Temperatures were chilly, but the atmosphere was warm for the Santa Stampede 10K and 5K on Saturday morning at Hudson Gardens in Littleton.
In the men’s 10K, 29-year old Eddie Perez grabbed the win in 33:45, with 33-year old Nicholas Boehlke a coming in a close second in 34:05. Kyle Pietari of Edgewater crossed the line in third in 34:55.
The women’s 10K saw 27-year old Kristen Arendt finish first for the women in 36:17, also good for fifth overall. Boulder‘s Krystalanne Curwood finished a close second for the ladies in 36:34, with 29-year old Amanda Scott rounding out the top three in 37:10.
In the men’s 5K race, 41-year old Andy Rinne finished first in 16:39, with 29-year old Eddie Perez – who finished first in the 10K – coming in second in 16:58. Sean McNeil of Denver was a close third in 17:02.
The women’s 5K saw 22-year old Heather Gates take top honors in 18:07, with 37-year old Jocelyn Petrella Gallagher coming in second in 19:11, and 17-year old Jordan Junan rounding out the podium in 19:51.