Hejtmanek tops at Titan Trot | PostIndependent.com

Hejtmanek tops at Titan Trot

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

SILT, Colorado – The Titan Trot 5K Run/Walk, which is a benefit for the Coal Ridge High School booster club, greeted 90 participants on a nice spring morning Saturday in Silt.

The course featured a tester of a hill that seemed to go on and on, followed by a downhill reprieve into town for the finish.

New Castle’s Josh Hejtmanek is making a habit of winning most local foot races, and Saturday was no exception to that rule.

Hejtmanek made the challenging course look easy as he cruised to a time of 17 minutes, 40 seconds en route to his third consecutive victory in three races of the Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series.

Playing second fiddle to Hejtmanek was Nick Garay of Silt. Garay is streamlined lean, and looks the part of a fast runner as he finished a little over a minute behind the winner with a time of 18:41.

Glenwood’s Eric Lamb, who is a recent University of Colorado graduate, is slowly making his way up the pecking order of top local runners. Lamb was third overall with a time of 19:49, and he met his major race objective along the way.

“I came in today wanting to break 20 minutes, so I’m happy with the result,” said Lamb.

Eddie Aispuro was fourth overall with a time of 20:53.

The ladies winners all came to the race’s conclusion one right after the other in finishing 10th, 11th, and 12th overall.

Cheryl Castle was crowned champion with a time of 22:04. Dana Peterson was second in 22:30, and Berry Hurst was in tow at 22:41. Christina McClard finished fourth for the women, and 17th overall with a time of 23:37.

The next race in the CRVCRS will be in Silt also, at the Stoney Ridge Ball Field. It’s the Run For Their Lives 5K, and it begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 2. The race is a benefit for the Pauline Schneegas Wildlife Foundation in Silt.

June 2 also features the Mountain to Valley 10 mile and 4 mile runs in Glenwood Springs. Those races begin at 8 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. respectively.

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