Carbondale runner outpaces field at Mount Sopris Runoff |

Carbondale runner outpaces field at Mount Sopris Runoff

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

Kelley Cox/Post IndependentThe overall winner of Saturday's Mount Sopris Runoff was Drew Scott of Carbondale. Scott completed the 16.5-mile run in a time of 1 hour, 58, minutes, 16 seconds.

CARBONDALE – Drew Scott took up running a dozen or so years ago to clear his mind. In Saturday’s 16.5-mile jaunt known as the Mount Sopris Runoff, he had plenty of time to do just do that.

And more.

Completing a course rich in elevation gain, Scott clocked in at 1 hour, 58 minutes and 16 second to win the 31st annual runoff, a fixture of Carbondale’s Mountain Fair festival.

Runners got their start at 7-Eleven in Basalt and crossed the finish line just outside Mountain Fair’s Sopris Park digs. Along the way, the hearty 40 or so race entrants had to contend with an ascent of approximately 1,500 feet on West Sopris Creek Road and an 1,800-foot descent on Prince Creek Road as they trudged into Carbondale.

Scott, a 31-year-old Carbondale resident who moved to the Roaring Fork Valley from Richmond, Va., in 2000, is plenty initiated with the challenging course.

“It’s in my backyard,” he said. “I actually ran the course twice before today. I run trails back there too.”

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Scott’s also a runoff veteran. He estimated he’s entered the race some four or five times. Saturday marked his first victory.

“This is my best time,” he said. “I got second three years ago.”

Tailing Scott across the finish line were Austin Allen (2:03:13) and Jeff Conklin (2:05:06).

Jennifer Mendez finished first among women, timing in at 2:14:43.

May Selby (2:18:04) and Marta Darby (2:23:10) took second and third in the women’s field.

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