Father, daughter take race in Boulder

A father-daughter combination from Craig took the first two places at the Memorial Day Bolder Boulder 10K race.

Valarie Wells-Connor finished the race in 54 minutes and one second and her father, Daniel Wells, finished in 54 minutes and three seconds. Wells-Connor gives credit to her father for pushing her to run and train hard. She had her second child, a daughter, six months ago and trained for the race to get back in shape.

"I've never raced before I had the baby," she said. "I was just trying to get back in shape. I run for fun, and I'm just trying to get the baby fat off. My father kept pushing me along the whole way and made me cross the finish line first. It was a great, great experience that was a lot of fun.

"It's a part of our family to run. We get a lot of incentive from each other. It's a great, supportive family."

Wells and Wells-Connor are the father and sister of Clint Wells, a U.S. national team runner and former University of Colorado runner. This year Clint Wells placed sixth individually with the U.S. team in the Citizens Race. The U.S. team finished third overall. Last year, Clint Wells finished first for the United States.

The Bolder Boulder is a 10-kilometer race that travels through Boulder and finishes in the University of Colorado's Folsom Field. This year, 42,501 runners, walkers and wheelchair racers of all ages, from all over the country and the world competed in the Memorial Day event.

Wells-Connor ran the Bolder Boulder once before in 1998, and finished with a time of 58 minutes. She said she plans to continue running through this summer and compete in the Bolder Boulder next year.

"I'm definitely running (in the race) next year," Wells-Connor said. "I hope to be able to get a better time next year that is a definite goal. You'll see me running with my baby jogger around town this summer."

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