Cloud and Mickey lead Spung to K9 Uphill title |

Cloud and Mickey lead Spung to K9 Uphill title

Ben Husband

Snowmass’ Carlin Spung and his two canine pals, Cloud and Mickey, cruised to victory in the third annual Sundog’s K9 Uphill Saturday at Buttermilk Mountain.

The trio won the men’s competitive division in a scorching time of 29 minutes, 43 seconds.

Meaghan Groothuis and her dog Sophie captured the women’s competitive title in 33:10.

The annual event hosted 200 human/canine teams that raised close to $3,000 dollars for the Aspen Animal Shelter/Valley Dog Rescue and the Canine Companions for Independence.

“We had a great turnout and fantastic conditions for this year’s event,” event founder and director Erik Skarvan said. “One thing that sticks out in my mind is how happy both the dogs and people seemed to be – just about everyone had a big smile on their faces.”

The course up Buttermilk climbed more than 2,000 vertical feet to the summit where racers turned around and came back down.

Kevin Willson and his dog Laska finished behind Spung in second with a time of 30:03 and Aspen High School junior Michael Otte and Jewels finished third in 30:11.

Bill Pinkington and his two dogs, Snow and Clint, finished fourth in 30:42 while Bill Boughton and Lucy rounded out the top five finishers in 33:01.

Betty Severy and Monte finished a distant second to Groothuis in 34:59 and Mary Steinbacher and Skippy was third in 36:05.

Lisa Gonzales-Gile and her two dogs, McCoy and Taylor, finished fourth (39:46) and rounding out the top five women finishers was Susan Muenchen and Dill at 42.21.

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