Drew Morris of Craig works his way up a hill during the Steamboat half marathon Sunday in Steamboat Springs. Morris finished with one of his best times at the distance, coming in at 1:45:40. Another 12 runners from Craig completed the half marathon Sunday.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Drew Morris of Craig works his way up a hill during the Steamboat half marathon Sunday in Steamboat Springs. Morris finished with one of his best times at the distance, coming in at 1:45:40. Another 12 runners from Craig completed the half marathon Sunday.

Craig runners fill results sheets at Steamboat Marathon

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Craig runners at the Steamboat Marathon

Full marathon

Trinidad Loya III 3:56:01, Kevin Kernen, Jnl Linsacum

Half marathon

Drew Morris, Aric Harper, Janie Dunckley, Michelle Tucker, KC Hume, Casey Kilpatrick, Kurtis Buck, Aubrey Ripkoski, Stephanie Murr, Michael Tucci, Kelly Crowl, Cristal Ferguson, Heidi Acord-Meats

10k

Shane Ridnour, Kristin Allen, Rachel Case, Leigh Papierski, Katie Haskins, Christine Marks-Neece, Jeanne Macomber, Dana Kirby, Jen Ridnour

It was only right for runners from Steamboat Springs to take home the men and women’s marathon crowns at the Steamboat Marathon. But runners from Craig also turned out and successfully represented the town from the across the Yampa Valley on Sunday.

A strong contingent from Craig showed up to test their training on the difficult, hilly courses of the marathon, half marathon and 10-kilometer race. According to the results online, 25 people from Craig crossed the finish line in one of the three races.

The top finisher from Craig in the full marathon was Trinidad Loya III, 31, who took 68th place with a finishing time of 3 hours, 56 minutes and one second. While the time was not near his goal time of 3:30, Loya wasn’t too disappointed about finishing his first full marathon after running the Steamboat half in 2011 and 2012.

“I thought I would try something different this year,” he said. “The first half I ran really good. I was at about 1:40, but then I started to cramp up and it fell apart. It was good to finish it though, and I knew no matter how bad I was hurting, I was going to finish.”

Loya was one of three people from Craig to finish the full marathon, accompanied by Kevin Kernen, 38, and Jnl Linsacum, 54.

In the half marathon, the top finisher from Craig was Drew Morris. Having run several half marathons in the past, Morris was especially pleased to see his hard training pay off in the form of a 1:45:40 finish.

“I ran much faster than I did in previous years,” Morris said. “It felt really good, actually. I started (training) earlier, ran longer more often and just pushed myself more every time I went out.”

Morris ran a 1:44 in the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon previously but knew the Steamboat course is considerably tougher. Sunday was his best race to date, he said.

Both runners were excited to see Craig well represented in more than 1,500 total participants. Loya also finished high in the BolderBoulder 10k May 27, which was another recent race where a large Craig contingent showed up. He thinks running is starting to catch on in Craig.

“It’s definitely cool seeing people from Craig (at races),” Loya said. “I think it’s starting to catch on here in town. The people that own Trapper, they’re helping people train, and they had a team out in Boulder. Another guy we have at the power plant, he ran his first race. I think I’ve noticed it getting bigger.”

Morris knows running does not have a major following in Craig, but he likes to see the city represented at events outside of town.

“There’s usually a really good turnout from Craig (in Steamboat),” he said. “I feel like I see more and more people every year. People do really well. They come out and compete and represent Craig.”

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com

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