Superbowl Sunday greeted us with a slightly warmer morning at Fossil Creek Park than was the case a month ago at Edora Park where the conditions were downright chilly. We had 67 runners come out and enjoy the sunny, yet brisk day, and we only lost one of them (later found nursing a slight calf strain).
In just his second Tortoise and Hare race, Tom Drungil performed a hatchet job on his predicted 30:23 finish time, running nearly three and a half minutes faster and beating his handicap by a larger margin than anybody else to finish first across the line. Katie Quatrano continued her return to post-pregnancy fitness with a three-minute drubbing of her handicap and an impressive second-place finish, while youngsters Kylie Chandler and Talia Berlin both had great runs to finish third and fourth respectively. Rounding out the ribbon winners was our fastest runner of the day, Reuben Sublett, who ran an impressive 18:50 for fifth overall.
Sixth across the line, and now current leader in the series standings was Greg Dickinson. After a slow start to the series, feisty Irish Bostonian, Celeste O’Connor, racked up another 8 points with her eighth-place finish to take her into second place overall in the series. Elizabeth Munson, Jan Huie and Reuben Sublett currently round out the top-five prize positions in the standings, but with two races left in the series it remains wide open.
Our fastest lady of the day was Karen Bertasso who showed good form to finish just north of 20 minutes (20:07), a time good enough for fifth speediest overall. Hot on her heels was Fern Baker, new to the T&H series, just one second back in 20:08 for the sixth fastest time of the day.
In total, we had six new runners at the T&H this month, so welcome to Fern, Nate Huner, Don Walker, Lorelei Miller, Jennifer Lynn and Carol Drungil. We hope to see you and everybody else next month at Lee Martinez park for 10 kilometers of fun on the Poudre Trail.