USA Cross Country Championships Photo Gallery

This was Laura Thweatt’s moment.

Race favorite. Hometown Colorado crowd. Two straight club cross country titles. A dream to represent the United States on the world stage still unfulfilled.

When the gun sounded at the USA cross country championships Saturday at Flatirons Golf Course, the Durango native and University of Colorado alumna raced to the front — pacing a deeply talented field filled with runners capable of winning — and never relented.

“I was just trying to stay really relaxed, not press too early,” said Thweatt, who runs for Boulder Track Club and is sponsored by Saucony. “I knew going into the fourth lap it wasn’t over. I knew I was going to have to surge a few more times to really solidify it.”

Read more: Chris Derrick, Laura Thweatt win titles at USA Cross Country Championships | Denver Post

All photos by Chris Boyack | Colorado Photo Company for Colorado Runner.

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