Aspen’s Sahn wins first Runoff crown
Karen Sahn of Aspen won her first Mount Sopris Runoff crown last weekend.
Sahn, who finished eighth overall in the annual running race from Basalt to Carbondale, won the women’s division with a time of 1:58.20 for the 18-miler.
Veteran valley runner Pete Heck of Carbondale won the men’s race, taking his fifth consecutive title in 1:40:06 – breaking the record for the current configuration of the 20th annual race.
“The heat was the hardest thing today,” Sahn said Saturday morning after the race finish at Sopris Park in downtown Carbondale.
“And then the hardest part (running) is when you hit the pavement,” she said of the closing miles to the finish.
She added that the climb was difficult. But, she said, she felt strong on the downhill as she finished her third Runoff with her first title.
Heck, basically, agreed.
“The downhill was good; the uphill sucked,” he said with a chuckle after his victory.
Jason Page of Aspen was second in an impressive 1:42:30. He pushed Heck through much of the first half of the race befor Heck pulled away for a bit of distance on the final uphill before the descent into Carbondale.
The 25-year-old Page is a former University of North Carolina runner who now is training for the upcoming Chicago Marathon.
He, too, enjoyed the downhill after the arduous uphill.
“My legs responded (to the downhill,” Page said. “They were ready to go downhill; they were ready to do something else (besides go uphill),” he added.
Stephen Parziale of Aspen, who annually runs a strong race in the Runoff, was third, followed by Bobby Stuckey of Aspen and David Buck of Glenwood Springs.
Ron Lund of Basalt was sixth with John Stroud of Carbondale, another regular in the Runoff, seventh.
In the women’s race, erri Lee Booth was second with Kathleen Parks of Carbondale third.
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