Records Smashed at the USATF Colorado Men’s Half Marathon Championship and Mt. Sneffels Half Marathon

Runners woke to pristine running conditions in the lovely town of Ouray, CO for the USATF Colorado Men’s Half Marathon Championship hosted by the Mt. Sneffels Half Marathon and Marathon.

Participants in the half marathon ran from Ouray along the river with a finish in Ridgway, while marathon participants started in Ridgway and eventually met up with the half marathon course.

Race Director John Ferguson had the full support of the Ouray community, who’s hard work and enthusiasm culminated in a first-class event in the small town of Ouray, Colorado.

For USATF Colorado elites gunning for top honors in the half marathon championship, not only were they provided with a amazing support and a well-organized race, but they had the perfect morning to perform to their absolute best.

Records were smashed in both the men’s half marathon and the women’s half marathon.  Robert Cheseret of Colorado Springs set the new course record and won his third USATF Colorado Championship in 2012 in 1:08:07.  Christie Foster, also of Colorado Springs, set a new course record for the women, finishing up in 1:20:34.

Below are the top results for the USATF Colorado Men’s Half Marathon Championship; top men’s finishers in the Mt. Sneffels Half Marathon.

  1. Robert Cheseret, 28  Colorado Springs, CO, 1:08:07
  2. Augustus Maiyo, 29, Colorado Springs, 1:08:28
  3. Matt Levassiur, 31, Alamosa, CO, 1:08:58
  4. Kenneth Foster, 26, Colorado Springs, CO, 1:10:26
  5. Paul Petersen, 33, Fort Collins, CO, 1:10:50

First Overall Master: Marty Wacker, 41, Grand Junction, CO 1:20:59

While the women weren’t running for USATF prize money, they were still running for top honors.  With Christie Foster finishing first and setting a new course record, second place finisher Lori Stich and first overall female’s master winner finished up in 1:28:31.  Third place belonged to 17-year old Clarissa Whiting of Delta, CO who crossed the line in 1:35:06.

In the Mt. Sneffels Marathon, racers confronted a hefty amount of climbing over 26.2 miles.  In the men’s race, Gary Krugger of Flagstaff, Arizona took the win in 3:10:48.  David O’Keefe of Littleton grabbed second in 3:21:22, and 50-year old Gregg Walchli of Woodinville, Washington rounded out the top three with a time of 3:26:17.

In the women’s marathon, first-place finisher Rhonda Claridge’s time of 3:30:20 was also good for fifth place overall.  Second place finisher Gayle Zorrilla finished up in 3:40:19, and 16-year old Eva-Lou Edwards came in third in 3:51:38.

Photos by Tania Pacev, USATF. Used with permission.

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