Carbondale’s DeMoor, Crested Butte’s Kremer win Golden Leaf Half Marathon
Carbondale’s Joseph DeMoor didn’t have the luxury of taking it easy over the final stretch of Saturday’s annual Golden Leaf Half Marathon, a backcountry trail run from Snowmass to Aspen.
Not when he had two people within a minute of him.
Nonetheless, DeMoor held on to win the popular race with a time of 1 hour, 26 minutes, 2 seconds, only 22 seconds ahead of runner-up Galen Burrell of Louisville, Colorado. In third with a time of 1:26:51 was David Glennon of Boulder.
“I was definitely looking over my shoulder a little bit. He was right behind me the whole race, so it kept it competitive,” DeMoor said of Burrell.
“He passed me at the last aid station. I think that was at mile 10 and a half. And I just kind of tried to get close to him again and ended up passing him with maybe a half mile to go and was able to hold on for the win.”
DeMoor, who grew up in Buena Vista and ran cross country for the University of Colorado in Boulder, was competing in the Golden Leaf for the first time. He’s lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for about three years.
Taking the women’s half marathon on Saturday was Crested Butte’s Stevie Kremer, long an icon in the sport. This was her record seventh win in the Golden Leaf, her last win coming in 2015. The 2016 race was canceled and Kremer did not compete in 2017.
Kremer finished in 1:39:39, well ahead of women’s runner-up Kim Baugh of Colorado Springs, who had a time of 1:48:01. In third with a time of 1:48:47 was Lindsey Knast of Philadelphia.
Complete results can be found at http://www.sportstats.us.
For most, the Golden Leaf signifies an end to the local summer running season — the first official day of fall was Saturday — paving the way for colder weather.
“It was a fun race,” said DeMoor, who works on Aspen Mountain and drives a snowcat during the winter. “This time of year, I’m just ready for the snow to start flying.”
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