Craig Whether consisting of 6.2, 13.1 or 26.2 miles, race running requires focus and determination. This is well known to the Craig residents who participated in the events of Sunday's Steamboat Marathon.
Racers took their respective places at 7:30 a.m., prepared for the long road ahead of them. Besides the full 26.2-mile marathon that began at Hahn's Peak Village, there was a 13.1-mile half marathon starting at Moon Hill and the 10-kilometer (6.2 miles) Run & Walk that started at Steamboat's Fifth Street.
Of the 1,656 overall people who completed the three races, 18 represented Craig. Derek Duran, 21, finished 22nd in the 10K with a time of 45 minutes, 16 seconds.
"It was tough and there were a lot of hills, but it was a good course," he said. "I was in track in high school, so that helped me in my training."
Duran graduated from Moffat County High School in 2006. His time in the 10K won him first place in the 21 to 24 age bracket.
"I won a jacket," he said. "I really did better than I expected. I was just happy to finish without having to start walking."
Duran plans to run the 10K again next year.
"It's a good goal and a way to keep in shape, but there's no way I'm doing a full marathon," he said. "I might try the half marathon someday."
The McNicol family ran the half marathon.
In the men's division, son Mike, 18, finished 24th, and his father Jim, 46, finished 132nd. Mother Cindy crossed the finish line 36th in the women's division.
"Mike did great even though he had been injured during the track season and couldn't train," Cindy said. "We recently ran the Bolder Boulder, and he did pretty well there, too. We all did good, but I think Jim was hurt by the fact that I beat him."
Cindy clocked in at 1:47.9, while Jim's finishing time was 1:54.27. Cindy also won eighth place, time-wise, for women older than 40.
"We'll all keep running for as long as we can," she said. "It's part of our lifestyle."
Cindy and Mike plan to compete in the San Francisco Marathon in August. She also intends to run in the 24th annual 10K at 10,000 Feet at Rabbit Ears Pass in September.
For MCHS teacher Lance Scranton, the race was about the journey involved.
"Ken Olinger and I ran to get focus," he said. "Our big accomplishment was just to finish. We didn't care how we placed."
Scranton, 44, and Olinger, 35, both finished with a time of 2:45.54, placing 285th and 286th, respectively.
"Running the half marathon really made us appreciate the discipline that guys like (Todd) Trapp have," Scranton said.
MCHS teacher Trapp, 29, was the only Craig resident to complete the full marathon, and had the highest finish among the town's participants. He placed 2nd with a time of 2:41.56.
Andy Bockelman can be reached at (970) 875-1796