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Sedbrook, Swanson win at Hogback Hustle

Jon Mitchell
jmitchell@postindependent.com

HOGBACK HUSTLE 5K

Here are the results from the annual Hogback Hustle 5K, which took place Saturday, July 11 in New Castle, Colorado.

Top 25

1. Cody Sedbrook, 16:40.01; 2. Josh Hejtmanek, 17:35.02; 3. Michael Palmgren, 18:25.02; 4. Gavin Harden, 19:27.98; 5. Garrett Like, 19:54.28; 6. Reid Swanson, 20:00.39; *7. Anne Swanson, 21:18.91; 8. Bob Byram, 21:46.66; 9. Alex Tapia, 22.08.44; *10. Ivanna Wynn, 22.19.74.

11. Bob Dubois, 22:39.41; 12. Brad Palmer, 22:44.25; *13. Amanda Wenzel, 22:46.59; *14. Cherilyn Sackal, 22:55.43; 15. Jon Penn, 23:10.00; *16. Andrea Arnhold, 23:17.53; 17. Phil Samora, 23:23.99; 18. Johnny Utah, 23:40.00; *19. Ashley Bowles, 23:44.59; *20. Jennifer Schaiderger, 23:44.95.

21. Benny Swanson, 24:02.28; *22. Maggie Romanee, 24:10.15; *23. Stephanie Barnett, 24:24.90; 24. Rick Wernsmann, 24:37.60; 25. Greg Feinsinger, 25:03.57.

* — Denotes female.

NEW CASTLE — Anne Swanson had never won a 5K race prior to Saturday, and she fought off a challenge from a runner whose name suggests she couldn’t have been satisfied with second.

Swanson was the top female finisher in the annual Hogback Hustle 5K, crossing the finish line in 21 minutes, 18.91 seconds to finish seventh overall in the 103-runner field. She outpaced 19-year-old Ivanna Wynn of Aspen — she said that’s her real name — who finished almost exactly one minute behind in second place in 22:19.74.

“I run a lot more in the summer time than I do in the winter,” said Swanson, a math teacher at Glenwood Springs High School.

That definitely showed during Saturday’s race, which has a somewhat-extreme hill climb for the first one-third of the race headed up Castle Valley Boulevard before runners face a steady downhill slope for the final two-plus miles. Swanson, who said she runs upwards of four to nine miles daily during the summer, wasn’t at all intimidated by the opening incline of the course.

“Eh, I didn’t feel it was that horrible,” said the 42-year-old Swanson, whose viewpoint differed from others who also ran the race. “We live in Highland Park [on the west side of Glenwood], and there’s a big hill that comes at the end of my run every day. This wasn’t anything huge.”

The run was also a family affair for Swanson. Her 8-year-old son, Benny, finished 21st in 24.02.28 while her 11-year-old son, Reid, beat his mom and finished sixth overall in 20:00.39.

The 19-year-old Wynn, a 2014 Aspen High School graduate, wasn’t too bummed that she didn’t win. If anything, Saturday’s race for Wynn was a win-win.

“Everyone wants to win,” the second-place finisher said. “This was just for fun.”

Wynn didn’t come away from the race without a win, as her final time earned her an easy first in the 15- to 19-year-old age group. Wynn is an experienced 5K runner, too, managing a fourth-place finish in The Resolve 5K at Denver City Park in January 2013.

Winning the overall title was Cody Sedbrook, a 19-year-old sophomore-to-be at predominately Division II Minnesota-Duluth who is spending the summer working for his uncle in Glenwood. He won the race in 16:40.01, and his win followed his win earlier this month in the FireKracker 4K on July 4.

His win on Saturday, coupled with the training he’s doing in the area, is something he hopes will lead to some cross country wins in the fall.

“Over in Minnesota, most of the running courses are hot and hilly,” Sedbrook said. “Things like this with a steady climb will really help me.”

New Castle’s Josh Hejtmanek finished second in 17:35.02 — his second consecutive second-place finish in his hometown race.

The race was the fifth installment of the Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series, with proceeds from Saturday’s event benefiting the New Castle Lions Club. It also had a more-than-respectable slate of door prizes after the race that ranged from restaurant vouchers to tickets to the Denver Zoo to lift tickets at either Ajax, Buttermilk or Aspen Highlands ski resorts.

The sixth and final installment of the series takes place Aug. 2 with the Cheatin’ Woodchuck Chase, a predominately downhill 5K that takes place in Rifle Mountain Park.


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