Moffat County High School teacher Todd Trapp races toward the finish line of the Steamboat Marathon on Sunday in Steamboat Springs. Trapp was second in the race, finishing in two hours, 41 minutes and 56 seconds.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Moffat County High School teacher Todd Trapp races toward the finish line of the Steamboat Marathon on Sunday in Steamboat Springs. Trapp was second in the race, finishing in two hours, 41 minutes and 56 seconds.

Setting the pace

Craig resident places 2nd in Steamboat Marathon

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A peanut butter and jelly sandwich, this time without sugar-free jelly.

It doesn't sound like much, but to Todd Trapp it's a sandwich that's been long overdue.

Trapp - Moffat County High School teacher, track and cross-country coach - has been on a strict diet while training for Saturday's 27th annual Steamboat Springs Marathon.

The training that began in January for the 26.2-mile race came to fruition Saturday.

Trapp placed second - his highest finish in the event - cutting nearly five minutes off his previous best time set last year.

"Second-place is really good," Trapp said. "I mean, the intent is to win, but I knew going in it was going to be tough."

Trapp finished five minutes behind eight-time winner Jason Saitta.

"That guy is tough to beat," Trapp said. "He's won it eight of the last nine years."

Trapp's best previous finish was third a year ago, and he said he knows what vaulted him up a position this year.

"I trained a lot harder than I have before," he said. "I did a lot of interval work and ran a whole lot."

Trapp hasn't been hard to miss to Craig residents lately.

Just about every day you could see him running down any given road, iPod ear buds hanging from his head, long strides taking him faster than most could imagine.

"I worked a lot on my pacing around town," he said. "People always see me, and hopefully now they know what I was doing."

Trapp said pacing played an integral role in this year's race.

"The last few years, I was kind of tentative at the start of the race," he said. "This year, I came out strong and went after it. I started in the fourth spot.

"One guy dropped out of the lead pack about halfway through, then I passed another guy around mile 18 or 19. I just gradually worked my way up."

As a running coach at the high school, Trapp said he hopes some of his athletes take a little bit away from his result.

"It won't impact how I coach, they all know I run," he said. "I just think it's good for them to know that I'm doing the same as them. I'm going through the same struggles as they are."

Trapp's time qualified him for the Boston Marathon, an event he said he's not sure he will attend.

A Steamboat summer running series is in his sights and possibly a triathlon or two.

But, according to Trapp, running and swimming are two completely different things.

"I have to be able to swim without water wings first," he said. "Until then, it's PB&J, with regular jelly."

Comments

dormann 6 years, 6 months ago

That is a pretty good effort for an aging 30 year old!!! Great job Trapper!!

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