The women’s 50K race saw 41-year old Elizabeth Gold take top honors in a time of 4:07:26
LARKSPUR, Colo. - Inov-8 athlete and Running USA staff member Peter Maksimow crushed his own course record and secured his third straight win at the Greenland Trail 50K near Larkspur, Colorado on Saturday, May 4. The race was the RRCA Colorado Championship. Maksimow, 34, of Manitou Springs wasn’t sure if a nagging injury would slow him down on race day.
“The weather was ideal for a new course record. There was no wind, as there usually is during the race, but I wasn't sure that my Achilles or my fitness was up for the challenge since my running has been fairly nonexistent in the past month due to injury.”
Maksimow’s 3 hours, 21 minutes, 10 seconds was four minutes faster than second place finisher Brad Seng of Boulder, who ran stride-for-stride with Maksimow until mile 28.5. Young buck Jay Meservy, 24, rounded out the top three in 3:46:20.
Maksimow said, “The Greenland 50K was my first 50K back in 2011 and I have run it three years in a row. The draw is the extremely fast course. In previous years I have run the race by myself in an attempt for the course record, however, this year brought some competition and it pushed me to improve my previous course record and a well-deserved RCAA Colorado State Championship.”
With partly cloudy skies and cool temperatures, the 9th running of the Greenland Trail Races welcomed more than 700 athletes. The runners took to the trails for one of the fastest 50K’s in the nation, as well as a 25K and 8 mile race. Course records were also set in the men’s 25K event, and participants took advantage of the dry and clear trails as well as a hopping post-race party. The race includes rolling hills set at 7,000 feet of elevation with Pikes Peak as the backdrop.
The women’s 50K race saw 41-year old Elizabeth Gold take top honors in a time of 4:07:26. Neil McDonagh of Manitou Springs set a new course record in the men’s 25K with a finishing time of 1:32:22. In the women’s 25K race, former USATF Mountain Teammate Megan Lizotte of Basalt, Colo. dominated the course in 1:46:59. And in the men’s 8 mile, course record holder Andy Ames of Boulder crossed the line first in 48:26. Ames has won the event three times. In the women’s 8 mile, former Greenland 25K champ Lindsay Krause of Littleton took top honors for the women, as well as fourth place overall with a time of 52:07.
The race was sponsored by the Boulder Running Company, Colorado Runner Magazine, Hammer Nutrition, LaSportiva, and more. For more information, go to www.greenland50k.com