Eagle residents rule the roost at Canyon Shuffle half marathon
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD CANYON, Colorado – When Eagle resident Myriah Blair took off at a fast pace to start Saturday’s Glenwood Canyon Shuffle Half Marathon, she looked around and realized that no one else cared to try and follow. Blair, who set a personal record of 1 hour, 26 minutes, 12 seconds in winning the women’s division of the 13.1-mile race, then felt obliged to try and encourage some of the men in the race to catch up and share some of the workload.
“I tried to take it out fast and I was all alone, so I yelled back at some of the guys to come up so that I didn’t have to run by myself,” said Blair, who will be competing in the Goblin Valley 50K in Green River, Utah, at the end of the month. “This was a PR for me today, so I was happy.”
Following Blair in the ladies division was Lisa Belmonte with a time of 1:30:02, Melissa Goodman at 1:31:29, and Candy Underhill at 1:37:17.
Only one guy was able to answer Blair’s challenge on the day, that was another Eagle resident, Dan Nielson. His time of 1:24:50, allowed Nielson to not only catch Blair, but go on to claim the overall race victory. Andrew Henry was the runner-up for the men, and third overall with a time of 1:27:23. Henry was followed by Eddie Aispuru at 1:28:31.
A total of 61 runners took part in the half marathon portion of the race.
In the day’s shorter 3.1-mile (5K) race, a couple of freshmen at Colorado Mountain College took top honors.
Richard Wojan, who is originally from Boise, Idaho, crossed the finish line first with a time of 19:02. His CMC classmate, Joey Mason, ran a nice time of 20:34 to place second.
Wojan said that he and Mason train together on campus at Spring Valley.
“We’re both part of a running club that one of the RAs started. We ran a few times together this week, but we would actually like to start running more,” said Wojan.
Third in the men’s division of the 5K was Brad Snyder, who was close behind Mason at 20:36.
Glenwood Springs High School cross country runner Sadey Stillman was the women’s winner in the 5K. Stillman’s Demons had a weekend off from the rigors of the cross country season, so she decided to get in a little extra training on a beautiful fall day in the Glenwood Canyon.
“This is actually the first race I’ve run just for fun,” said Stillman, who is a junior. “All the others have been for cross country.”
Stillman’s time was 24:29.
Anne Briotet and Ellen Brooks were second and third, respectively, with times of 24:56 and 25:12.
Seventy-one runners went to the starting gates of the 5K. Both Canyon Shuffle races were for the benefit of the Literacy Outreach Program. Literacy Outreach trains volunteers to work one on one with adult students to help them learn to read and write.
Next up on the local running calendar is this Saturday’s Banzai Trail 5K in West Glenwood at 9 a.m.
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