Tiernan, Lund win Basalt Half Marathon
Basalt – Skeptics might say that those who run long distances are lacking in reason, but the reason was crystal clear for Aspen’s Zeke Tiernan in Saturday’s 13.1-mile Basalt Half Marathon – to run fast and enjoy the scenery along the way.Tiernan’s time of 1 hour 14 minutes and 30 seconds was plenty fast and gave him a considerable amount of breathing room over second place finisher Steve Cathcart of Fort Collins, who crossed the downtown finish line in 1:17:38.For Tiernan, who is one of the more accomplished runners in the valley, the stellar time was a bit unexpected.”This is the first time I’ve done this race, and I’m surprised at how fast my time was,” said Tiernan, who is a middle school history teacher at Aspen Country Day. “It’s a great course and it was fun, but it’s never easy.”
Casey Weaver came across the tape looking strong and recorded a time of 1:21:21 to fill out the top men’s trio.On the other half of the ledger, the phrase “Ladies Day,” rather than Basalt’s celebratory theme of “River Days,” could have been used to describe the women’s race, as six of the top 15 overall finishers were females.Basalt’s Megan Lund, who recently graduated from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, paved the way down the hill from Ruedi Dam with a time of 1:19:47.Lund, who specializes in shorter distances, couldn’t resist the temptation to run since her father (Ron) serves as the race director.”This is my first ever half marathon,” said Lund, who runs for Team Adidas based at the Boulder Running Co. “I’ve always helped my dad with this race. I used to volunteer at some of the aid stations along the course.”
There was a spirited shootout for second place as Basalt’s Mary Coté got the better of Glenwood’s Jenny Barsness by a scant 17 seconds.Following the race, the pair both marveled at the talent of their young counterpart Lund.”When Megan’s in the race, I just have to run my own race. She’s an incredible runner,” said Coté, who timed in at 1:26:14. “She’s been winning everything this summer.”Barsness, who recorded a finishing time of 1:26:31, echoed the same sentiments, “It’s fun to see someone so strong,” she said.With overcast skies and cool temperatures, race director Ron Lund, who ran the half marathon as well, couldn’t have special-ordered a better morning for the 87 runners who took part in the annual event.There truly is no rest for the weary, though, as Lund will now begin to prepare for this coming Saturday’s Longhorn Stampede 5k Run, which he also directs.The race starts at 8:30am at Basalt High School and is a benefit for the school’s cross country team.For age group results, see Scoreboard at left.
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