The 17th annual Run Through Time was held in Salida on Saturday, with more than 500 runners taking part in a trail marathon, a trail half marathon, a 2-mile fun run and a children’s 400-meter dash.
“It was great,” said Kristy Falcon, organizer of the event. “It was a super fun day.”
Brittany Charboneau won the women’s trail marathon in 3 hours, 42 minutes, 6.7 seconds. She was the only female competitor to finish in under 4 hours.
Charboneau, 33, has been running for about 20 years and has been racing professionally for more than four years. She said she ran 23 miles on Friday, the day before the marathon, and is currently training for a 50-mile race in Lake Sonoma, California. Charboneau said the course was tough but a lot of fun.
Devon Yanko was second in the women’s marathon and Amber Weimer was third.
In the men’s category, Bryan Kerl won the marathon with a time of 3:13:03.2. Clint Anders was second and Daniel Metzger third.
Unlike typical marathons, which are run on paved roads, the course featured many dirt roads and trails, forcing participants to contend with a variety of difficult conditions. The course also had a variety of elevation changes and more than 4,000 feet of climbing.
Charboneau said, “There were some surprising snowy climbs.” The high point of the course was 9,050 feet elevation. Falcon said, “The courses were a bit more difficult.”
Sandra M. Nypaver won the women’s half marathon with a time of 2:00:01.7. Laura Mooney and Caroline Wockner finished second and third just behind her.
On the men’s side. David Goodman won in 1:33:27, beating second-place finisher Taylor Stack by 24 seconds.
“It was a great time; I loved it,” Goodman said. “It was my first real trail race.” He had previously competed in track and field, where he qualified for the Olympic trials. Enjoying the challenge of changing varied terrain and being in nature during the race, he said, “I prefer trails to everything.”
The half marathon course had many difficulties of its own. The majority of the course was on trails with about 2,000 feet of climbing. Goodman said, “It was tough and crazy rocky.” He said he fell during a difficult part of the race and scraped his knees.
The course took place on local trails and meandered around Tenderfoot Mountain before terminating near the Salida Rotary Scout Hut. This year saw a new twist on the course that took advantage of recently developed trails in the Arkansas Hills Trail System. Falcon said it’s great to be able to use newer trails and they will likely use them again next year.
The event serves as a fundraiser for Salida Mountain Trails and Chaffee County Search and Rescue. About 40 people volunteered to help with the race. “A big thank you to the volunteers,” Falcon said. “They are just great.”