The CMC Running Club posing in front of the southern edge of the Flatirons after the West Side Best Side XC Race in Golden. Pictured from left to right (back row): Thomas Schoonover, Jason Gomez, Samantha Gardner, Rachael Green, Darren Brungardt, Landon Strain, and Aaron Hagan. Front Row: Kirk McMurray.

Race Report January/February 2017

Racing success in snowshoes and on the trails

Colorado Cup Snowshoe Championship 1/28 on the Leadville Campus

Racers from all over the state ascended to the CMC Leadville campus to take on the snow and hills in the club’s annual Colorado Cup Snowshoe Championship. Racers from as far north as Fort Collins and as far west as Grand Junction made the trek. It was bitterly cold with pre-race temps hovering just above single digits. CMC Racers Jason Gomez (2nd in the 800, 1st in the 400, and third in the medley relay), Aaron Hagan (5K), and Kirk McMurray (10K) all competed. This was the first snowshoe race for all three CMC Running Club Racers.

Start of the 5K and 10K races

Start of the 5K and 10K races

The 5K race was won by Jared Leblow from Grand Junction and Lanie Szuch from Evergreen. The 10K race was won by Leadville’s Bryan Kerl and Evergreen’s Brandy Erholtz. Erholtz is a former snowshoe national champion and one of the all time greats in the sport of snowshoeing. All results can be found here.

The CMC Running Club enters two teams into the 1st race of the West Side Best Side XC Race Series on 2/26

Samantha Gardner races to the finish in her first ever race (Jason Gomez to the left cheering her on).

Samantha Gardner races to the finish in her first ever race (Jason Gomez to the left cheering her on).

The CMC Running Club packed up the van and took a two hour road trip to race in the first race of the West Side Best Side XC Race Series. This first race was held at the Northern Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, CO. The race distance was three miles. The course was in a beautiful location in western Arvada. Here is a great photo album of the events.

Kirk McMurray (26th), Jason Gomez (40th), Landon Strain (42nd) and Rachael Green (50th) composed team Mt Elbert and took 4th overall in the coed team category. Coach Darren Brungardt (16th), Thomas Schoonover (75th), Aaron Hagan (80th), and Samantha Gardner (82nd) composed team Mt Massive and took 7th overall in the coed team division. There were ten coed teams. Complete results can be found here.