Todd Trapp is used to finishing in the top three during the Steamboat Springs Marathon.
In 2007, Trapp finished third and a year later took second place.
Last year, the Moffat County High School teacher, track and cross-country coach, again finished in second place.
On Sunday, it was more of the same for Trapp in Steamboat.
In the 30th annual marathon, Trapp crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 51 minutes, 2 seconds — good for second place.
“I think I did alright,” Trapp said after the race. “It was nothing special, but second place is a good finish.”
Gabriel Small, a Boulder resident, won the race in 2:41:02 and Andrew Maxwell of Louisville took third in 2:54:12.
Trapp edged Small in last year’s race by two minutes, but running his slowest time of his four appearances, Trapp said it wasn’t his day to win.
“I’m not sure why, but I just didn’t feel the greatest,” he said of his time. “I came in wanting a top three finish, so it was a good race overall.”
The 26.2-mile race isn’t just something you just decide to do, Trapp said, with training and preparation needed to compete.
“It is a huge race with people from the Front Range and some of the best competition,” he said. “I train all through the winter and the spring and it is just one of those things I put on my calendar every year and get ready for.”
Included in Trapp’s training regiment are three or four 5:30 a.m. runs each week, running with his athletes during track season and one long run per week.
“The last two months I really start building up,” he said. “I’ll start with a 15-mile run and move up to 17, 19, 21 and 23. The training helps build stamina and my confidence.”
The length, Trapp said, still gets in his head as the race approaches an end.
At about 24 miles, Trapp said he started feeling the pain and hitting the wall and had one thing on his mind.
“Through the last mile all I could think about was that it would be nice to sit down,” he said. “When you finish, it feels good to be done and it feels like you accomplished something.”
More than 2,000 runners competed in the three events in Steamboat on Sunday.
Along with Trapp in the marathon, Craig was well represented in the half-marathon and the 10K race.
Derek Duran, 23, won the 10K 20- to 24-age division in 43:37.
“I wanted to get back to running and get back in shape,” Duran, a lifelong Craig resident, said. “I am shooting to run a half marathon soon and I thought a 10K would be good training.”
Duran said the 10K, while the shortest race, is a “speedy race.”
“When everyone starts, they go out pretty quick,” he said. “I had to set a good pace right from the start and there was a group of four of us at the end. We pushed each other and it helped me finish strong.”
Richard Wildenhaus, who served as MCHS athletic director the past two years, ran the half-marathon — the longest race he has competed in.
Wildenhaus finished the 13.1-mile race in 1:52:00.
“My training paid off well,” Wildenhaus said. “When you train, it is a lot of lonely runs. (Sunday), there were a lot of people to work off of and I ran my fastest pace ever.”
While the race was as expected, Wildenhaus said the finish was “as good as it gets.”
“As I got into my last few miles, I started hearing people ringing the cow bells,” he said. “There are a lot of people who cheer for you that don’t even know who you are, and that really pushed me the last mile.”
Mike Tucci, a 49-year-old Craig resident, ran for his fifth time in Steamboat.
Tucci finished the half marathon in 2:19:55 — a personal record.
“I’m pretty happy with my performance,” he said. “I am an old guy, so to run my fastest time at 49 makes me pretty happy.”
Joshua Gordon can be reached at 875-1795 or at email@example.com.
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