Valley’s runners take Shortcut in Glenwood |

Valley’s runners take Shortcut in Glenwood

Aspen Times Staff Report

Aspen-area runners turned out in droves along with runners from throughout the valley and around the state for the 22nd annual Strawberry Shortcut in Glenwood Springs Sunday morning.

Valley runner Dana Boyle of Carbondale, racing back on home turf after an All-American freshman season at the University of Puget Sound, obliterated the course record in winning the women’s 5K in 18:06.

She undercut the 1997 record of Littleton’s Wilmeen Gausman by 27 seconds!

Boyle recently won the national title in the 3,000-meter run at the NAIA Outdoor Championships in Florida.

Pete Heck, another noted valley runner, stepped off the trails and onto the streets to push two-time winner Phillip Castillo of Alamosa in the men’s 10K Strawberry Shortcut.

Castillo, recently selected as a member of the elite athlete program of the U.S. Army, won in 34:13 with Heck just back at 34:41 – winning his age division. He also won his age division in the 5K, which followed the 7 a.m. 10K.

Englewood’s Valerie Shockley, 33, won the women’s 10K in 42:49 and Boulder runner Andrew Crook, a 40-year-old Australia, won the men’s (and master’s) 5K in 16:05.

Ron Lund of Basalt won his age division in the 10K while daughter Amy Lund also won the women’s 10-under 5K.

Kate Lund was second in the women’s 45-49 10K and daughter Megan was second (to only Boyle) in the women 15-19 category (5K). And, Whitney Lund was third in the women 11-14 division.

The Rankin family of Aspen also celebrated at the Shortcut. Bob and Joyce Rankin marked their 29th anniversary as they both ran in Sunday’s race. Joyce won the women’s 50-54 division.

Karen Ohlrich of Basalt won the women’s 55-59 age group and husband Warren Ohlrich was first in the men’s 60-64.

John Callahan of Aspen was second in the men’s 70-and-older division. Joe Brown, a veritable regular in the Strawberry Shortcut, was third in the men’s 50-54.

Janny Johnson of Snowmass, age 5, finished second in the 10-under race. Jeff Kremer of Aspen was third in men’s 45-49, one spot behind Mick Ireland.

And Ryan Harrington of Aspen added a second-place finish in his age division, 20-24.

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