Bolder Boulder International Women’s Team Challenge

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It was Ethiopia’s Amane Gobena taking a solid win at the 2016 Bolder Boulder International Team Challenge held on Memorial Day. 27 women made up 9 teams of elite runners from around the world competing for prize money and bragging rights. A hallmark of the race since 1998, teams of 3 athletes are invited to represent their country for country pride and one of the largest non-marathon prize purse in the country. Teams are scored cross-country style with points awarded on the basis of finishing place.

The elite women lined up first at the new start line on Folsom Street as crowds of spectators lined the streets. From the gun American Lindsey Scherf led out the pack afraid to get her heels clipped from the tight start. After the grouped seemed to get into the rhythm, it was Ethiopia’s Amane Gobena who would start to pull. The pack stayed together through the first 3 miles until Gobena threw in a surge covering the next mile in 5:20, putting between 5 and 15 seconds on the field. Her next mile she ran in 5:15 and added another 15 seconds over Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui of Kenya and Miyuki Uehara of Japan cementing her lead. Eventually Miyuki would over take Chepkoech Kipkirui up Folsom to take second behind Gobena.

The race for Team USA was close as the third runner for Ethiopia was struggling after 5k. Lindsey Sheri reacted to passing her.

That was a boost for me. In the last 5k I went by a Japanese runner and the Ethiopian and I knew we were duking it out with those two teams for top position. So once I went by, I knew I had to hold on to the positions I earned.

Team USA Red took 4th place led by 8th place finisher Alishia Williams, indcluded Tara Welling (10th) and Lindsey Scherf (11th). Team USA White was made up of Brianne Nelson (13th), Adrianna Nelson (14th) and Rochelle Kanuho (16th). Team USA Blue was Alia Gray (18th), Sara Slattery (24th) and Brittni Hutton (25th).

Team results below.

Photos of the 2016 Bolder Boulder International Team Challenge

The women's start of the 2016 Bolder Boulder International Team Challenge.

The women’s start of the 2016 Bolder Boulder International Team Challenge. Photo Peter N. Jones

From the start, Ruti Aga and Amane Gobena Team Ethiopia and Team USA Tara Welling.

From the start, Ruti Aga and Amane Gobena Team Ethiopia and Team USA Tara Welling. Photo Peter N. Jones

Amane Gobena of Ethiopia was the winner of the 2016 Bolder Boulder International Team Challenge.

Amane Gobena of Ethiopia was the winner of the 2016 Bolder Boulder International Team Challenge with a time of 33:39. Photo Peter N. Jones

The finish from a different perspective. The media is all ready for the winner to come through. Note thats Kara Goucher on the right holding the tape for the winner.

The finish from a different perspective. Note that’s Kara Goucher on the right holding the tape for the winner. Photo Todd Straka

Miyuki Uehara of Japan finished 2nd overall leading Team Japan to a second place finish in the International Team Challenge standings.

Miyuki Uehara of Japan finished 2nd overall leading Team Japan to a second place finish in the International Team Challenge standings. Photo Peter N. Jones

Golden's Alishia Williams fights hard through the line as the first American right behind Kenya's Gladys Kipsoi. They finished 7th and 8th overall.

Golden’s Alishia Williams fights hard through the line as the first American right behind Kenya’s Gladys Kipsoi. They finished 7th and 8th overall. Photo Peter N. Jones

Team USA Tara Welling who is a Skechers elite was the second American and 10th overall with a time of 34:54.

Team USA Tara Welling, a Skechers elite, was the second American and 10th overall with a time of 34:54. Photo Peter N. Jones

Lindsey Scherf of Team USA was right behind finishing 11th overall and rounded out Team USA Red's 4th place finish.

Lindsey Scherf of Team USA was right behind finishing 11th overall and rounded out Team USA Red’s 4th place finish. Photo Peter N. Jones

Brianne Nelson of Golden finished 13th overall. Bolder Boulder 2016

Brianne Nelson of Golden finished 13th overall. Photo Peter N. Jones

Adrianna Nelson finished 14th overall in the Bolder Boulder International Team Challenge

Adrianna Nelson finished 14th overall in the Bolder Boulder International Team Challenge. Photo Peter N. Jones

Sara Slattery, who was the last American to win the Bolder Boulder International Team Challenge 10 years ago, had a rough day from the start, but ran tough through the finish.

Sara Slattery, who was the last American to win the Bolder Boulder International Team Challenge 10 years ago, had a rough day from the start, but ran tough through the finish. Photo Peter N. Jones

Team USA members post race, Tara Welling, Brianne Nelson, Lindsey Scherf and Alishia Williams.

Team USA members post race, Tara Welling, Brianne Nelson, Lindsey Scherf and Alishia Williams. Photo Peter N. Jones

Team Japan took 2nd overall in the International Team Challenge led by Miyuki Uehara who was the 2nd overall individual.

Team Japan took 2nd overall in the International Team Challenge led by Miyuki Uehara who was the 2nd overall individual. Photo Peter N. Jones

Bolder Boulder International Team Results – Women

  1. KENYA 3 4 7 = 14
  2. JAPAN 2 6 12 = 20
  3. ETHIOPIA 1 9 15 = 25
  4. USA RED 8 10 11 = 29
  5. USA WHITE 13 14 16 = 43
  6. MEXICO 5 17 26 = 48
  7. ECUADOR 20 22 23 = 65
  8. USA BLUE 18 24 25 = 67
  9. BRAZIL 19 21 27 = 67

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