Thomson, Kremer win XTERRA Beaver Creek 21K
(Beaver Creek Resort - Avon, CO) - J. Marshall Thomson, 33, and Stevie Kremer, 28, won the XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run half-marathon course on a beautiful summer morning at Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, CO, today.
Both are from Crested Butte, Colo., and both are experienced - and successful - trail runners. For Thomson, it's his second XTERRA victory in as many chances having won the XTERRA Cheyenne 24K in Colorado Springs back in April. Today he led from start to finish and crossed the line more than two minutes ahead of runner-up Jacob Malcomb from Marietta, Ohio. Two-time Ironman World Champ Tim DeBoom finished third in 1:30:20.
Thomson, who set the course record at the Collegiate Peaks 50-miler in April, is all about the altitude and the climbs.
(Thomson pictured here, courtesy XTERRA Photos)
"I looked at the course map for this online and saw the 2,300-feet of climbing and said I'm in," said Thomson, who plans on taking on all-comers at the XTERRA National Championship at Snowbasin Resort in Utah on Sept. 23. "I like going uphill, and I like the altitude, so it was fun."
In the women's race, Stevie Kremer took the lead a quarter-mile into the course and never looked back. She finished fourth overall in 1:31:14 and took top honors among the women, just one week after qualifying for the U.S. Mountain Running Team at the Loon Mountain Race in New Hampshire.
Kremer finished more than three minutes ahead of runner-up April Thomas of Breckenridge, Colo.
"I thought it was a great course, loved the rolling hills," Kremer said. "The cheering and the course marshals were awesome and encouraging, the weather was great. I felt good the whole time, and just had so much fun."
Every age-group winner from the 21K race received a free entry to compete at the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in Hawaii on December 2.
Kremer, a second-grade teacher by trade, will represent the United States at the Mountain Running World Championships in Ponte di Legno, Italy, on September 4.
(Kremer pictured here, courtesy XTERRA Photos)
Whelan, Malbouef win the 10K
The XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run also featured a 10K race, in addition to the half-marathon course. Danny Whelan of Denver took advantage of a missed turn by the leaders just before the finish to take top honors in 40:06. Jason Finch and Michael Raemisch, who ultimately placed second and third, went the wrong way late in the course. They were turned around shortly after by the race director, but lost enough time to allow Whelan to race into the lead and the eventual victory.
"I was actually a little concerned when I came across the line and saw the finish tape up there for me because I didn't see those guys go off-course," Whelan said. "I talked to them after and went and looked at the section they missed and they couldn't believe they ran past it. It happens though."
Women's 10K winner Andi Malboeuf of nearby Edwards, Colo., edged runner-up Colleen Reilly of Denver by 40 seconds.
"I loved this race, the up-and-down and the Aspens and the atmosphere, really a fun time and a great show," said Malbouef.
Some 250 runners took part in today's races, the fourth of five in the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series. The series finale will be the XTERRA Snow Mountain Ranch Trail Run in Granby, Colo., on August 26. Learn more at www.xterratrailrun.com or www.marathonmajic.com.
A special thanks to Tim Baker, executive director at Beaver Creek Resort and the entire BCR staff, along with the volunteers, and our local partners at East-West Resorts and the Town of Avon.
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