Hogback Hustle winner finds right Cadence
NEW CASTLE – When Melissa Gilberti turned down Main Street in New Castle, she wasn’t sure how far it was to the finish line.
The Glenwood Springs resident feared the finish was near where the Hogback Hustle 5-kilometer run started. She was pleasantly surprised when the finish area popped into view just a few blocks down Main.”I’m more of a 10K and marathoner,” Gilberti said. “So this really hurt.”It couldn’t have hurt too badly. Gilberti posted the fastest women’s time in the two-year history of the Hustle and took third overall with a time of 20 minutes, 20 seconds Saturday.
Pat Cade, who ran at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., claimed the overall crown with a time of 19:21.Although Gilberti was feeling the burn down the home stretch, both the men’s and women’s winners agreed that the first leg of the race was the killer.”That whole first mile was uphill,” Gilberti said. “If it weren’t for the boys breathing down my back …”
“It was a monster first mile, but you get to fly the last two. It’s all downhill,” said Cade, who is spending the summer in Glenwood with his girlfriend Lindsey Chadwick, a graduate of Colorado Rocky Mountain School. Cade came to Glenwood because it seemed like an “adventure-type place” with plenty of activities for the outdoor enthusiast. The Hogback Hustle may not fall in the “adventure” category, but Cade seemed pretty happy with the event.”It’s just a great race,” he said. “I like the goodie bag, it’s well-run and it’s a good course.”
Cade took the lead in that first uphill mile and never looked back. Brian Magee took second overall in 19:56 and Mark Feinsinger was the third men’s division runner across the line in 20:36, for fourth overall.Last year’s winner and race organizer Eileen Wysocki took second in the women’s division with a time of 22:32, followed by Andrea Sprung in 22:55. For more results, see Scoreboard on page 11.
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