It was a seasonal morning at the Santa Stampede 5K and 10K this past Saturday as snow began to quickly fall throughout the morning and provide participants with a winter wonderland of a race! The first event of Colorado Runner’s Winter Distance Series kicked off with the 5K under gray skies, but by the time the 10K was in full swing a little later on, runners and walkers were crossing the finish line in snow globe-like conditions. Of course, that didn’t stop hundreds of holiday-clad participants from enjoying the morning, some of which posted some very fast times.
The 5K and 10K saw both the men’s and women’s winners sweep both races. 27-year old Brandon Birdsong of Alamosa was the definitive champion in the 5K in 16:03. The 10K was a little closer, but Birdsong still prevailed in 32:53. 36-year old Briana Boehmer of Boulder posted an 18:35 5K time and a 39:52 10K, both wins in the women’s division.
For the rest of the men in the 5K field, 30-year old Daniel Holligan came in second in 16:54, with Lakewood’s Andrew Knusten rounding out the top three in 17:14.
The women’s second place 5K position belonged to 37-year old Sara Woodward in 19:07, followed by 22-year old Shelby Garza in 19:18.
The Santa Stampede played host to the USATF Colorado 10K Championships, which saw Birdsong and Boehmer take top honors. In the men’s 10K, 29-year old Kenneth Foster was second in 33:10 and 23-year old Anthony Kunkel of Durango came in third in 35:54. The women’s 10K saw 35-year old Maija Zimmerman finish second in 40:27 with 27-year old Amanda Morgenstern a close third in 40:37.
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