On a picture-perfect day on the trails of Greenland Open Space in Larkspur, CO, the 9th Annual Greenland Trail Races kicked off under sunny skies and cool temps. Over 700 participants took to the trails for one of the fastest 50K’s in the nation, as well as a 25K and 8 mile race. Course records were set in the men’s 50K and 25K events, and participants took advantage of the dry and clear trails as well as a hopping post-race party.
In the men’s 50K, reigning champ Peter Maksimow of Manitou Springs not only took the win for the third consecutive year in a row, but he also bested his own course record from 2012 by a minute. Maksimow’s 3:21:10 was only four minutes faster than second place finisher Brad Seng of Boulder who ran stride-for-stride with Maksimow until mile 28.5. Young buck Jay Meservy, 24, rounded out the top three in 3:46:20.
The women’s 50K race saw 41-year old Elizabeth Gold take top honors in a time of 4:07:26, with second place finisher Cathi Webber, 44, cross the line in 4:49:04. Erie’s Amber Schriner took third in 4:54:59.
Neil McDonagh of Manitou Springs set a new course record in the men’s 25K with a finishing time of 1:32:22. Coming in second was 38-year old Greg Coplen in 1:43:28, with 44-year old William Gray of Colorado Springs rounding out the top three in 1:45:38.
In the women’s 25K race, former USATF Mountain Teammate Megan Lizotte of Basalt, CO dominated the course in 1:46:59. Second place finisher Christine O’Gorman, 24, finished a strong second in 1:55:04. Coming in third was 41-year old Susie Rinehart in 1:58:02.
Finally, in the men’s 8 mile, course record holder (set in 2006) Andy Ames crossed the line first in 48:26. Greg Nash of Boulder finished up in second in 50:31, and 37-year old Derek Engard grabbed third in 53:28.
In the women’s 8 mile, former Greenland 25K champ Lindsay Krause of Littleton took top honors for the women, as well as fourth place overall with a time of 52:07. Winter Park’s Nancy Citriglia finished second in 58:15, and Trudi Jackson of Colorado Springs rounded out the top three in 1:0:20.