Christmas, giving spirit on the run in Carbondale Sunday
Jingle Bell Run 5K
Sunday, Dec. 22, in Carbondale.
Overall winner; Josh Hejtmanek (New Castle). Top female: Chiara Del Piccolo (Basalt)
Top 30 Overall.
1. Josh Hejtmanek, 17:47; 2. Kellen Fockler, 18:16; 3. Zach Walsh, 18:26; 4. Andrew Mansfield, 19:07; 5. Mike Schneiter, 19:35; 6. Greg Rhodes, 19:49; 7. Enrique Pulmares, 19:51; 8. Wyatt Till, 20:01; 9. Chiara Del Piccolo*, 20:06; 10. Brad Snyder, 21:43; 11. Bryce Risner, 21:52; 12. Beth Broome*, 21:57; 13. Erick Westerman, 21:58; 14. Emily Mathis*, 22:14; 15. Matt Hayne, 22:15; 16. Warren Knutson, 22:31; 17. Brad Palmer, 22:34; 18. John Sengelman, 22:55; 19. Johnny Utah, 23:01; 20. John Hoones, 23:05; 21. Annie Murphy*, 23:06; 22. Laurie Stone*, 23:11; 23. Abbey Walters*, 23:15; 24. Melody Lemke*, 23:32; 25. Dan Smith, 23:35; 26. Phil Samora, 23:36; 27. Brian Heeny, 23:39; 28. Madi Spence*, 23:40; 29. Joy Schneiter*, 23:54; 30. Scott Nykerk, 23:56.
* — Denotes female.
CARBONDALE — Josh Hejtmanek of New Castle finished as the overall winner and Chiara Del Piccolo won honors as the top female during the annual Jingle Bell Run 5K on Sunday.
Hejtmanek finished the 5-kilometer course in 17 minutes, 47 seconds, easily beating the second-place finisher, Kellen Fockler of Glenwood Springs. Fockler, who runs on the cross country team for Metro State in Denver, finished the race in 18:16.
Del Piccolo, who hails from Basalt, finished as the top female in 20:06. Her finish netted her ninth place overall.
Coming in second in the women’s race was Beth Broome, who crossed the finish line in 21:57.
The annual race served as a benefit for the Glenwood Springs High School track and field program and was organized and run by Independence Run and Hike in Carbondale. More than 100 runners — 102, to be exact — took part in the 3.1-mile race.
The race, which had many people donning holiday garb resembling Santa hats and elf tights, followed a loop that took runners through downtown Carbondale, onto the ridge overlooking Roaring Fork High School, and back again.
The race also included an old-shoe donation, with generous runners getting a burrito and either a hot chocolate or coffee in exchange for their old foot coverings.
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Born in New Castle, Alice McKennis Duran learned to ski at 2 at Sunlight Mountain with her father and older sister, Kendra. She also had a brief stint training with the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club prior to joining the national team.