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.

Winter Distance Series Results: 2017 Snowman Stampede 5M & 10M

Zero snowmen were spotted at the third and final event of Colorado Runner’s Winter Distance Series: the Snowman Stampede 5M and 10M. On the contrary, Hudson Gardens was a sea of shorts and t-shirts as everyone enjoyed the seasonally warm weather in mid-February.

Now in its 12th year, the Snowman Stampede is a benefit for the Fetal Health Foundation. All participants received a race technical running shirt, free photo downloads of the run, a finisher’s medal, chip timing, and a party-like atmosphere at the finish with yummy food and drinks.

Runners Roost was on hand to award the winners of each race with a pair of New Balance shoes, in addition to gift certificates to first, second, and third place age group winners. The 10M race was the Western Regional Championships for the Road Runners Club of America.

The men’s 10M race saw a tie between top finishers Mason Frank and Steve Chu, both crossing the finish line in 53:38. Third place belonged to Adrian MacDonald of Colorado Springs in 57:13.

In the women’s 10M, 38-year old Briana Boehmer led wire-to-wire, finishing first in 1:03:25. Niwot’s Sarah Bay was second in 1:07:15, and 39-year old Nicole Chyr finished third in 1:08:37.

The men’s 5M saw 27-year old Mason Frank – who tied for first in the 10M – grab the win in 26:24. Coming in second was Jason Brosseau of Colorado Springs in 27:51, with 32-year old Yevgeniy Vinogradskiy a close third in 27:56.

In the women’s 5M race, 35-year old Melissa Dock took top honors in 28:31. Coming in second was 26-year old Ashley Brasovan in 29:26, with Emma Kenyon of Broomfield rounding out the top three in 29:45.