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Blair quickest mom at Mother’s Day Mile

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Moms of all ages and speeds were on hand, running, walking and spending their special day with their families at the seventh annual Mother’s Day Mile on Sunday.

One mom in particular, Myriah Blair, proved she was not only the fastest mother, but the fastest female as well, finishing the race in 5 minutes, 30 seconds.

“I got second last year to my buddy Jenny Barsness; she is out of town this weekend,” Blair said.



Blair, who took sixth overall, raced again in the family untimed race with her two daughters.

“We all ran the family race together. It’s great and we get to do the whole family thing after and my kids love it,” Blair said. “They look forward to it all day. They kept asking, ‘Is it time for the Mother’s Day Mile?'”



For the second year, Sue Bardsley took home the fastest grandmom time with a mile mark of 7:38, and 76-year-old Carolyn Prinster earned her second straight fastest great-grandmom championship.

“I ran it last year and won it last year, so that made me want to come back,” said Prinster, the great grandmom of 12. “It’s wonderful, and today my daughter came from Idaho to be here with me, so that made it really special. It’s a wonderful race and a good cause.”

The race benefited the Advocate Safehouse Project, whose mission is to eliminate domestic and sexual violence.

Gus Lundin was the overall race winner, crossing the finish line after 4 minutes and 48 seconds. Lundin also won the race last year and set the course record with a time of 4:45. Local famed runner Bernie Boettcher came in second with a time of 5:10.

“It was nice. I couldn’t match Gus again today ” which is getting harder and harder to do,” said Boettcher, who is recovering from a hip injury.

But the best part for Boettcher was eating homemade pie, which was given to all participants, after the race.

“I love the pie. There are not many races were you get this much pie,” Boettcher said.

Children of all ages made up a large portion of the race’s entries, and many of them turned in impressive times. Ryan Buchanan, the little brother of Glenwood Springs High School track star Melissa Buchanan, was the fastest overall in the 14 and under wave.

“It’s only a mile, and that’s what I run in track,” said Buchanan, who runs the 800-meter and one-mile events for Glenwood Middle School’s track team. “I was kinda by myself. (Travis Whitman and Chris Ayala) were kind of behind me. It was fun. I do this every year.”

Jenna Brown won the female 9-10 age division, and Keegan Swirbul raced to the men’s title in the same category. Ethan Pence was the fastest under 8 male, and Hailey Swirbul was the quickest female under 8. Taking the men’s and women’s 11-14 titles were Buchanan and Jacqueline Larouche, respectively. Rifle High senior Lindsey McCue-Locke was the fastest female in the 15-19 category, and Tory Garling won the same title in the men’s division.

Most of the young children who raced ran the mile course twice, once timed and once with their families. Six-year-old Levi Roeser was one of those, and he turned in a 9:11 for a third-place spot in the 8 and under division on his first attempt.

“It was fun. I got tired,” Roeser said while enjoying his caramel apple lollipop he received after the race. “There was of lots more people who were faster than me, but I still won.”

Victoria Diguglielmo, Candy Granger-Underhill, Heidi Vosbeck, Joyce Rankin, Karen Ohlrich and Prinster all finished first in their respective age categories.

Jason Kruger, Matt Johnson, Boettcher, Bob Willey, Warren Ohlrich and Edgar Burkland all turned in division-winning performances in men’s categories.


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