The final installment of Colorado Runner’s Winter Distance Series culminated at Hudson Gardens on Saturday with the Snowman Stampede 5 Miler and 10 Miler. Almost 1,000 participants crossed the finish line, leading to an event record since the event’s inception in 2006. Weather conditions were pristine with temperatures in the 20’s and 30’s and the sun shining bright. Saturday’s race boasted some course and event records, drawing former Olympians and International distance runners alike.
In the men’s 5 Mile race, Matt Tebo came away with the win and course record in 25:18. Second place finisher Curtis Begley Jr. finished in 25:40 and third place Adam Rich crossed the line in 26:04.
The women’s 5 Mile race was heavily stocked with stiff competition. Elite British long-distance runner Susan Partridge grabbed the win, course and event record in 28:21, finishing eighth overall. Former Olympian Kathy Butler came in second in 30:13 with third place finisher Jocelyn Petrella crossing the line in 31:08.
The 10 Mile race was equally exciting as the 5 Mile, with men’s winner Ewen North finishing in 55:08. Second and third place finishers Michael Lovato and Andrew Knutsen weren’t far behind, finishing in 55:51 and 56:17, respectively.
In the women’s race, Runners Roost Athlete Heather Utrata continued her winning streak and total domination of the podium with win #5 of the 2012 season. Utrata took the win in 1:02:42. Second and third place finishers Sarah Pizzo and Linnabah Snyder crossed the line in 1:03:06 and 1:03:26, respectively.
All photos by Steve Glass and Amanda Hodges