Local runner earns national honor, again
Post Independent Staff
Bernie Boettcher has run his way to national recognition for a second time.
The Silt resident was named as the 2005 United States Track and Field Association’s Masters Mountain Runner of the Year at a special celebration of Colorado-resident award winners Sunday in Boulder.
Boettcher, 43, received the same award in 2003.
In the qualifying period of Nov. 1, 2004, through Oct. 31, 2005, Boettcher won 30 of the 61 races he competed in. Projecting those same race times in the Masters division (age 40-44), Boettcher was the top Masters runner in 50 of the same 61 events.
Three other Coloradans were also honored as 2005 USATF Mountain Runners of the Year in their respective divisions. Simon Gutierrez of Alamosa and Del Norte resident, Laura Haefeli were men’s and women’s winners.
Lisa Goldsmith, 41, from Nederland was the Masters Women’s top runner.
Highlights in that time frame include Boettcher’s earning the second overall Masters runner time at the USATF National 10K Trail Championships in July. In September, he was also the top American at the Masters World Mountain Running Championships in September.
In that race, held in Keswick, England, Boettcher finished 20th overall in his age group and was 26th overall in the world for 2005 against all Masters.
Back in April, on U.S. soil, Boettcher won the Colorado USATF Open and Masters Trail Championship.
On the trail series, Boettcher is sponsored by the Beaver Creek Resort, Team 180s, LaSportiva/GoLite and Atlas.
From 2003 through October, 2005, he has posted three open and masters trail-race record marks, won 77 of 159 events outright with 134 Masters division victories.
When winter hits, Boettcher has shown equal prowess on snowshoes.
Last weekend at the annual Day of Infamy Race, held on the cross country trails at Sunlight Mountain Resort, Boettcher recorded the fastest time of all runners.
Clocking in at 44 minutes, 38 seconds, Boettcher out-raced overall runner-up MIke McCoy by 61⁄2 minutes.
His victory was sweetened when girlfriend Jeanne Blatter buzzed in with the women’s best mark.
Last winter Boettcher placed third at the North American Showshoe championship and had the fastest time among Masters division racers.
During off-moments from training and racing, Boettcher is a regular columnist for Trail Runner magazine and an accomplished artist in the fields of media, sculpture and oil painting.
He also designs T-shirts for the Teva Vail Mountain Trail Running series.
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