2016 Sand Creek XC Championship
By Dan Shaw
A month before the race, co-director Rob Fisher called with the bad news. Kate from the Sand Creek Greenway Authority had called to say Denver Parks & Rec. had assumed control of the portion of the greenway we were planning to use for our race course. What did that mean for the race? After a couple of weeks' discussion with the permitting office, in addition to permit applications, submission of race plans and a meeting with park rangers to review the course, we were suddenly looking at $600 in permitting fees.
Weighing these factors against the disruption of a last minute change in location, the choice was plainly in favor of a move. Just a few hundred yards upstream on the creek, the very accommodating management of the Bluff Lake Nature Center graciously consented to permit our race, charging us a fraction of the fees that the city wanted to impose. The move was on.
And well worth the effort involved to change. A new course, still consisting of 2 circuits of a 3K loop, was quickly laid out, following a similar route to prior races the club has held at Bluff Lake. As a result of the move, the race course now circled the little lake on well-maintained gravel paths, with some beautiful single track along the creek and a few hundred yards of rough open space featuring fallen trees, a prairie dog town and small patches of sand. Quite a delightful little course, decorated with the many greens of spring.
The weather on race day couldn't have been sweeter, with sunny morning lows in the forties. By 9 o'clock, when the walkers were finishing, the temperature was climbing into the sixties. Since this was the first warm race day of the year, the water stop was popular.
And the racing was grand! Rachel Perez claimed the RRCA's Colorado State Cross Country title with a time for the 6K distance of 25:49. Patrick Richards took the title for the men with his time of 24:08. The Masters (age 40+) titles went to Sydney Ayers (27:44) and Eric Albright (24:48). Karen McKean (38:05) brought home the Grand Masters (50+) award, and Keith Johnson (25:44) took the men's award. For the Senior Grand Masters (60+), the champions are Janet Sandoval (38:34) and Bob Caillouette (30:38).
Many thanks to the members who volunteered their time to make this race happen, including: Patty Jones, Nicole Shaklee and Kevin Snyder (registration); Joe Baird (timing, scoring and equipment); Amy Lease, Matt Barnes and Bill Faulkner (timing and scoring); course marshals Pat Tolleson and Lu Shaw; Tom Chambers (awards); and Shannon Shaw (course marshal, awards and the raffle). And a huge thanks is due to Bluff Lake Nature Center for kindly hosting this event on such short notice.
|Overall Men||Overall Women|
|1||Patrick Richards||24:08||Rachel Perez||25:49|
|1||Scott McFarlane||36:37||Janet Sandoval||38:34|
|1||Robert Caillouette||30:38||Karen McKean||38:05|
|2||Mark Hasseman||36:30||Patricia Jones||40:21|
|1||Michael Brenner||27:51||Anne-Marie Schmidt||41:04|
|2||Trujillo Jay||34:28||Mindy Bradford||50:46|
|1||Keith Johnson||25:44||Sydney Ayers||27:44|
|2||Scott Foster||32:32||Nicole Shaklee||40:36|
|1||Jonathan Fenske||25:12||Helen Degennaro||32:18|
|1||Eric Albright||24:48||Sara Foster||35:31|
|2||Jeremy Johnson||26:27||Lisa 0rocard||39:48|
|3||Sam Simkin||27:28||Siri Lewis||40:19|
|4||Allen Wat||28:30||Becky Ross||43:33|
|5||Tim Lewis||30:44||Allison Douglas||54:01|
|1||Robert Kanieski||30:08||Molly Smith||25:58|
|2||Jason Bouska||49:07||Jitka O'Farrell||30:42|
|1||Brandon Rockwood||26:53||Francie Kinney||42:15|
|2||Evan Stark||29:08||Stephanie Morrison||49:06|
|13 and Under|
|1||Jordan Douglas||48:15||Jenny Hurst||45:33|