There was an intense air of anticipation leading up to Saturday’s 8th Annual Greenland Trail Races. The combination of top Colorado runners coupled with a weather and heat advisory lead to a palpable feeling of unknowing and excitement that some may say made Saturday’s races even better.
Out of all three distances: the 8 Mile, the 25K and the 50K, all but one course record was broken on Saturday. Peter Maksimow broke the men’s 50K course record in a time of 3:22:09 while Kerrie Bruxvoort broke the women’s 50K course record in 3:51:25. Daniel Kraft broke the men’s 25K course record in a time of 1:34:18 while Heather Utrata broke the women’s 25K course record in 1:45:43. Kim Dobson broke the 8 Mile course record in a time of 51:35 while Andy Ames’ 2006 finishing time of 46:33 in the men’s 8 Miler still stands.
Almost 800 participants came out to the Greenland Open Space on Saturday to brave the heat and take on a fast, albeit somewhat challenging course. Runners took advantage of the cool temperatures at the start, but the trails warmed up fast. Colorado Runner took extra precautions by stocking aid stations with extra water, Heed and supplements to help runners through the heat.
In the men’s 8 Mile race, 49-year old course record holder Andy Ames took the win in 49:03. Second place Matthew Flachs finished close behind in 50:17, and Derek Engard came in third with a time of 55:17. In the women’s 8 Miler, Kim Dobson dominated the trails and finished up first for the women and third place overall with a time of 51:35. Second place female finisher Stacey Chamberlain finished in 53:14, good for fourth place overall. Nicole Emery of Casper, WY rounded out the women’s top three with a time of 59:37.
In the men’s 25K race, 23-year old Daniel Kraft took the win in a blistering time of 1:34:18. Second and third place finishers Jim Rebenack and John Nichols finished in 1:37:44 and 1:43:07, respectively. Heather Utrata came out on top once again in the women’s 25K race, finishing in 1:45:45, good for fourth place overall. Second place Kris Klotzbach finished almost ten minutes behind Utrata, in a time of 1:54:15. Nicole Chyr rounded out the top three with a third place finishing time of 1:55:48.
The results of the highly-anticipated Greenland 50K did not disappoint. In the men’s 50K race, Peter Maksimow tore up the course and finished in a ridiculous time of 3:22:09. 45-year old Bill Fanselow finished second, over twenty minutes behind Maksimow, in a time of 3:42:37. Coming in third was Denver’s Craig Schmidt with a time of 3:45:50. Finishing fourth overall and first for the women in the 50K race was Kerrie Bruxvoort with a crazy-fast time of 3:51:25. 41-year old Stephanie Jones finished second, over thirty minutes behind Bruxvoort, with a time of 4:34:51. Close behind her was 43-year old third place finisher Jennifer Cubillas, crossing the line in 4:35:29.
It’s clear that runners are upping the ante at the Greenland Trail Races. The heat and sporadic wind didn’t stop course records from being smashed and higher bars being raised. The team at Colorado Runner is grateful for all those that come out to race, support, cheer and volunteer on Saturday – who knows what next year will bring!
- Regional Race Preview: Colorado Runner’s Greenland Trail Races (coloradorunnermag.com)