By Sheila Millersports@taosnews.comThe weather was beautiful for the Red River High Mountain Half-Marathon on Saturday (Aug. 3). The out-and-back half-marathon and the 5K race both start and end …
The weather was beautiful for the Red River High Mountain Half-Marathon on Saturday (Aug. 3). The out-and-back half-marathon and the 5K race both start and end right downtown, at the corner of Third and Main streets.
Though the elevation gain over the course is a manageable 700 or so feet, that change starts at around 8,750 feet and crests at the turnaround point at a little over 9,400 feet. For anyone who doesn't live in a mountain town, this extreme elevation makes this a race for a perfect experience rather than a personal best time.
The top three finishers in the men's half-marathon each won their age division. Sedin Bajric won the event and the 20-29 age group with a 1:50; Daniel Peeples took second overall and placed first in the 30-39 men's age group in 1:53; and Bruce Rice took the top spot in the 50-59 men's age group and third among the men with a 1:59.
Analisa Chavez was the women's winner, the winner of the 20-29 women's age group and the overall third-place finisher in the half-marathon with a time of 1:56. Maya Martines-Metzgar finished in 2:03 and was second among women and first in the 19 and under age group; and Jenna McCullock took second in the 20-29 women's age bracket and was third on the women's side.
There were 25 male half-marathon racers and 27 female - for a total of 52.
The top female finisher in the 5K was Danae Moors, who won the division and the 30-39 age group with a time of 23:10. The second and third place women took the top two spots in the 20-29 women's age division: Mary McCann with a 24:03 and Chappell Stewart with a 26:58. The top three male finishers in the 5K were Matthew Mathis in first place with a time of 20:28, Seth Brenes in second with a 22:51 and Zachary Waltz in third with a 24:40. There were 15 men in the 5K and 27 women.
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