Boogie’s runner shares first place after taking wrong turn
The Aspen Times
The runner with the fourth-fastest time in the Boogie’s Buddy Race on the Fourth of July ended up sharing first place.
But race organizers of the annual holiday race in Aspen recognized Jonathan Perlman of Pennsylvania as a co-winner after he was misdirected by course marshals in downtown Aspen, sending him on an incorrect route.
He was leading the 5-mile holiday race at the time.
By the time he returned to the course, he ended up finishing in fourth place overall behind initial winner Jack Stovitz, a teenager from California.
Bryan Cook of Aspen was second with Kylee Schuler of Carbondale, running for Independence Run and Hike, in third overall and first among the women.
Perlman crossed next, followed by Ben Moscona and Kate Phillips, another Independence Run and Hike competitor who was second among the women.
But officials acknowledged the course confusion in the downtown area and honored Perlman as the co-winner of the men’s division in the 40th annual Boogie’s Buddy Race.
Perlman, the son of Rachel and David Perlman of Pennsylvania, will be a freshman at Middlebury College where he will run cross country and track.
Stovitz will be a senior in high school in Los Angles in the fall. He’s won two races back-to-back in Aspen this summer. Earlier, he finished first in the Food & Wine 5K.
Stovitz, right after the race, also acknowledged that the race leader took a wrong turn in front of him en route to the finish line. Stovitz, who has run the Boogie’s Buddy Race five times, followed the proper route to the finish.
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