170 runners turn out for Canyon Shuffle | PostIndependent.com

170 runners turn out for Canyon Shuffle

Mike Vidakovich
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Glenwood Canyon – A beautiful fall morning greeted 170 runners that made up the combined field for Saturday’s Glenwood Canyon Shuffle Race for Literacy half marathon and 5K.

The popular races serve as a benefit for the Literacy Outreach program.

The 13.1-mile half marathon took on a new look this year due to the damage to the bike path in the canyon. This year’s course guided runners east from the starting line at No Name out into the canyon, where a turnaround awaited them at the Shoshone Power Plant. It was then back through No Name, to another turnaround point by the Glenwood Vapor Caves and back to end things at the original starting line.

Got all that?

New Castle’s Josh Hejtmanek got it all just fine in cruising to victory in the long race with a time of 1 hour, 21 minutes, 43 seconds. Hejtmanek didn’t mind the big uphill near the finish one bit.

“Either way, you get an uphill to the finish line,” he said, speaking of the climb to the end on the old course.

Marco Peinado was second in the half marathon with a time of 1:23:42. He was followed by Drew Henry at 1:27:08.

Glenwood’s Abbey Walters looked to be in good form, as she won the ladies version of the half. Walters’ time of 1:36:47 bested second-place Anne Swanson, also of Glenwood, who ran a solid 1:44:13.

Walters used the Canyon Shuffle as a tuneup of sorts for next week’s Chicago Marathon.

“I just went out and had fun, didn’t push it too hard. I ran with Brion [After] up until mile 11, so that helped having someone to run with,” said Walters, who coaches cross country at Glenwood Springs High School.

Third place for the women went to Ginny Dudley with a time of 1:46:10.

The story of the day may have been the winner in the shorter 5K (3.1 mile) shuffle. Eleven-year-old Tyler Scholl, a fifth-grader at West Grand Elementary in Kremmling, ran a 17:15 clocking to tear the finish tape all alone and shock volunteers and bystanders with his immense talent.

“I started running with mom and dad about three years ago and I just started to like it, and like it more each time I went out,” said Scholl, who beat his dad for the race title.

Shalon Scholl ran a 19:24 behind his son. Third place was Jon Lipp at 19:39.

The top three women in the 5K were Tyler’s mom, Steph Scholl at 20:42, followed by Alyson Johnson at 22:09, and Carly Stillman with a time of 23:34.

The number of local races left on the autumn calendar is beginning to dwindle. Next in line is the Demon 5K at Glenwood High School on Oct. 12, followed by the Banzai Trail 5K in West Glenwood on Oct. 29.

The season finale takes runners to the Glenwood Springs Golf Club for the 25th running of the Turkey Day 5K on Thanksgiving.

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