Hundreds Help Celebrate 13 years of Greenland Trail Races in 2017

You could not have asked for better weather this past Saturday morning for the Greenland Trail Races, hosted by yours truly, Colorado Runner. Warm and sunny, hundreds of runners and walkers took to the trails of Greenland Open Space in Larkspur, just south of Castle Rock. Known for its firm dirt trails and forgiving elevation gain, the event’s four race distances are attractive to beginners and elites alike. Plus, the post-race celebration features food, drink and awesome prizes to top finishers.

The 50K race – and Road Runners Club of America Colorado Ultra Championship – was incredibly exciting, as two females finished on the podium. In the men’s race, 23-year old Ian O’Brien took the overall win in 3:50:37, with 41-year old Michael Robbert finishing second male and fourth overall in 4:02:43. Rounding out the men’s podium and finishing fifth overall was fellow masters runner Matthew Curtis in 4:09:46.

The women’s 50K race was very close, with 31-year old Lillie Romeiser edging out 53-year old Colleen De Reuck to take first female and second overall in 3:59:21. De Reuck was second female and third overall with a finishing time of 3:59:34. Rounding out the podium was Samantha Gardner of Daphne, AL in 4:44:52.

In the men’s 25K race, 38-year old Azarya Weldemariam blasted the field and took top honors in 1:31:34. Coming in second was 35-year old Jordan Jones in 1:39:58, with 24-year old Joey Bender rounding out the top three in 1:41:11.

The top three finishers in the women’s 25K finished back-to-back-to back, with 23-year old Sylvia Nordskar finishing first in 1:54:52; Stephanie Wurtz of Manitou Springs was second in 1:57:55, and 32-year old Natascha Leanardo crossed the line in third in 2:03:29.

In the men’s 8M race, 44-year old Chris Grauch came in first in 48:18, with 41-year old Ryan McMullen finishing second in 52:59. Coming in a close third was 27-year old Teo Jackson in 53:11.

The women’s 8M race saw Greenland Trail Race alum Hayley Benson finish first in 53:28, also good for fourth place overall. Not far behind was second place finisher Rachael Rudel, who crossed the line in 54:48, good for fifth place overall. The final podium spot belonged to 28-year old Kevyn Stokes in 1:03:10.

New this year was the 4M race, who saw 50-year old Scott Siriano take first place in the men’s race in 27:42. Coming in second was DAniel Gardner of Daphne, AL in 28:48, with 56-year old Steven Sellars rounding out the top three in 30:16.

In the women’s 4M, 56-year old Nancy Hobbs dominated the field, taking the win in 33:49. Finishing second was 41-year old Lisa Pike in 37:19, with 35-year old Julie Linton crossing the line in third in 37:46.

New 4 Mile Race Course Added to Greenland Trail Races

The Greenland Trail Races have added a new, shorter race distance – a 4 mile course. The race is scheduled for May 6, 2017 in Larkspur, Colorado at the Greenland Open Space Park in southern Douglas County, south of Castle Rock, just off I-25. The Greenland Trail Races are celebrating more than a decade of trail running at Greenland Open Space. In addition to enjoying a wide dirt trail race that travels Colorado’s Front Range Trail, runners and walkers will receive an innovative technical running shirt in both men’s and women’s sizing, a finisher’s medal, chip timing, and a party-like atmosphere at the finish with delicious food and drink, including muffins, pretzels, cookies, and pizza.

This year, the 50K will host the Road Runners Club of America Colorado Ultra Championship. Race winners will be awarded running shoes. Also, Runners Roost has donated $1,500 in gift certificates that will be given to the top three runners in every age group. Rudy Project has donated additional prizes, such as XX2i sunglasses and hats. There will be free photo downloads for everyone after the event, courtesty of Sporthill. The Greenland Trail is a fast course and also very beginner friendly.

The trail running festival benefits the Douglas Land Conservancy. The Douglas Land Conservancy is a non-profit land trust dedicated to the protection and conservation of the natural character, habitat, and open space of the central Front Range region of Colorado, including Douglas County and surrounding areas.

The series is sponsored by the Runners Roost, Sporthill, Rudy Project, Road ID, Gatorade, and Colorado Runner Magazine. The race is a part of the 2017 Trail Runner Trophy Series.
For more information on the races, visit www.greenland50k.com.

Greenland Trail 50K Awarded RRCA Colorado Ultra Championship

The Greenland Trail 50K will host the Road Runners Club of America Colorado Ultra Championship. The race is scheduled for May 6, 2017 in Larkspur, Colorado at the Greenland Open Space Park in southern Douglas County, south of Castle Rock, just off I-25. Free elite athlete entries are available online at www.greenland50k.com.

The Greenland 50K is celebrating more than a decade of trail running at Greenland Open Space. In addition to enjoying a wide dirt trail race that travels Colorado’s Front Range Trail, runners and walkers will receive an innovative technical running shirt in both men’s and women’s sizing, a finisher’s medal, chip timing, and a party-like atmosphere at the finish with delicious food and drink, including muffins, pretzels, cookies, and pizza. The race also offers a 25K distance and an 8 mile distance for runners and walkers. New this year, a 4 mile course has been added for runners looking to try trail running but don’t want the commitment of training for a longer event.

