Thirty-five runners showed up for 5k or 10k trail runs on the Jumbo Trail system east of Paonia on Sunday morning, Sept. 30, for the Mountain Harvest Festival trail run.
Fifteen runners chose the 5k loop which was won by Eli Etter in 28 minutes and 13 seconds.
He beat his dad, Art Etter, by over six minutes. Several families including the Etters, Hillemans, and Garcias registered for the 5k that features a very steep 400-foot climb.
Twenty stalwart runners registered for the 10k with Ben Graves, a science teacher in Paonia, blasting the course record and finishing in 51 minutes and 41 seconds. This might sound slow for a 10k but it includes a super steep 1000 foot climb, while avoiding deep ruts, rough trails, and bear scat! Ryan Strand came in second at 52:54 with the first woman, Jessica McGrath, finishing third in 54:18, also a women's course record.
Organizers offered thanks to the Montrose Office of the BLM for the special use permit, the Mountain Harvest Festival Board for their support, North Fork Ambulance crew of Jack and Randy (fortunately their services were not needed!), and the eight volunteers who helped with aid stations, registration, timing and marking the course. "We had great weather and another increase in participation. Hope you can join on this fun trail run next year!", said Dave Knutson.blog comments powered by Disqus