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Dashing through the snow at the Jingle Bell 5K

Mike Vidakovich

Jingle Bell 5K Run

Top Twenty-Five Overall Runners. *Denotes female. 1. Casey Weaver, 17 minutes, 46 seconds; 2. Josh Hejtmanek, 19:36; 3. Gavin Harden, 19:43; 4. Henry Barth, 19:44; 5. Jeason Murphy, 20:42; 6. Jeff Stephens, 22:23; 7. Jen Burn*, 22:27; 8. Erik Nelson, 22:35; 9. Mark Feinsinger, 22:56; 10. Ron Lund, 23:01; 11. Eric Westerman, 23:13; 12. Morgan Neely, 23:39; 13. Gilles Cote, 24:08; 14. Bryce Risner, 24:10; 15. Heidi Vosbeck*, 24:18; 16. Brad Palmer, 24:19; 17. Andie Baver*, 24:20; 18. Annie Murphy*, 24:33; 19. Britton DeFord*, 25:04; 20. Johnny Utah, 25:07; 21. Mary Cote*, 25:21; 22. Michelle Smith*, 25:36; 23. Charlie Marley, 25:42; 24. Laurie Guevarra-Stone*, 25:48; 25. Ian Westerman, 27:30.

The temperature wasn’t anything near balmy at Sunday morning’s Jingle Bell 5K, but the 79 hearty spirits who showed up to run and walk in the eighth annual 3.1 mile trek through the icy streets of Carbondale, all had a warm, holiday glow about them that could only mean that Christmas Day, and Santa, are on the way.

“We had more people dressed up in holiday attire this year than any others,” said race director Brion After. “Everyone seemed to be in good spirits despite the icy streets. It’s all about having fun today.”

Navigating the slippery town streets and getting back to the finish line in remarkably quick fashion was Casey Weaver of Carbondale with a very impressive time of 17 minutes, 46 seconds. Weaver, who also captured the race victory at Glenwood’s Turkey Day 5K on Thanksgiving, put quite a distance between himself and second place finisher Josh Hejtmanek of New Castle, who came to the finish line on the snow packed Rio Grande Trail at 19:36. Two Glenwood Springs High School cross country runners, Gavin Harden and Henry Barth, staged a final sprint to the end as Harden got the best of his teammate by one tick on the second clock. Neither of the talented young men seemed fazed by the sometimes treacherous footing on the race course.

“It wasn’t that bad out there,” stated Barth, with a shrug of his shoulders. “I managed to stay on my feet.”

Harden had much the same reaction as his running buddy. “It was fun. The ice didn’t bother me much.”

Carbondale’s Jen Burn topped the ladies division with a time of 22:57, placing her seventh overall in the event. Glenwood’s Heidi Vosbeck was second at 24:18.

The ugly sweater contest, which is a yearly tradition at the Jingle Bell 5K, was won by Kelly Cave of Glenwood. Cave’s unique, mostly blue garment was given to her by her 97-year-old grandmother, and it depicts the twelve days of Christmas.

Proceeds from this year’s Jingle Bell 5K will be donated to the track and field program at Glenwood Springs High School.

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