By Tim Donohoo
For the Courier
Andrew Adamowski ran a race fit for a president on Aug. 24 in the Bergen Peak Half Marathon. Adamowski, 39, president of the board of directors for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, won the inaugural half marathon, completing the grueling course from Buchanan Park Recreation Center across Elk Meadow and up to the top of Bergen Peak in 1 hour, 45 minutes and 57 seconds.
Todd Ganglehoff finished second nearly four minutes back with a time of 1:49:55. Steve Kaye was third in 1:56:27. Former CU-Boulder track and cross country athlete Lindsey Krause was the first woman to finish, running the 13.1-mile course in 2:01:30. Renee Otero was second in 2:03:35 and Mary Anne Sullivan was third at 2:07:55.
About 55 people ran the race — the fourth in the five-race Evergreen Trail Racing Series — experiencing the rolling hills of Elk Meadow and the strenuous switchbacks of Bergen Peak and Too Long Trail. It was extended from last year’s 12.6-mile length to create an epic, mountainous half marathon. The course ascends approximately 1,500 feet and the runners peaked at a total elevation of 9,000 feet.
“I have run the trail many times over the last 20 years,” said Adamowski. “I have never run it this fast. It was fun and I had a good time. The downhill stretch is always tough and fast. The footing is loose. Running downhill is trickier.”
Krause, 35, a physical therapist and pilates instructor from Littleton, also viewed the course as a challenge.
“I was surprised by the extra loop at the bottom of the course. This is a hard race with a brutal, long climb and pretty technical. There were deceptively hard little inclines on the way home and it was definitely a challenging course,” added Krause, a member of the Saloman trail running team out of Utah. “Saloman is a trail running company based in Utah. I am one of a group of athletes who serve as ambassadors for the team.” The next competition for Krause is at the Aspen Golden Leaf Half Marathon next month.
Kendra Hinkson, Evergreen Recreation Supervisor, was pleased with this year’s half marathon.
“The turnout this year has been great and the race in particular was good. This is the first year for the actual race series. In the past we held a variety of trail races in the area,” she said.
This race concept originated with Sharon Martin, a former Evergreen program supervisor.
“We just felt that this area needed a half marathon that led to a mountain top,” said Lisa Hamm-Greenawalt, EPRD Marketing Manager. “It was time for an epic trail half marathon in Evergreen.”