Simon Gutierrez takes to them thar hills, at the Mine To Mine 9K in the old gold mining towns of Cripple Creek and Victor, CO, in an attempt to strike gold. And gold he did strike, by gum, by placing 3rd OA in 30:49 and winning a gold nugget worth $100.
|Gute doing what he swore he would never do...run downhill. Luckily he had his fat shoes on!
The 9K road race started on a blustery snowy day from the Mollie Kathleen Mine and descended into the town of Cripple Creek before climbing back up and finishing at the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine. The OA male and female (Matt Levassiur & Brandy Erholtz) winners took home a $500 gold nugget. When asked what he was going to do with his valuable earnings, Simon concluded that he would make himself a gold tooth for his mouth!
Sunday October 14
The very next day saw a lot warmer weather for the second race of the Pikes Peak Road Runners Fall Series, where Justin Ricks and Peter Maksimow took the 2nd (28:49) and 3rd positions (29:48), respectively, and place themselves in that same order in the overall series. Local runner, Robbie Young, took the top spot and extended his lead in the series.
|A well-tanned Justin has his eyes on the last climb of the course
|Wonderful fall foliage with NORAD in the background...and, no, Peter is not heel-striking in this photo
This 4.5-mile real cross country-style course (actually, closer to 5 miles, Larry Miller, RD, doesn't know how to measure) at Bear Creek Regional Park was a roller coaster of climbs and descents, soft gravel, single tracks which looked like a drunk person blazed them (Larry?), creek crossings and the formidable rope climb up a 30-foot embankment. (Again, thanks Larry!)
|There's the rope climb
Results, videos photos and colorful commentary by Tim Bergsten can be found at www.pikespeaksports.us