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Williams, Swanson top runners in New Castle’s Hogback Hustle 5K on Saturday

Mike Vidakovich
Special to the Post Independent
Runners take off at the start of the annual Hogback Hustle 5K in New Castle on Saturday morning.
photo courtesy Kelley Cox/New Castle Recreation Department

The annual Hogback Hustle 5K Run hit the streets of New Castle on Saturday morning, with 44 runners and walkers participating amid overcast skies and cool temperatures.

With the race date moved up from its usual early July slot, the traditional course remained the same as runners started near the New Castle City Market and made the long uphill trek to Castle Valley, then back downhill to a finish at Burning Mountain Park on Main Street.

Ezra Williams claimed the overall race title with a time of 21 minutes, 17 seconds. Glenwood Springs High School math teacher Anne Swanson took the women’s crown and was second place overall in 24:11. Nick Croissant placed third, coming to the finish line in 24:19.

A couple of standouts in the over 60 age category, Bob Dubois of New Castle and Brad Palmer of Carbondale, were next in line overall with times of 24:45 and 25:42. New Castle’s Angela Dunn was sixth overall and second among the ladies at 25:47, with Kevin Parker of Riverside Middle School right behind at 26:10.

Rounding out the top-10 finishers were Owen Evans (26:11), Johnny Utah (26:15) and Amanda Welk (26:36).

The race served as a benefit for the New Castle Recreation Department.

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