Monday, October 22, 2012

USATF CO State Championships' Weekend

There were two USATF CO State Championship races this past weekend and Team Colorado was represented in both.

USATF Colorado State Cross Country Championships - 10/21/12

This very competitive 8k was held at Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs and consisted of 4 X 2K loops on crushed gravel/dirt trails and grass. The meet also served as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships hosted by Team Colorado Member and coach of the UCCS Men's Cross Country team, Mark Misch, who will become a masters runner in less than 3 weeks!

The Gute taking it out with the leaders (white Hoka singlet #663)
Team Colorado's Simon Gutierrez and Justin Ricks took it out with the roadies and speed demons in a race that saw a Andy Wacker take the win in a very impressive 24:41. Simon ran an impressive race (for an old guy) placing 26th in 26:38 and taking the overall masters win.

Justin showing some leg!
Justin, who has been running long, slower distances in the mountains and neglecting doing very many speed workouts said, "that sucked!" after the placing 61st in 27:20. He is training for the US Trail Marathon Champs and The Northface 50.

Gute would have run at least a minute faster if he less midsole to his shoes!

video of the start of the XC Champs

USATF Colorado State Half Marathon Championships - 10/21/12

Peter Maksimow ran the Boulder Half Marathon serving as the USATF CO State Half Marathon Championships the next day at the Boulder Reservoir. The course consisted of mostly dirt roads, some pavement and, yes, that ringer again, Andy Wacker, who took the win in 1:11:37 for his second USATF CO State Championship of the weekend. Congrats Wacker!

Peter placed 8th OA in 1:17:47.

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