Barsness, Lundin lead pace at 2005 Mother’s Day Mile |

Barsness, Lundin lead pace at 2005 Mother’s Day Mile

Post Independent Photo/Kelley CoxRacers in the 15- 39-year-old division of the Mothers Day Mile take their mark Sunday afternoon. For the second year, Jenny Barsness, far right, had the fastest overall womens time and fastest mom titles at the event.

Post Independent StaffHeeding Mom’s instructions is always important – especially on Mother’s Day.

Fortunately, few of the 300-plus runners were listening when the race started.Encouraged to “Embrace your inner turtle,” by event chairman and the “Mother” of the Mother’s Day Mile, Nancy Reinisch, most of thecompetitors broke that rule. But, in this case, every violation was overlooked without further punishment.Jenny Barsness defended her dual title of fastest women’s racer and the best time among all mothers when she clocked in at 5 minutes, 29 seconds. The mark bettered her 2004 race time of 5 minutes, 45.87 seconds.

Fourteen year-old Melissa Buchanon, the winner of the 14-and-under division, had the next fastest women’s time at 6:10.00.Sue Bradsley earned the honor of Fastest Grandmother by completing the course in 7:34 Carolyn Prinster, 75, ran in at 13:45.00 to capture the Fastest Great-Grandmother crown.Glenwood Springs resident Gus Lundin, 22, had the fastest mile of the day when he came in at a record-setting 4:45.

Local distance-running legends Charlie Wertheim and Bernie Boettcher followed at 5:01.07 and 5:08.00.Heidi Vosbeck of Glenwood had the fastest women’s time at 6:11.00.Hailey Swirbul and Peter Steckler won their respective races among 8- and-under girls and boys. KeeganSwirbul took the 9- 10-year-old boys race. Jenna Brown, 9, earned the girls title.Travis Whitman was the 11 -14-year-old boys division winner. Lindsay McCue-Locke and Sam Petty were the 15 -19-year-old division. winners

Myrian Blair, Eileen Wysocki and Joyce Rankin were also division winners.Complete results from Sunday’s race will appear in a future edition of the Post Independent.

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