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.