Wertheim, Lund 1-2 at Cheatin’ Woodchuck Chase in Rifle
RIFLE MOUNTAIN PARK, Colorado – As Charlie Wertheim charged his way through the last half mile of Saturday’s five-mile Cheatin’ Woodchuck Chase foot race, Megan Lund lurked close behind, trying to pick up ground.She didn’t quite catch him, but her late push was enough to land her second place overall on the Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series’ stop at Rifle Mountain Park, a world-class rock climbing destination featuring majestic limestone canyon faces.The jaw-dropping scenery didn’t slow either Wertheim, a copy editor at the Post Independent, or Lund, who clocked in at 28 minutes, 7 seconds and 28:17, respectively. Knowing Wertheim’s endur-ance-sport prowess – he had won the CRVCRS’s previous event, the July 12 Hogback Hustle, and is a fixture of the local racing scene – Lund was somewhat surprised to be stalking him so late in the race.”He wasn’t gaining any distance through mile three,” said the 24-year-old Basalt resident. “I was just trying to stick with him and I kept making up ground on him. Then, toward the end, I was like, ‘Oh.'”
Lund, who’s sponsored by Adidas and Boulder Running Co., is using local races to train for a pair of big, national-level races coming up in the fall. She’s going to run the Sept. 1 USA 20K Championship in New Haven, Conn., and the Oct. 13 USA 10K Championship in Boston.Longer term, she hopes to make the 2012 U.S. Olympic marathon team.”I think my coach has a pretty good long-term plan in mind,” Lund said. “I’ll keep working toward the next thing, and keep having fun, too.”Great 8-year-oldsMathew Thrun and Trevor Stroud, both 8 years old, had quite the battle brewing in the 2.3 mile version of the Cheatin’ Woodchuck Chase.
The young runners pushed each other through to the finish of the race, with Thrun’s time of 18:21 edging out Stroud by a second. The pair finished 1-2 in the 14-and-under age division by keeping quite the pace.”He passed me a couple times,” Thrun said of Stroud.Both have running-oriented families that introduced them to the racing world.Stroud, from Carbondale, said he usually rides his bike while his dad, John, editor in chief of The Valley Journal, goes out for training runs. Whenever there’s a race, though, Trevor’s happy to lace up his running shoes and hit the course.With such an early start in the sport, expect to hear plenty about Thrun and Stroud in the future.
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