Two men share first, women set tempo in Boogie’s run
The Aspen Times
The women of Independence Run and Hike set a new tempo at the 40th annual Boogie’s Buddy Race on Saturday morning.
Kylee Schuler and Kate Phillips, two Carbondale endurance runners who train together, ran as a team out front of the field of nearly 800 in the traditional July 4 holiday fundraiser for the Buddy Program.
When the runners finished the circuitous 5-mile run in downtown Aspen, Schuler was third overall with Independence Run and Hike teammate Phillips in sixth overall — the first time two women runners have finished in the top six in the Boogie’s Buddy Race.
California high school senior Jack Stovitz, the two-time reigning champion of the Food & Wine 5K in Aspen, crossed the finish line first with the day’s fastest time of 31 minutes, 44 seconds.
But he shared first place among the men when Jonathan Perlman of Pennsylvania, who was leading the race at the time, was misdirected by a race official in the downtown area.
Stovitz, who acknowledged that a runner in front of him took a wrong turn before the finish, ended up sharing first-place honors with Perlman, who will run at Middlebury College next fall.
Aspen’s Bryan Cook crossed the finish line in second place at 32:28.
Schuler was right behind in third place in 32:29. Ben Moscona was fifth.
Phillips’ sixth-place time was 32:50.
“We went through the first mile, and Kylie and I looked at each other and laughed,” Phillips said. “That was a lot faster than we expected because it’s downhill.”
The two former college runners, now training for marathons, looked at each other again and said, in unison, “Tempo run.”
They settled into a 6-minute mile pace and then faced the climb up Cemetery Lane.
“Going on the uphill was so brutal,” Phillips said, “I’m not as much of a trail runner as Kylie. I’m more of a road runner.”
Schuler, 29, pulled ahead on the climb.
“I do run a lot of trails, and (the hill) actually didn’t feel too bad to me,” said Schuler, who ran at the University of Richmond and at Metro State University in Denver. She was a prep standout in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
She moved to the valley last November after spending time in Crested Butte.
“I struggled a little at like mile 31/2 to 41/2,” she said, adding that the runners can see the finish area from way out in the Aspen neighborhoods. That helped her scurry home.
Phillips, who is training for the Chicago Marathon in the fall in search of an Olympic Trials-qualifying time, said that she and Shuler enjoy training together — usually at longer distances. And, she said, the learned they had raced against each other in college.
“Kylie and I were actually in the A-10 (Atlantic 10 Conference) together,” said Phillips, who ran at Xavier. “It’s so weird. We raced together then, but we didn’t know each other.”
Shuler also is the volunteer coordinator for the upcoming Aspen Valley Marathon (and half-marathon).
“There were some girls who were running amazingly fast,” men’s winner Stovitz said of the two Independence Run and Hike runners. “They were so fast.”
But Stovitz managed to stay in the lead group.
A senior this fall in Los Angeles, Stovitz spends the summers in Aspen. He’s run the Boogie’s Fourth of July race five times in all.
“It really helps having run it before,” said Stovitz, who said that Perlman was out front with a half-mile to go when he took a wrong turn. “That was a drag for him.”
Stovitz, 17, said that he followed his strategy of “killing the downhill and holding on the uphill.”
He and another runner traded the lead up the Cemetery climb.
“It became cat-and-mouse, sort of,” said Stovitz, the son of Laura and Ken Stovitz. Father Ken also ran in Saturday’s benefit race in Aspen.
“With about 800 to go …. he went the wrong way,” Stovitz said of the winding route through downtown. Stovitz went on to finish in 31:44.
Just like after his victory in the 2015 Food & Wine 5K, Stovitz said his job working the floor at Creperie du Village in Aspen helps keep him in shape.
“I truly think that helps my endurance working there,” he said.
After excelling at 5 kilometers and 5 miles in Aspen summer races, Stovitz said he’s excited about his senior year.
“I’m so psyched for cross country,” he said.
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