Swansons shine at final Sequoia Glen 5K race in West Glenwood
Special to the Post Independent
Sequoia glen 5K results
Top 20 overall finishers (*denotes female): 1. Reid Swanson, 21 minutes 38 seconds; 2. Benny Swanson, 22:15; 3. Josh Hejtmanek, 23:15; 4. Eddie Murray, 25:13; 5. Bryce Risner, 25:19; 6. Anne Swanson*, 26:27; 7. Warren Swanson 27:54; 8. Russel Bollig, 28:31; 9. Johnny Utah, 28:55; 10. John Stroud, 29:04; 11. Brad Palmer, 29:16; 12. Justin Baum, 32:43; 13. Judy Jetson*, 33:02; 14. Phil Samora, 33:49; 15. Charlie Marley, 34:02; 16. Tianna White*, 35:09; 17. Allen Filson, 35:54; 18. Unknown, 36:02; 19. Boone Mortensen, 36:28; 20. Joe Mollica, 37:20.
A sunny Halloween Saturday afternoon welcomed 34 runners and walkers to the 21st annual Kenny Cline Memorial Sequoia Glen 5K+ run in West Glenwood Springs. The race, which was run for the last time on scenic Mitchell Creek Road to a point above the Glenwood Fish Hatchery, raised $760 for local animal shelters.
Multi-sport athlete Reid Swanson, a junior at Glenwood Springs High School, outraced his younger brother Benny to the finish line to claim the overall race title in 21 minutes, 38 seconds on the challenging course.
“My legs can really feel those hills right now,” said Swanson following the completion of the run. “Doing cross country this fall helped to keep me in shape. This is probably the last time I will be able to beat my brother.”
Benny Swanson, an eighth grader at the Glenwood Middle School who claimed the Colorado class 4A/5A middle school state cross country championship last weekend in Denver, was timed in 22:15. When told that Reid had commented that it may have been the last time he could defeat his younger brother in a footrace, Benny confidently responded, “He’s probably right.”
Glenwood’s Josh Hejtmanek, a former Sequoia Glen champion, came in third overall at 23:15. Eddie Murray (25:13) and Bryce Risner (25:19) rounded out the top five places.
Anne Swanson, mom to the top two finishers, was crowned the women’s winner with a time of 26:27. Swanson’s run placed her sixth overall, edging out her husband, Warren, who finished in seventh place at 27:54. “Judy Jetson,” who has been positively identified by many in Glenwood as Nancy Risner, was second for the ladies in 33:02. Tianna White rounded out the women’s top three with a time of 35:09.
Donations from all race proceeds were sent to: Colorado Animal Rescue (Glenwood), Rifle Animal Shelter, Lucky Day Animal Rescue (Aspen), Valley Dog Rescue (Carbondale), and the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation (Silt).
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