Boettcher wins fourth Shuffle half |

Boettcher wins fourth Shuffle half

Mike VidakovichGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

There is a cause for each race – to run. More importantly, there is a cause that motivates each runner to participate.Some will run to benefit a charity, others just want to get some exercise and catch up with old friends. There are also those who push the pace to see where the limits are.Stephen Triebel completed Saturday’s Glenwood Canyon Shuffle Half Marathon in a time of 1 hour, 41 minutes, and 22 seconds, a time which placed him eighth overall. It was a race which benefits the adult Literacy Outreach program in Garfield County.Almost three weeks ago, Triebel, a Glenwood resident, stood at the starting line of the Olathe (Kan.) Marathon on the anniversary of 9/11. It was in support of U.S. troops.”Some of the troops in Iraq also ran a marathon at the same time we did,” said Triebel. “We started at noon in Kansas, which was 9 p.m. over there.”Many who showed up on this blustery morning were thinking of – and talking about – local running icon Paul Driskill, who was severely injured last weekend when he was hit by a car while out on his early morning run. Several runners had cards, which were donated by the Print Works, pinned to their attire that read “This Run’s For Paul.”So many good causes, so many people willing to help out.

Bernie Boettcher’s cause seems to be running much faster than the rest of the folks who show up at races, and he did just that again by winning the half marathon in 1:19:30. It was the fourth time Silt’s Boettcher has done the race, and the fourth time he’s ended up in the winner’s circle.Jerry Howell ran second to Boettcher with a time of 1:25:37. The third place finisher was Craig Burger in 1:30:52.Glenwood’s Candy Underhill had a very comfortable margin of victory in the women’s race. Underhill’s time of 1:36:55 placed her well ahead of runner-up Colleen Delia, who came to the finish line at 1:48:11.”I’m really happy to win it,” said Underhill. “The first half felt good, the second half was really windy. I just hung in there.”Jennifer Zanella and her time of 1:52:13 rounded out the top three women.In the 5K version of the Shuffle, Charlie Wertheim of Glenwood ran a very fast 18:02 into the wind, which helped him outdistance Matt Johnson for the title. Wertheim was very much to the point and matter of fact when asked how the race went.”It hurt,” said the smiling champion.Johnson ran 18:45, and Avon resident Bob Hintermeister clocked a third-place 19:03.Lynda Andros topped the women’s field with a time of 20:43. Andros, who was coming off a stellar 19-minute clocking in the Fall Color Run 5K in Buena Vista two weeks ago, said the headwind on the course made things a little tricky.

“Some of those corners you come around and it felt like you might get blown into the river,” said the Edwards resident.Mary Geiger came in second at 23:02, and Jeanne Blatter was right behind at 23:28.Both races combined drew 150 runners, and thanks to race director Dennis Webb, there were plenty of awards and raffle prizes to go around.The Shuffle races concluded the Glenwood Charity Race Series for 2007, with thousands of dollars having been raised for local – yes – causes.

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