Cheatin’ Woodchuck Chase: Sedbrook, Keeper claim titles |

Cheatin’ Woodchuck Chase: Sedbrook, Keeper claim titles

Jon Mitchell
Citizen Telegram Sports Editor
Holly Keeper of Rifle speeds down the 5-mile course in Rifle Mountain Park on her way towinning the women's title in the annual Cheatin' Woodchuck Chase on Saturday morning. Keeper posted a winning time of 29:56.82.
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Saturday at Rifle Mountain Park, Rifle

5-mile run (Top 10)

1. Cody Sedbrook, 25:43.80; 2. Brenden Wagler, 26:31.89; 3. Wesley Toews, 26:49.28; 4. Josh Hejtmanek, 27:23.59; 5. Michael Palmgren, 28:14.88; *6. Holly Keeper, 29:56.82; 7. Candy De Leura, 32:51.29; 8. Brad Palmer, 33:23.81; *9. Sarah Wagler, 34.35.81; 10. Bob DuBois, 34:45.65.

2.3-mile run (Top 3)

1. Gavin Harden, 13:42.37; 2. Megan Duncan, 19:54.55; 3. Bruce Kollar, 21:28.24.

RIFLE — Josh Hejtmanek put himself in some rare company this past weekend.

The veteran runner from New Castle, who finished fourth in the overall standings of the Cheatin’ Woodchuck Chase in Rifle Mountain Park this past weekend, was the only runner to come away with a perfect score of 90 in the six-race series. The 37-year-old Hejtmanek was the top runner in the 30- to 39-year-old age group in each race, giving him 15 points for each age-group victory.

Hejtmanek was also one of only six runners to compete in each off the six races. All total, 363 runners took part in at least one of the six races, with all proceeds benefiting area charities.

Hejtmanek was one of three men who took part in each of the six races. Brad Palmer (racing in the 50-59 age group) and Bob Albright (70 and over) were the others.

Three women also made it to all six races this year. They were all in the 40- to 49-year-old age group, also: Andrea Arnhold, Lisa Parmalee and Ju Lynn Young.

Arnhold was the top point scorer among all women who took part in the series this year, finishing with 82 points. She won her age group at the Grand River Gallop in Rifle in April, the Titan Trot 5K in Peach Valley in May, the Run for their Lives 5K in Silt that took place in June, and the Cheatin’ Woodchuck Chase that took place this past Saturday at Rifle Mountain Park.

Winners of each age group received gift certificates from Independence Run and Hike in Carbondale.

First-place winners earned a $50 gift certificate. Second-place finishers earned a $35 gift certificate, while third-place winners were give $25.

The series is put together annually by the Rifle Parks and Recreation Department.

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