Runner does the Hustle for two in New Castle |

Runner does the Hustle for two in New Castle

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

NEW CASTLE, Colorado ” Stacy Pemberton wasn’t about to miss the Hogback Hustle.

Even if she was 34 weeks pregnant.

You read that right.

“It’s easier,” she joked to a friend after the race. “I’ve got four sets of legs.”

Remarkably, those four legs carried Pemberton to a second-place finish in the 30- to 39-year-old age division. She finished the 5-kilometer race in 31 minutes, 53 seconds.

“I’ve always been a runner,” she said. “This is a good community thing, a fun thing to run in.”

For the record, Pemberton’s expecting a baby boy. Will his race experience while still in the womb predispose the tyke ” already named Jack ” to a life of endurance sports?

Only time will tell.

“I figure I’ll have a little Lance Armstrong,” quipped Pemberton, who obviously hasn’t let pregnancy slow her down. She also participated in the July 4 Boogie’s Diner Buddy 5-mile race in Aspen, the mid-June Strawberry Shortcut in Glenwood Springs and February’s 24 Hours of Sunlight.

What Pemberton likes best is the lack of pressure while running pregnant.

“It’s great,” she explained. “When you’re pregnant, you don’t have to go fast.”

Pemberton’s wasn’t the only quirky storyline at Saturday’s Hogback Hustle.

While most everyone else sported conventional running attire ” namely, shorts ” one runner completed the foot race in blue jeans.

Yep, blue jeans.

Mike Romero said he just came out to walk the race with his wife and kids. That quickly changed.

“Got to three-quarters of a mile and felt good to run,” he said. “My competitive kids. They kind of pushed me.”

Romero’s time of 31:46 placed him above all family members except his son, David, who clocked in at 23:26.

Like Pemberton crediting her unborn child’s extra legs as helping her to a strong run, Romero asserts that his jeans actually delivered him an edge.

“I actually stay cooler,” he contended. “I don’t dehydrate as quick.”

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