“We’re excited to celebrate our 13th year of trail running at Greenland Open Space,” said Derek Griffiths, race director. “The park rangers at Douglas County Open Space have shown us tremendous support through the years. We are proud to partner with the RRCA for this event and to have the honor to host a championship race. But this race isn’t just for elite runners. Runners and walkers of every pace are welcome and everyone will receive a finisher’s medal.”

Race winners will be awarded running shoes. Also, Runners Roost has donated $1,500 in gift certificates that will be given to the top three runners in every age group. Rudy Project has donated additional prizes, such as XX2i sunglasses and hats. There will be free photo downloads after the event, courtesty of Sporthill. The Greenland Trail is a fast course and also very beginner friendly.

The trail running festival benefits the Douglas Land Conservancy. The Douglas Land Conservancy is a non-profit land trust dedicated to the protection and conservation of the natural character, habitat, and open space of the central Front Range region of Colorado, including Douglas County and surrounding areas.

The series is sponsored by the Runners Roost, Sporthill, Rudy Project, Road ID, Gatorade, and Colorado Runner Magazine. The race is a part of the 2017 Trail Runner Trophy Series.
For more information on the races, visit www.greenland50k.com.

Greenland Trail Races Joins Trail Runner Trophy Series

12325_78701_1059The 2017 Greenland Trail Races will be a part of the Trail Runner Trophy Series. The Trail Runner Trophy Series is a points-based series of more than 150 trail races in the United States and Canada. All events are divided into two categories: Non-marathon (races shorter than 26 miles) and Marathon & Longer (races 26 miles and longer). Anyone who finishes a Trail Runner Trophy Series race is automatically entered. For the non-marathon and marathon & longer categories, each participant will earn points for completing a race and bonus points for finishing in the top three. Trail Runner is excited to bring back the two top-tier prizes: A trip with Run the Alps in Switzerland for the person who logs the most miles, and a Personal Photo on the March 2018 cover for the racer who finishes the most Trophy Series races.

Join us at Greenland Open Space in Douglas County on Saturday, May 6. The event offers three outstanding distances. Run the 8 Miler, the 25K, or tackle the 50K ultramarathon. With Pikes Peak as your backdrop, you’ll cruise over a soft dirt trail on your way to a new personal best. With chip timing, medals to all finishers, an innovative technical running shirt in men’s and women’s sizing, and food at the finish, this race will make you want to come back for more. New this year – free photo downloads after the race.

Runner Roost is awarding all age group winners with gift certificates.

The trail running festival is sponsored by Runners Roost, Sporthill, LaSportiva, Gatorade, Road ID, Larkspur Pizzaria and Colorado Runner Magazine. Registration is now open online.

For more information on the races, visit www.greenland50k.com.

Sporthill to Offer Free Photos for Greenland Trail Races

12325_78701_3264Back again this year at the Greenland Trail Races – free photo downloads after the race! Professional photographers will be capturing your best grin on course and you can download your pictures for free after the race, thanks to a sponsorship by Sporthill. Sporthill is a premium athletic and outdoor apparel engineered for performance and comfort in all weather conditions.

Join us at Greenland Open Space in Douglas County on Saturday, May 6. The event offers three outstanding distances. Run the 8 Miler, the 25K, or tackle the 50K ultramarathon. With Pikes Peak as your backdrop, you’ll cruise over a soft dirt trail on your way to a new personal best. With chip timing, medals to all finishers, an innovative technical running shirt in men’s and women’s sizing, and food at the finish, this race will make you want to come back for more.

Runner Roost is awarding all age group winners with gift certificates.

The trail running festival is sponsored by Runners Roost, Sporthill, LaSportiva, Gatorade, Road ID, Larkspur Pizzaria and Colorado Runner Magazine. Registration is now open online and in store registration is offered at metro Denver Runners Roost locations.

For more information on the races, visit www.greenland50k.com.

Greenland Trail Races To Benefit Douglas Land Conservancy

12325_78701_1927 The Greenland Trail Races is partnering with the Douglas Land Conservancy on Saturday, May 6 at the Greenland Open Space Park in Douglas County. The race offers an 8 mile distance, a 25K, and a 50K ultramarathon, which is host to this year’s RRCA State Championship. Both runners and walkers are welcome.

The Douglas Land Conservancy is a non-profit, accredited land trust dedicated to the protection of the natural character of our region and to the conservation of natural habit and open space. In partnership with land owners, civic and community leaders for the last 20 years, the Douglas Land Conservancy has permanently preserved over 12,000 acres of open space in Douglas, Elbert and Jefferson County.

The trail running festival is sponsored by Runners Roost, LaSportiva, Gatorade, Road ID, Larkspur Pizzaria and Colorado Runner Magazine. Registration is now open online.
For more information on the races, visit www.greenland50k.com.

