Reichley cruises to 2nd victory in half marathon
Aspen Times Staff Writer
Aspen local Thad Reichley just keeps winning races.
An Aspen Elementary teacher and professional triathlete, Reichley won the 27th annual Basalt Half Marathon on Saturday for the second consecutive year, with a time of one hour, 13 minutes, and 51 seconds. In June, Reichley won the Aspen Downtown Mile.
“He just seems to be in shape whenever I see him run,” said race director Ron Lund.
Lund said the key to the Basalt Half Marathon is keeping a good, even pace.
“The key is don’t go out too fast,” Lund said. “If you run too hard, you’re going to pay for it hard. Thad ran at a very even pace.”
About 115 people ran in the race Saturday, up from 87 last year.
“It was good to see a good turn-out,” Lund said, “and the weather cooperated most of the race.” The monsoon-like downpours held off until the runners had finished.
The race begins near the base of Ruedi Dam, and drops roughly 13 miles and 1,000 vertical down the Fryingpan River, ending in Basalt’s Arbaney Park.
Heather Hunt, of Boulder, won the lady’s group with a time of 1:19:17.
“We had some fast women,” Lund said.
Five women finished in the top 13 overall. But Lund said the highlight of the race was watching 57-year-old Dwight Cornwell finish in third place with a time of 1:18:27. Lund did not know where Cornwell lives.
“He won his age group by 23 minutes,” Lund said.
Lund starting running the route in the late 1970s, and over time became increasingly involved with the race, which helps raise money for local youth athletic programs.
Lund’s daughter, Megan, attended Alpine Christian Academy, and now runs cross country and track for CU-Colorado Springs. Last week, she won the Aspen Uphill, shattering the women’s record by over two minutes in the process.
In June, she won the Downtown Mile. On Saturday, however, Lund was helping out her dad, working at one of the race’s aid stations.
Her strength is running uphill, not down, her dad said.
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