By Tim Donohoo
For the Courier
This year’s edition of the Elk Meadow 5K/10K was not your ordinary run for Carly Kloack of Parker. The June 28 event served as the Baylor University lacrosse athlete’s first 5K, and despite finishing 11th overall in a field of 32 runners — 52 runners competed in the 10K portion — Kloack was all smiles as she crossed the finish line in 32 minutes, 20 seconds.
“I am not a competitive runner,” insisted Kloack, who was supported by her parents, Todd and Nancy Kloack, neighborhood friend Dylan Vertner, and even the family pets, Bo and Milo, at the start/finish line near Pioneer Trailhead next to Buchanan Park.
“I want to stay in shape for lacrosse. The second mile of the race was the hardest, especially the second hill. I spent my energy on the first hill,” she said.
Lee France won the 10K portion of the Elk Meadow in 43:12. The top female 10K finisher was Lindsay Krause of Littleton with a time of 49:38.
Brian O’Rourke of Central City finished first in the 5K in 27:44, while Evergreen’s Christine Adamowski finished first among the 5K women in 24:03.
The race is the second installment in the Evergreen Trail Racing Series, presented by the Stagecoach Sports Grill, the title sponsor for the series. In addition, Runners Roost and the Boulder Running Company are sponsors as well.
Evergreen Park and Recreation District invites runners to compete in the five-race series on challenging mountainous terrain in the Evergreen area. Distances range from a family-oriented 2-mile fun run/walk to an epic 13.1 mile half marathon to the top of Bergen Peak (elevation 9,708 feet) on Aug. 30. This race includes a climb over 2,000 vertical feet.
Kloack, 20, is a speech pathology major at Baylor and will be entering her junior year at the private christian institution in Waco, Texas. She will be spending 11 days next month in Zimbabwe as part of a mission working with orphans at a sports camp. The mission is organized by Vision Trust, an organization out of Colorado Springs.
“I will serve as a counselor in mentoring kids at the camp. We will also be involved in a service project while we are there. We might work on water filters or assist in building a school or part of an orphanage. We might even build ovens so they can bake bread,” Kloack said proudly. She also plans to study abroad in South Africa during the spring of 2015.
The next race in the series will be Aug. 2 for the Mount Falcon 15K in Morrison.