Greenland Trail 25K Awarded RRCA Western Region Trail Championship

12325_78701_1076The Greenland Trail 25K will host the Road Runners Club of America Western Region Trail Championship. The 12th edition of the race is scheduled for April 30, 2016 in Larkspur, Colorado at the Greenland Open Space Park in southern Douglas County, south of Castle Rock, just off I-25. Free elite athlete entries are available online at www.greenland50k.com.

In 2015, The 25K saw almost 300 participants, with the men’s top finisher Scott Spillman coming close to breaking the course record. Spillman grabbed the win in 1:36:05. Finishing second was 40-year old Tim Hola in 1:43:22, with 22-year old Kory Skattum not far behind, coming in third in 1:44:41. In the women’s race, 25-year old Brittney MacDonald took top honors in 2:00:42. Blair Bucklin of Lafayette was second in 2:03:18. Rounding out the podium was 24-year old Meghan Winters in 2:08:22.

The Greenland 50K, 25K and 8 Miler is celebrating more than a decade of trail running at Greenland Open Space. In addition to enjoying a wide dirt trail race that travels Colorado’s Front Range Trail, runners and walkers will receive an innovative technical running shirt in both men’s and women’s sizing, a finisher’s medal, chip timing, and a party-like atmosphere at the finish with delicious food and drink, including muffins, pretzels, cookies, and pizza.

“We’re excited to celebrate our 12th year of trail running at Greenland Open Space,” said Derek Griffiths, race director. “The park rangers at Douglas County Open Space have shown us tremendous support through the years. We are proud to partner with the RRCA for this event and to have the honor to host a regional championship race. But this race isn’t just for elite runners. Runners and walkers of every pace are welcome and everyone will receive a finisher’s medal.”

Race winners will be awarded running shoes by LaSportiva. Also, Runners Roost stores have donated $1,500 in gift certificates that will be given to the top three runners in every age group. The Greenland Trail is a fast course and also very beginner friendly.

The trail running festival benefits the Douglas Land Conservancy. The Douglas Land Conservancy is a non-profit land trust dedicated to the protection and conservation of the natural character, habitat, and open space of the central Front Range region of Colorado, including Douglas County and surrounding areas.

The series is sponsored by the Runners Roost, LaSportiva, Timex, Road ID, Gatorade, and Colorado Runner Magazine. For more information on the races, visit www.greenland50k.com.

Benson Crushes Course Record at 2015 Greenland 50K

Hayley Benson Smashes the Greenland 50K Course Record in 3:41:31

Hayley Benson Smashes the Greenland 50K Course Record in 3:41:31

Pristine racing conditions set the stage for the 11th Annual Greenland Trail Races.  The event featured a 50K, 25K and 8 Mile, all of which circumvented the trails within the Greenland Open Space just south of Larkspur, CO.  Over 800 participants – newbies and veterans alike – took to the dirt-packed trails under scattered clouds and temperatures in the mid 60’s.

The conditions allowed for some fast times to be set, but the performance of the day goes to 33-year old Hayley Benson of Littleton, who smashed the previous women’s course record in the 50K. Previously set in 2012 by Salomon athlete Kerrie Bruxvoort, Benson bested the 3:51:25 by almost 10 minutes, finishing second overall in 3:41:31.

Regardless of the distance, participants were treated to a relaxed post-race celebration complete with food, drinks, pizza and beer.  Awards were given to the top three male and female finishers in each race, along with Runners Roost gift cards for the top three in each respective age category.  Additionally, the 50K played host to the Road Runners Club of America Western Region Ultra Championship.

Read on to find out how other top finishers fared across the three race distances.

The men’s 50K saw previous champ Peter Maksimow of Manitou Springs lead wire-to-wire, grabbing the win in 3:18:55.  Coming in second was 34-year old Christopher Gregory in 3:50:31, with 46-year old Scott Swaney rounding out the top three in 3:55:38.

As previously mentioned, pro triathlete Hayley Benson finished second overall and first for the women in 3:41:31.  Second place belonged to 39-year old Kaija Staley in 4:16:41, with Julie Olsen-Smith of Lone Tree finishing third in 4:20:45.

The 25K saw almost 300 participants, with the men’s top finisher Scott Spillman coming close to breaking the course record.

Spillman grabbed the win in 1:36:05.  Finishing second was 40-year old Tim Hola in 1:43:22, with 22-year old Kory Skattum not far behind, coming in third in 1:44:41.

In the women’s race, 25-year old Brittney MacDonald took top honors in 2:00:42.  Blair Bucklin of Lafayette was second in 2:03:18.  Rounding out the podium was 24-year old Meghan Winters in 2:08:22.

The men’s 8 mile saw Matthew Kempton dominate the field, taking the win in 47:25.  Coming in second was current course record holder Andy Ames in 50:04 (52-year old Ames set the CR in 2006 in 46:33).  Finishing third was 43-year old Gerald Romero in 51:36.

Women’s 8 mile champ Sarah Pizzo took a commanding lead and never looked back.  Pizzo won the race in 52:37.  Ashley Corn of Denver crossed the line in second in 56:03, with Elizabeth Carey finishing third in 57:13.

Video interviews with Peter Maksimow, Hayley Benson and Scott Spillman are provided by Tim Bergsten, Pikes Peak Sports