Reichley repeats at Half Marathon
BASALT – Thaddeus Reichley is two-for-two at the Basalt Half Marathon.
The Aspen resident, who won the 13.1-mile race last year shortly after moving to the area, took top honors again Saturday in the 27th year of the event.
Reichley posted a time of 1 hour, 13 minutes, 51 seconds on the course that descends roughly 1,000 vertical feet from below Reudi Dam to Arbaney Park on Frying Pan Road.
His time was 53 seconds slower than his winning time in 2002, but, unlike last year when he won by almost six minutes, second-place finisher Brusier Gailey was less than two minutes off Reichley’s pace.
Gailey finished in 1:15:48, followed by 57-year-old Dwight Cornwell (1:18:27), Erik Packard (1:19:04) and John Stroud (1:21:03) for the men’s top five.
On the women’s side, Boulder’s Heather Hunt posted the top mark, finishing fifth overall in 1:19:17.
Former Roaring Fork High School star and current Williams College (Mass.) standout Caroline Cretti was second (sixth overall) at 1:20:23. Hunt and Cretti ran together for much of the race, before Hunt pulled away late.
Mary Cote placed third on the women’s side at 1:24:24, followed by Julia Besen (1:26:11) and last year’s women’s champ Lisa Gonzales-Gile (1:26:26).
The cool conditions provided ideal running conditions and brought out more competitors than last year’s run in which competitors had to deal with haze from area forest fires along with the course. According to race organizer Ron Lund, 115 runners finished the race, compared to 87 last year.
“We had some clouds early, which really helped,” Lund said. “We had a good field and the race went off without a hitch.”
Here are the top five finishers in the men’s and women’s divisions from Saturday’s Basalt Half Marathon:
1, Thaddeus Reichley, 1:13:51. 2, Brusier Gailey, 1:15:48. 3, Dwight Cornwell, 1:18:27. 4, Erik Packard, 1:19:04. 5, John Stroud 1:21:03.
1, Heather Hunt, 1:19:17. 2, Caroline Cretti 1:20:23. 3, Mary Cote, 1:24:24. 4, Julia Besen, 1:26:11. 5, Lisa Gonzales-Gile, 1:26:26.
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