.

James Burns won the men’s 4 mile, finishing in 20:33 and setting a new age-group course record. Runner’s Roost’s Pat McGuire was 2nd in 21:09, and Logan Wealing was 3rd in 21:11. Wealing also set a new age group record.

8 Mile Action

Boulder Running Company’s Ryan Hafer won the 8 mile race, setting a new course record, in 42:33. Justin Ricks was the previous course record-holder. Tommy Manning was 2nd in 45:42; Manning broke the previous age group course record by nearly 5 minutes. Scott Spillman was 3rd in 45:42.

In the women’s race, Runner’s Roost’s Stephanie Meredith defended her title and bested last year’s time by more than two minutes. Meredith finished the course in 53:28. Jaclyn Roberston was 2nd in 56:38; Jannelle Allen was 3rd in 57:03.

Complete Race Results


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Derek Griffiths is the publisher of Colorado Runner and the race director for all events produced by Colorado Runner Events. An avid runner since middle school, Derek has completed over 50 marathons with a PR of 2:41:09 set at the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon in 2003.