With temperatures hovering in the low to mid 40′s on Saturday morning, runners toed the line for Frosty’s Frozen 5 and 10 Miler. Playing host to Road Runners Club of America’s 5 mile championship race, runners were treated to a fast course that lead to some fast times, including course records in both the men and women’s race. Adam Rich took the win and course record in 25:37, with Kenneth Foster and Bobby Reyes coming in second and third in 26:14 and 27:17, respectively. In the women’s race, Rock N Roll Denver Marathon winner Heather Utrata finished first with a new course record of 30:17. Second belonged to Sarah Pizzo, who finished in 30:45, and finishing in a close third was Linnabah Snyder in 30:49.
While the clouds parted and the sun did start to shine at the start of the 10 Miler, the winds began to pick up on the course at Hudson Gardens. That didn’t stop men’s winner Jason Simpson to post what race director Derek Griffiths called a “stupid fast time” of 53:46. Coming in almost 5 minutes later was second place Andrew Knutsen in 58:02, with third place Dan Edstrom finishing in 59:14. The women’s race was closer than the men’s, with Bridget Tschappat taking the win in 1:07:32, and second and third place finishers Deborah Seaman-Gregory and Erin Cunningham finishing in 1:08:59 and 1:10:27, respectively. This year’s race drew record numbers, resulting in an excitingly fun and competitive second installment to Colorado Runner’s Winter Distance Series.