Teammates square off in Run For Their Lives 5K in Silt |

Teammates square off in Run For Their Lives 5K in Silt

Mike Vidakovich
Special to the Post Independent
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Sharon Yoast Special to the Post Independent

SILT, Colorado – Grand Valley High School track and cross country teammates Austin Germiller and Sam Whelan ran together the entire race, stride for stride, pushing each other to the finish line in Saturday’s Run For Their Lives 5K in Silt.

The two maintained a steady pace on the steep climb leading up to the Silt Mesa, in defiance of both Sir Isaac Newton and lactic acid, but it was Germiller who had a little more leg speed on the downhill closing stretch to edge Whelan by a scant five seconds.

Following the race, Germiller, who ran an impressive time of 18 minutes, 8 seconds, said the hills on the course, and his friend Whelan, were quite a duo to overcome.

“All those hills worked me out nicely. My calves hurt, but it was a pretty cool course,” said Germiller.

Whelan, who qualified for the 3A state track meet this spring in the two-mile event, ran an equally solid 18:13, and gave his impressions of the closing chase to the finish.

“I’m used to being a little behind him,” said Whelan. “Austin’s got a kick and some speed. He had it at the end.”

Third place overall went to Thomas Miner of Silt who wasn’t far behind the two youngsters, clocking an 18:22.

The women’s race was a case of total domination, as Cheryl Castle of Silt cruised to an easy victory with a time of 21:54. The closest female competitor was runner-up Katie Baugh, of Rifle, who came to the line at 29:06. Mary Quintana was third among the ladies at 29:13.

Castle, who specializes in triathlons, was glad to get out and support a good cause.

“It was tough, but fun out there,” said Castle, who will be competing in the Highline Hustle Triathlon next weekend in Fruita. “It’s good to do this stuff to help the animals.”

Helping the animals is what the Run For Their Lives 5K is all about. All proceeds from the event go to the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation in Silt, which helps to care for injured and orphaned wildlife.

Always enthusiastic, race director Sandy Burns was happy to see the turnout of 42 runners and walkers and was already making plans for next year’s event.

“The day was great. People came out to get some exercise and support the wildlife foundation,” said Burns.

Donations can be made to the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation at 5945 County Road 346, Silt, Colo., 81652. All donations go directly toward the food and animal care budgets at the foundation.

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