Runners and walkers were treated to beautiful morning race conditions on Labor Day in Parker for the Labor Day Half Marathon, 10K and 5K.
Starting and finishing at Salisbury Park, half marathon runners headed north on the Cherry Creek Trail at 6:30 AM. The early start helped to keep temperatures in the high 50 degree range at the start.
Using a time trial start to help with social distancing, Kenneth Foster crushed the course record in leading 173 athletes to the finish line. Foster, of Monument, cruised to a 1:09:46 finish. 2019 champion Ashton Grissom of Lone Tree took the silver in 1:15:44.
Marissa Kuik of Colorado Springs took top honors for the ladies, also setting a new course record of 1:24:01 in the process.
The 10K started an hour after the half marathon and headed in the opposite direction along the Cherry Creek Trail. Jonathan Finer of Lakewood led 113 athletes to the finish, running 36:37. Julie Draguns of Centennial took the gold for the women in 46:28.
In the 5K, which started at 8:30 AM, Adam Rich of Colorado Springs returned to top position after spending a year over seas in Germany. He didn’t lose any form as he took the win in 16:17. 15-year-old Marin Smith of Highlands Ranch was the first female in 21:06.
Below are some photos from the event.