Barlow, Perkins win 42nd Sopris Runoff 14-miler |

Barlow, Perkins win 42nd Sopris Runoff 14-miler

Runners leave the start of the Mt. Sopris Runoff 14-miler from Emma on Saturday, July 24, 2021.
Tami Stroud courtesy photo

The 50th Carbondale Mountain Fair last weekend included the 42nd running of the Mt. Sopris Runoff 14-miler and its companion 4-Mile Fair Run foot races after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

Sponsored by Independence Run & Hike, the Saturday event saw Michael Barlow and Rachel Perkins win the respective men’s and women’s titles in the longer race. Finishing times were 1 hour, 34 minutes and 56 seconds for Barlow and 1:46:20 for Perkins.

The course took 45 runners from the starting line near the Emma Schoolhouse in Basalt up West Sopris Creek Road with a 1,500-foot elevation gain, then a 1,700-foot descent along Prince Creek Road to the finish at Carbondale’s Sopris Park.

Top 10 finishers were (*denotes female):

1. Michael Barlow (1:34:56); 2. Tristan Purdy (1:36:31); 3. Chris Bridges (1:40:30); 4. Neil Martin (1:45:15); 5. *Rachel Perkins (1:46:32); 6. *Cassair McKinney (1:47:20); 7. Kyle Stormer (1:50:35); 8. Kevin Warner (1:56:33); 9. *Emily Worline (1:58:19); 10. Andrew Karon (1:59:19)

The 4-Mile Fair Run followed the final stretch of the longer race on Prince Creek Road and into Carbondale. Top 10 finishers in that race were:

1. Jaden Peck (25:48); 2. Jimmy Byrne (26:55); 3. *Liza Mitchell (27:43); 4. Dan Berg (27:44); 5. Brad Palmer (28:01); 6. Jeremy Aronson (28:39); 7. Colby Christoff (28:57); 8. Mark Feinsinger (29:15); 9. David Conklin (29:30); 10. Steve Peck (29:35).

Senior Reporter/Managing Editor John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or

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