Thomas Schoonover, Jason Gomez, and Rachael Green Pose before the 2018 CMC Leadville Commencement

CMC Running Club Graduates

 

The 2018 CMC Running Club Graduates

Thomas Schoonover, Jason Gomez, and Rachael Green Pose before the 2018 CMC Leadville Commencement

Thomas Schoonover, Jason Gomez, and Rachael Green Pose before the 2018 CMC Leadville Commencement

Running Club Graduates celebrate their accomplishments

The 2018 Colorado Mountain College commencement ceremony featured three graduates: Thomas Schoonover, Jason Gomez, and Rachael Green. All three runners ran for the team the last two years. Their accomplishments in and out of the classroom are something that the members of the Running Club are very proud of.

Thomas Schoonover

Thomas Schoonover (right) poses at the top of the Mosquito Pass during the 2018 Leadville Trail Heavy Half Marathon. Pictured to his left is race series co-founder Ken Chlouber.

Thomas Schoonover (right) poses at the top of the Mosquito Pass during the 2018 Leadville Trail Heavy Half Marathon. Pictured to his left is race series co-founder Ken Chlouber.

Thomas Schoonover is a Colorado runner to the core. His energy and enthusiasm was never ending on training runs and in races. He managed to train and compete despite taking an intense course load in the Natural Resource Management program. Thomas has his eyes set on longer ultra races in his future while he puts his NRM skills to great use.

Jason Gomez

Jason Gomez racing hard as Rachael Green cheers him on at the 2017 NIRCA National Championships.

Jason Gomez racing hard as Rachael Green cheers him on at the 2017 NIRCA National Championships in East Lansing, MI.

Jason Gomez has served as a leader in the Running Club since he first started with CMC in 2016. His dedication to the team helped get the team to their first ever NIRCA┬áNational Championships on Veteran’s Day in 2017. It is important to note that he raced on Veteran’s Day given that Jason served in the US Army for nearly two decades. Jason has overcome many injuries to carry him through the weekly workouts and races. He was always there helping the team at all of their races. He has welcomed and mentored incoming runners every semester. The Slaughterhouse Hill Repeats workout was always his favorite. Jason has graduated with an Outdoor emphasis. He is not done with CMC yet. Jason will return in the Fall of 2018 to continue studying in the US Forestry program. Don’t worry, he will be lacing up his spikes and throwing on his CMC jersey again this fall.

Rachael Green

Rachael Green after the first mile at the NIRCA National Championships.

Rachael Green after the first mile at the NIRCA National Championships.

Rachael Green graduates with an Outdoor Education degree. She finished with the highest ever place at NIRCA Nationals for CMC in 2017. Her 157th place helped put CMC o the radar at NIRCA. The 2017 Fall season saw her win the first ever CMC Invite. Endless energy was displayed from Rachael on every training run and race. We were all lucky to hear Rachael address the graduating class as she was chosen to represent the student body. Rachael is now studying Outdoor Education at Western State University. While she is now a rival, her legacy will live on the trails that CMC runners call home.