Downtown mile record matched
The second time was the charm for Gunnison’s Rees Buck, the winner of last Saturday’s eighth annual Aspen Downtown Mile.
After missing the course record by a mere second last year in his first time running in the event, Buck returned to Aspen this year to defend his title in style. He shaved exactly one second off his 1999 time to tie the course record of 4:39 set in 1997 by Luther Kopf of Glenwood Springs, a former all-American runner at the University of Arizona.
As it would turn out, Rees needed to tie the record just to win the race, as he crossed the line just ahead of Zeke Tiernan, a former all-state runner for Aspen High School and former all-American at the University of Colorado. Tiernan took second overall with a time of 4:40.
Jason Smith took third place with a time of 4:51.
Anne Nerbonne of Aspen won the women’s race with a time of 6:00, narrowly edging Suzanne Cooney, who finished second in 6:06.
Third place went to Adele Keating, whose time of 6:31 was good for top honors in the 14-under girls category.
Other age-group winners included Cooney in 15-19 girls, Bill Keating in 14-under boys (6:28), Gus Lundin in 15-19 boys (4:55), Hector Chavez in 30-39 men (5:12), Evan Griffiths in 40-49 men (5:33), Betty Severy in 40-49 women (6:49), Johnny Chapin in 50-59 men (6:12), Joyce Rankin in 50-59 women (6:56) and Warren Ohlrich in 60-over men (6:22).
The race, the first in the sixth annual Aspen Summer Race Series, drew a field of 61 competitors in all. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Aspen High School cross country program.
The next race in the Aspen Summer Race Series will be the Aspen Mountain Hill Climb on Aug. 26.
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