Record numbers at Hogback Hustle |

Record numbers at Hogback Hustle

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

NEW CASTLE – Running the Hogback Hustle 5K once just wasn’t enough for Ron and Megan Lund. So the father-daughter duo did it again, backtracking the course as a cool-down lap.It’s nothing unusual for the Basalt running family, who compete in many of the valley’s races.The pair proved their conditioning, as Megan took second overall and finished as the first female with an 18-minute, 42-second mark, and Ron finished third overall with a time of 19:02 in Saturday’s fourth annual race.”It’s a lot better the way we raced it,” Ron said about the course, which features a steep but shorter incline at the start in the City Market parking lot followed by a longer downhill stretch into Burning Mountain Park.

It was the first Hogback Hustle for Megan, who ran cross country for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs from 2002-05. She admitted it was more than just the race that drew her to participate.”It was fun. It was a good race,” said Megan, who moved back to the Roaring Fork Valley three weeks ago. “I heard they had a good breakfast.”The Hogback Hustle benefited Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers and Boy Scout Troop 221, who cooked breakfast for the participants.Basalt High School soon-to-be senior Brennan Roper took overall honors at the race, crossing the finish line with a time of 18:37. Roper said he has raced in a few community races in his career including this year’s Strawberry Shortcut in Glenwood, but the Hustle was his first win.

Roper also said he was turned on to running by Ron Lund, the third-year cross country coach at Basalt.”I was a soccer player at first, but the coach saw me running and asked me to join the team,” he said.Roper listened to fast music like rap and techno to keep him going in the race.”I listen to anything fast that keeps my feet moving, he said.”A record-high 153 runners and walkers of all ages turned out for the event, which is the first race in the inaugural Colorado River Valley Running Series. The other three races include: Cheatin’ Woodchuck Chase in Rifle State Park on Aug. 4, the Kid Curry Scurry in Battlement Mesa on Sept. 8 and the Grand River Gallop in Rifle on Oct. 13. The previous attendance record for the Hustle was 117.

“I can’t believe the turnout,” said Eileen Wysocki, the race organizer, who also took part in the race. “I am blown away.”See the scoreboard on page 11 for the top 25 overall finishers and top three in each gender-specific age division.

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