More than 200 runners tangled with the steep slopes in Cheyenne Cañon on Saturday in the inaugural Big Mountain Trail Run, produced and hosted by the Big Mountain Adventure Racing crew.
The event included distances of 5K, 10K and a half marathon. Here's a quick breakdown on each race:
The Boulder Running Company's Greg Reindl, 27, of Denver, charged to the win in in the half marathon. Reindl chased Tommy Manning, 36, for the first five miles as the course criss-crossed up the Cañon, then made his move on a descent of High Drive.
"I just used my long strides to get by him," Reindl said. "On the trails I'm better on the downhills than I am going up."
Reindl, who said he prefers road racing (5K and 10K) to trails, finished in 1 hour, 22 minutes, 52 seconds. The Colorado Running Company/Inov-8 duo of Manning and Peter Maksimow, 33, ran home in second and third places respectively. Manny posted a 1:24:19 with Maksmow crossing the line 1:25:28.
In the women's race. Amy Friedman, 36, took her second victory on the trails in as many weeks. She won Saturday's half marathon in 1:38:30, with Kelli Lusk, 42, clocking 1:46:46 for second place. Katie Katalan, 42, finished third in 2:03:38. Friedman, who teaches overseas, claimed the XTERRA 24K title at Cheyenne Mountain State Park last week.
Kevin Morgan, 24, of Colorado Springs, and Barb Erxleben, 42, of Dubuque, Iowa, won 10K titles. Morgan, who runs for the Boulder Running Company, covered the course in 39 minutes, 47 seconds. Erxleben finished in 51:05.
Shannon McGuire, 37, of Colorado Springs, clocked 56:31 and was second in the women's race. Reilly Desantis, 29, of Breckenridge, was third in 57:33.
Kevin Miller, 41, of Woodland Park, was second in the men's race with a 48:08, followed by Chris Lee, 37, of Colorado Springs.
Kristin Kulver, 23, of Colorado Springs, won the women's 5K in 32:51. Andrea Vinson (32, Colorado Springs) finished second in 33:27, followed by Leah Johnson (32, Colorado Springs) in 33:39.
Tyler King, 27, of Colorado Springs, won the men's race in 25:49. Kyle Kirby, 21 of Spokane, Wash., was second in 26:13, followed by Rick Buckley (40, Colorado Springs) in 26:23.
For more info on Big Mountain Adventure Racing check out: http://www.pikespeaksports.us/group/adventure or http://www.bigmountainar.com/