New Castle’s Hogback Hustle |

New Castle’s Hogback Hustle

Kim Doose

The 92 racers who ran in New Castle’s Hogback Hustle 5K last Saturday may never look at Castle Valley Boulevard the same again.

All Brian Magee wanted to do was meet the guy in the yellow jersey who ran by him while Jim Lord reminisced about what it felt like to get passed by a man pushing a baby stroller.

“I just wanted to finish ahead of that guy,” he said,”So I had to really put it on.”

The 3.1 mile loop that encircles New Castle began with a lung-busting take-off at Castle Valley Boulevard that managed to punish even a few of the hardcore racers.

“The first hill is a killer,” Melissa Goodman said, “I had to pick up my time on the second and third mile.”

While some tried for their personal best, many just wanted to beat their time from last year, as nine-year-old Hunter Harbottle did.

“I beat my time by 10 minutes,” she said.

For 66-year-old Charles Jones, a four-mile run is part of a six-day-a-week workout plan that he implemented five years ago after he had a heart attack.

“But never on Sunday,” his wife confirmed.

Jones preaches on Sunday, and that’s all the workout he needs on the Sabbath.

The race benefits Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, an organization that maintains trails, wetlands and green spaces from Aspen to Rifle.

The race raised $915 for RFOV and $525 for the Boy Scouts who provided a postrace breakfast at the finish line in Burning Mountain Park.

RFOV uses donations to promote stewardship of public lands which focuses on the preservation and enhancement of the valley’s natural surroundings, which makes pounding the pavement around here a little more enjoyable.

Participants also liked the idea of a 5K in their hometown.

“It’s small enough to where it’s a really nice little race,” Sarah Rumery said.

The day had a good mix of competitors along with those who ran to stay in shape.

While the Hogback is only in its second year, Karen Wood credits Wysocki for much of its success.

“She’s a runner, she knows people,” Wood said.

For Wysocki, who plans to hold the race every year, two things stood out for her.

“The dedication of the runners and the generosity of the sponsors,” she said.

But some weren’t ready to run again just yet – not even to the half mile back to the starting line where everyone had parked.

Magee, who took second in the race, was ribbed by other racers when he bummed a ride back to the New Castle Diner.

As for Magee’s man in the yellow jersey, Magee never saw him again and the same goes for Lord’s stroller guy who also mysteriously disappeared, which brought Lord to the only logical conclusion.

“Maybe they’ve already ran home.”

Jesus and Consuelo Chavez, of New Castle. Jesus is a window cleaner, and Consuelo owns Nueva Moda Latina, a clothing store in Glenwood

From left, Jim Lord, of New Castle, owns the Jim Lord Insurance Agency; Brian Magee, of Glenwood, works at Alpine Bank; and Kurt Birkenmeier, of Glenwood, works for Jeffrey Mann Gallery of Fine Woodworking.

New Castle runners, from left, Drew Simonson and Jill Refior are both 13 and in eighth grade at Riverside Middle School; Hunter Harbottle, 9, is in third grade at Kathryn Senor Elementary; and Ali Simonson, 15, is a freshman at Coal Ridge High School.

From left, Satomi Gerdes, of Spring Valley, is a veterinary technician at Carbondale and Aspen animal hospitals, and Scot Gerdes, of Spring Valley, is a photo lab technician at CMC.

From left, Maureen O’Brien and Peggy Sconce, of New Castle, and Sue Kuhn, of Glenwood, are medical technicians at Valley View Hospital.

Rifle ladies, from left, Wanda Carroll owns Solid Rock Support, a secretarial service company, and Rose Eppler works at Factory Surplus

Angela Shepard, 14, of Glenwood, is in eighth grade at Glenwood Springs Middle School, and Roseanne Shepard, of Glenwood, is a teacher at CMC

From left, Judy Mauldin, of New Castle, works for Mauldin Brothers Plumbing; Maria Blake, of Carbondale, is a bilingual teacher at Basalt Elementary and Helen McQueeney, of El Jebel, is a personal trainer.

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