Golden Gate Canyon Trail 1/2-Marathon
Golden Gate Canyon State Park, CO
Sunday, September 20th, 2009
Fall was in the air for the 6th Golden Gate Canyon Trail Run. Storm clouds were starting to build over the divide, a brisk wind was blowing, and the leaves were turning. The storms stayed away during the day, and the runners were in the trees and protected from the wind most of the way.
Bill Fanselow and Andy Ames broke away and ran together for the first 6 miles or so, passing through the Frazer Meadow aid station (2.5mi) in ~19 min, and the Gap Rd Crossing aid station (5.5mi) in ~42 min. Bill started to pull away, opening up a 15 sec lead by Bootleg Bottom (8.3mi). Andy kept it close on the Coyote climb, the final climb of the day. Once over the top, Bill, who said he was saving something for the downhill, used his superior descending skills to pull away for the victory. Wuetrich Rolf and Andrew Terrill were close together most of the way, about 5 min back of the leaders at Bootleg, and with a big gap behind them. Wuetrich pulled away on the Coyote climb to claim 3rd place. Melody Fairchild led the third pack through Bootleg. She finished fifth overall, and 7 min ahead of the second place woman, Jenny Ward.
I want to especially congratulate Ken Randall, age 71, 2:51:24, and Kyle Prario, age 12, 2:12:14, the oldest and youngest runners to complete the race.
At the finish, the runners refueled and stayed warm with chili provided by the Peak to Peak Piranhas youth swim team. There were lots of prizes provided by our sponsors Native Eyerwear sunglasses, and gift certificates to Fleet Feet Boulder, Runners Roost Lakewood, Running Wild (Highlands Ranch), and Boulder Running Company.
Thanks to my friends from Denver Trail Runners who helped at registration, the finish, and along the course, including Connie Ahrnsbrak, Scott McFarlane, John McCray, Christie Hartman, and Paul Grimm; EMT Chip Smith who took care of a couple of cuts and scrapes, and one injured toe; Jen Lavely who coaches the Peak to Peak Piranhas and organized the chili brigade; Jan Ingebrigtsen of the Colorado Sierra Volunteer Fire Department; and Phil Headrick and Todd Farrow from Golden Gate Canyon State Park.