Crested Butte man takes running portion of Summer GT
The third annual Icebreaker Grand Traverse Mountain Run & Bike race — the summer segment of the popular Winter GT — held the running portion of its event Saturday. Athletes began the morning in Crested Butte, their run ending 40.7 miles later at Ajax Park in Aspen. Runners climbed more than 6,000 feet and descended another 7,000 feet to the finish. The mountain bike portion of the two-day race gets underway at 7 a.m. Sunday at the base of Aspen Mountain and concludes 41 miles later in Crested Butte.
Athletes had the option of going solo or as a team, and competing in the run, bike race or both. Crested Butte’s Dustin Simoens won the individual running portion with a time of 6 hours, 1 minute, 11.1 seconds. The top female was Kylie Collins of Almont in 7:36:50, which was eighth overall. Snowmass’s Val Loboda finished fifth among women (15th overall) in 7:58:45, while Aspen’s Madeline Fones was 10th among women in 9:03:06.4.
Boulder’s Bob Africa was the invidual dual sport run champion in 6:43:34.9, the top woman being Canada’s Jen Segger in 8:42:39.5. They will be looking to win the two-day title with Sunday’s bike race. Basalt’s Luke Demuth was 13th overall in the dual sport category in 8:44:25.2.
The overall combined event team leader is Colorado Springs’ “Nickhick,” which finished the run portion in 8:14:10.4.
For more details on the race go to summer.thegrandtraverse.org.
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