Son, father take first, second in Carbondale race |

Son, father take first, second in Carbondale race

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Jordan Chavez started outrunning his dad, Rick, about three years ago.

“It was probably the Strawberry Shortcut or Turkey Day 5K two or three years ago,” Rick, a 1980 Glenwood Springs graduate, recalled.

The two have been running together since Jordan, who’s about to enter his freshman year at Southlake Carrol High School in Southlake, Texas (a suburb of Dallas), was just a tyke.

On Saturday, the pair finished 1-2 overall in the fourth annual Lobster Crawl 5-kilometer foot race in Carbondale.

And, true to the pattern that’s been forming in recent years, it was Jordan grabbing the top spot, clocking a time of 18 minutes, 13 seconds. Rick trotted across the line more than a minute later, timing in at 19:45, and Johnny Utah, aka Mike Vidakovich, was third (21:09).

“He used to beat me all the time,” Jordan said. “The past couple races, I’ve caught him.”

The younger Chavez, who plans on running high school track and cross country down in Texas once his family wraps its annual summer stay in Glenwood Springs, has always gravitated toward running.

“Oh yeah,” said Rick, whose job in the oil industry keeps his family moving frequently. “We were living in Memphis and I was running and he was just a little kid. One day he said, ‘I want to do a 5K with ya,’ and he did. He was probably 6.”

They’ve been running together ever since.

Said Jordan: “I’ve pretty much been running with my dad all my life.”

While the Chavezes were big winners in the men’s race, it was Snowmass’ Kaia Knutson taking the women’s 5K race with a time of 24:57 on a course that started at the Carbondale Community Center and routed runners out along the Rio Grande Trail and back.

Diana Lane was second (25:12) and Krista Lasko third (26:10).

Knutson, only a few years removed from a collegiate track and soccer career at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, likes to run races locally when she can. She was a long jumper and hurdler in college, so the distance events are still a little new to her.

Knutson loves races, mostly because they provide a change of pace from her normal routine.

“It’s just great to break up the routine,” she said. “I try to find one every week.”

Carbondale’s Kallie Carpenter calls her 3-year-old and 9-month-old kids her “physical trainers.”

That’s because Carpenter, a triathlete, can often be spotted around town pushing their strollers during training runs.

“I feel like a rock star when I don’t have them,” she joked.

At Saturday’s Lobster Crawl 10K, Carpenter looked the part, blitzing the field with a time of 41:41. Kersten Wilson was second (46:38).

Winning the men’s version of the race was high school junior-to-be Matthew Xuereb, an Arizonan who’s in the midst of a nearly four-week Colorado summer vacation.

Xuereb attends Brophy Prep in Phoenix and also plans on running the Boogie’s Diner 5 mile race in Aspen on July 4. He’s already been in Colorado for two weeks ” squeezing in runs every day ” and has relished the chance to train at altitude.

“It makes a big difference,” he said.

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