Duncan sets course record at Sequoia Glen 5K
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
WEST GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – There were several noteworthy happenings at Saturday’s 12th annual running of the Kenny Cline Memorial Sequoia Glen 5K.
Most notable was the record field of 119 runners and walkers, who turned out on a warm spring afternoon to get some exercise by getting to the top of a very big hill and back down again. They also paid tribute to Kenny Cline, who served as the race’s host and inspiration in its early years, and remembered Paul Driskill, who was lost to the running community on Christmas Eve.
Also worth taking note of was the money generated for the Rifle Animal Shelter and the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation in Silt, through entry fees and generous contributions from participants given beyond the $10 entry fee.
Some very fast people showed up to take the challenge of Sequoia Glen, which has earned the reputation as one of the toughest 5Ks in the area. The entire Glenwood High School track team was in attendance, as was Grand Valley High running and basketball star Brandi Krieg.
Setting a new course record, and proving to be the fastest of the fast, was Jeremy Duncan.
Duncan’s 20 minute, 21 second gallop was good enough to defeat New Castle’s Josh Hejtmanek, who finished the race in 20:58. Third among the men, and seventh overall, was Glenwood’s Brian Passenti, who crossed the finish line in 22:41.
A very deep and talented field of ladies made their presence known at Sequoia Glen, with Ashley Arnold leading the way and finishing third overall with a time of 21:50. Following close behind, and coming off a 16th-place finish earlier in the day at the America’s Uphill in Aspen, was Glenwood’s Cynthia Arnold at 21:53.
Glenwood High School assistant track coach Katie Bagley wasn’t far behind the Arnolds. Bagley’s time of 21:56 put her within a breath of claiming the champion’s crown. Former race winner Kelley Cullen of New Castle was fourth in 22:05, with Krieg rounding out the women’s top five in 25:07.
The biggest – and most noteworthy – event of the day may have been the finish of walkers Peter and Barbara Guy of New Castle, both 75 years young, and when 3-year-old Samantha Baumert of Glenwood came across the finish line to a rousing ovation, with her mom in tow, in 119th place.
Sequoia Glen was the first of six races in the Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series. Next up in the series will be the Grand River Gallop 5K Run/Walk in Rifle on Saturday, April 16.
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