Kid Curry Scurry a ‘distinguished’ race |

Kid Curry Scurry a ‘distinguished’ race

Mike VidakovichGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

BATTLEMENT MESA The casual observer at a running race could probably relate to what Ray Bradbury stated in his book Fahrenheit 451 that people are most often like torches, blazing away until they eventually whiff out at the end.There was no whiffing out on this day for Carbondales Brad Palmer.Palmer set a steady early pace on the hilly course, and kicked hard to the finish line to win Saturdays Kid Curry Scurry 5k run with a time of 21 minutes, 11 seconds.The resilient winner almost missed the post-race awards ceremony as he went out and ran the 3.1-mile course again to get in more mileage.I enjoyed it more the second time around, Palmer said.It was also a day for the distinguished crowd of runners as Glenwoods Bob Willey noticed upon completion of the race.Four of the top five runners are over 50, said a grinning Willey, who at age 59 placed fourth overall at 23:40.Rifles Ken Skelly, also in the 50-59 grouping, got back to the finish line at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center with a stellar 22:35, which placed him third overall.Silts Jeanne Blatter looked strong throughout, and recorded her second race win of the summer with a 24:29 clocking on the scenic out-and-back course.Blatter also was impressed with how dominant her age group was in the run.The course was beautiful, and I agree with what Willey said about the finish results, stated Blatter, who will jump right back into the racing fray at todays Evergold Trail 10K in Vail.Hogback Hustle race director Eileen Wysocki of New Castle placed second in the ladies division with a time of 25:19. Sharie Prow rounded out the top three by coming in at 25:59.The Kid Curry Scurry, which is the third in the four-race Colorado River Valley Charity Series, will be back next year, and hopefully better than ever, according to race director Anne Huber.We did this race on our own for a few years, said Huber. Its much better now being a part of the series. There seems to be more interest.Huber also acknowledged the help of Fran Storm, who is the events coordinator at the activity center, as well as Chris Daler, Brian Vachus and Wayne Edgeton, who all contributed countless hours to the cause.Rifles Grand River Gallop 5K run is the last stop on the race series tour. Its slated for Saturday, Oct. 13. All age group series winners will be announced at the awards ceremony following the Gallop.

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