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Issue 13 (September 2005)
Colorado Runner

World Championships Gold Medal For Women's 100K
The U.S. women's team captured a gold medal at the IAU 100K World Cup in Lake Saroma, Hokkaido, Japan on June 26. Second- place finisher Anne Riddle-Lundblad, 38, of Asheville, North Carolina posted a 7:54:22, which was just 40 seconds out of first place. Second for the American women in the grueling 62.1 mile distance was Nikki Kimball, 33, of Bozeman, Montana in 8:22:58 in seventh position. Colorado's own Tania Pacev (left), 44, of Littleton rounded out the scoring and also finished ninth overall with a time of 8:29:19.

Pacev was thrilled with the win. "It's one moment in a lifetime that I will always remember. The most touching moment for me was going to the podium and hearing the national anthem after receiving the gold medal." She added that the course was expected to be very fast but the grueling weather conditions made for slower than expected times. The heat, wind and humidity took its toll on the American team. "It wasn't my best race because of the conditions, but I did good over the last 20K and was thrilled to help my team to score the gold medal."

The second place team, France, was nearly 14 minutes behind the Americans. Japan finished third. In scoring, the top three team members finish times are added together for the total.

Ann Heaslett, 41, of Madison, Wisconsin ran a solid 8:55:50 to place 13th and Anthea Schmid, 33, of Crested Butte was 16th in 9:11:55. Karen Scott, 37, of Florissant, Colorado did not finish.

The men's team, which included Mark Werner of Boulder, placed just out of the medals in fourth place. Russian Gregory Murzin was the men's 100K champion with a time of 6:24:15 followed by Jorge Aubeson of Spain in 6:33:03. There were 71 finishers and 16 teams on the men's side and 27 female finishers with six teams.

The U.S. women's team, from left: Tania Pacev, Nikki Kimball, Anne Riddle, Ann Heaslett, Anthea Schmid, Karen Scott. Photos courtesy of Tania Pacev

Coloradans Race at the World Track and Field Championships in Helsinki
Boulder's Steve Slattery ran in the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase at the World Track and Field Championships in August, finishing his heat in 8:36.01. Photo yb Victor Sailor /

Carbondale's Carrie Messner competed in the women's steeplechase final. She finished with a time of 10:11.20. Photo by Victor Sailor /

Locals Make Mountain Team
Several Colorado athletes have secured an automatic berth on the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team which will head to Wellington New Zealand on September 25 to represent the United States in the World Mountain Running Trophy Race. The runners include Timothy Parr, 23, of Gunnison, Simon Gutierrez, 39, of Alamosa, Laura Haefeli, 37, of Del Norte, and Anita Ortiz, 41, of Eagle. The squad will be comprised of 10 members with six men and four women.

Koerner and Kimball Win 50 Mile Titles
Hal Koerner and Nikki Kimball won the 2005 50 Mile Trail Championships at the White River 50 Mile in Crystal Lake, Washington. It was the first 50 Mile Championship for Koerner and the third for Kimball, who finished 7:15:33 and 7:46:31 respectively. With temperatures in the 70s, the course covered over 17,400 feet of total elevation change and was run in the shadow of Mt. Rainier over sections of technical trail and taxing climbs and descent.

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