Boettcher repeats at Canyon Shuffle |

Boettcher repeats at Canyon Shuffle

Post independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson Bernie Boettcher runs towards the finish line in No Name during the Canyon Shuffle's Half-Marathon Saturday morning. Boettcher took first place.

Bernie Boettcher’s toughest competition might have been himself Saturday in the Glenwood Canyon Shuffle Race for Literacy.The Silt resident broke his time from last year by about a minute in repeating as champion of the race. Boettcher ran a time of 1 hour, 14 minutes, 30 seconds Saturday in conditions less windy than in the 2003 race.

Janice Kreuz, a 57-year-old Cincinnati resident, was not only the top woman in the half-marathon, but the fifth-fastest overall finisher, at 1:33:42.Charlie Wertheim of Glenwood Springs sped through the 5-kilometer race in a winning time of 17:06, while Heidi Vosbeck of New Castle won the women’s 5K in 20:16, and took fourth overall.The Shuffle half-marathon starts at the east end of the canyon, and the 5K at Grizzly Creek. Both follow the bike path to a finish in No Name.

Erik Packard of Mesa took second in the men’s half-marathon, running a 1:16:23. Rick Carroll of Aspen was third, at 1:27:33. Eileen Wysocki of New Castle was second among women, at 1:40:42, and Mary Elizabeth Geiger of Glenwood third, at 1:40:47.In the 5K, Robert Hintermeister of Avon was second among men, at 18:50, and Nick Fickling of Avon third, at 19:18.Helen McQueeney was second in the women’s 5K, in 23:51, and Resa Hayes third, in 24:20.

Team Tri-Harders, composed of Glenwood runners Nancy Reinisch, Linda Austin-Martin and Kathy Kopf, took first in the half-marathon relay. The Tri-Iffics – Wendy Caldwell, Kelsie Hert and Judy Haynes – took second. Team Tri One – Caryn Hettler, Maureen Nuckols, Nancy Stevens and Jamie Darien – took third.A total of 117 runners competed in this year’s race, which benefits Literacy Outreach.The race was the finale in the Glenwood Charity Race Series, which also includes the Mother’s Day Mile, Strawberry Shortcut and Glenwood Two Rivers Run. Roughly 50 people completed three of the four races and seven competitors completed all four races of the Charity series.Results will appear in an upcoming edition of the Post Independent.

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