On the Record for June 5, 2012
Knee surgeries, pregnancy no obstacle for Craig resident in half marathon
Craig resident David Pressgrove was a bit disappointed in his effort at the Steamboat Half-Marathon on Sunday, but he had nothing but praise for his wife’s performance in the race. “She’s tough. She’s a lot more mentally tough than I am,” said Pressgrove, 32. “I watched her race in college and was always impressed with her mental toughness.” Jennifer Pressgrove, a Moffat County High School assistant girls cross-country coach, displayed that toughness in finishing 11th among women and 50th overall with a time of 1:39:02. She accomplished the feat while running 12 weeks pregnant. Jennifer, 29, is the mother of two sons, Ryun, 2, and Jonas, 15 months. With a third on the way, she was not running in peak physical condition Sunday, but she was pleased with the effort nonetheless.
I got caught up in "The Hunger Games" pandemonium that served to promote the movie (which I haven’t seen) and spent the past two weeks finishing up "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay." The series was a great read and I would recommend it to everyone who isn’t too squeamish about death, torture, and mayhem. Without question the hero is an intriguing character called into action by virtue of a desperate attempt to survive her time as a contestant in the games that are designed to remind all of the “Districts” who is in control. I suppose because I am an English teacher, my fault is that whatever I read, I take meaning from and find it difficult to see any book as merely entertainment.
With over 800 runners hailing from Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Boulder and Steamboat Springs, among others, the competition in the Steamboat Half-Marathon was steep. But Craig bested all its larger Colorado counterparts, placing seven runners in the top 50, more than any other city represented in the race. Craig was led by Todd Trapp, who finished second with a time of 1:19:37. Trapp met his goal time in the race, but was hoping to win the race as well. “My goal was to run between 1:20 and 1:25, so to be under 1:20 was something I was happy with,” Trapp said. “It’s tough because I wanted to win the race, but the other guy ran tougher.”