Burrell takes Gold in First Boulder Mountain Marathon

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Galen Burrell wins the first ever Boulder Mountain Marathon on May 15, 2016.

Runners gathered around small fire pits in the historic mining town of Gold Hill trying to stay warm as they waited for the start of the first ever Boulder Mountain Marathon organized by Flatirons Running Events. While May rain clouds shrouded the Boulder valley just a few miles below, the skies were blue and conditions grew comfortable, perfect for running at the 7:00 am start. A modest field took on the course starting at 8,300′ heading west on Gold Hill Road before turning onto the Switzerland Trail which hosted most of the course. [Boulder Mountain Marathon Course Preview]. Even for a first time event, the stoke factor was high as local trail running icons like Anton Krupicka, Scott Jurek and Darcy Piceu came out to support the runners along the route.

Galen Burrell, who just moved back to Boulder, raced shoulder to shoulder with David Glennon along the 26.2+ miles with 2,929′ of elevation gain, before edging him out for the win with a time of 3:00:20. Glennon finished right behind with a time of 3:02:05.

As Burrell holds his first place prize, an axe with the Four Mile Fire department logo on the head and 1st place finisher on the handle he commented on Instagram,

“Not sure I fit the lumberjack mold, but I try. A sweet day of high altitude trails and new/old friends at the Inaugural Boulder Mountain Marathon. Congrats to all who participated and thanks to those who made it happen, fun times were had by all.”

Course designer Joe Grant was out on the course capturing images from the early miles of the race.

@galengray leading @david.glennon in the early miles of the inaugural Boulder Mountain Marathon. Thank you to everyone who came out to support and run the marathon and 10 mile ascent! #boulder #colorado

A photo posted by Joe Grant (@alpineworks) on

Maggie Walsh was the first female finisher with a time of 3:42:48. Vicki Hunter, the first Women’s Master finisher loved the whole race, “I loved all parts of the Switzerland trail and the Pennsylvania Gulch,” she relayed.

Full results of the Boulder Mountain Marathon.

Photos from the Boulder Mountain Marathon and 10 Mile Ascent

The race was paired with a 10 mile ascent race starting at the foot of Four Mile Canyon at the A-Lodge. Chris Grauch led the charge up the canyon and finished first in a time of 1:12:21.

“It was a fun race. Great to have a local Boulder mountain race, a rare treat.” Grauch commented. “Henry did a fantastic job of organizing the event, as he always does with the races he puts on. It was such a treat to finish at the Gold Hill Lodge complete with live bluegrass and a well stocked lunch table! Good times made even better by supporting the Fourmile Fire Department.”

He was followed by Brad Seng, Brent Knight, Jeff Schuler, Jeremy Duncan, John Glennon, Adam Loomis Sara Kadlec who was the first female in 1:17:33, then William Doerrmann and 2nd female Amanda Lee to round out the top 10 finishers.

Full results from the 10 miler.

Salomon and Trail Runner Magazine Apres Party

Trail Runner Magazine and Salomon teamed up to provide an after race party for the community. Ryan Lassen, Salomon’s local community manager was excited for the opportunity to be there.

“The after party was a blast. Families everywhere, free RAD food and Avery beer. Yard games being played. Live bluegrass music. Folks getting to brush shoulders with local trail running elite (Timothy Olsen, Ryan Smith, Joe Grant, Anton.. and I hear Darcy and Scott J were out volunteering).

“Even if you didn’t race, it was a fun place to be. (Until the thunderstorms came in at 1). I think this race is going to be huge the next year or two. I can’t wait to come back!”

All proceeds benefit the Fourmile Fire Protection District.

4 thoughts on “Burrell takes Gold in First Boulder Mountain Marathon”

  1. georgezack says:

    Maggie Walsh for the win on the women’s side actually.

    1. BoulderRunner says:

      Gersh dern it. Thanks GZ.

  2. Mike Hugus says:

    Great report and photos! The after party was one of the most laid back and stoked I’ve seen. I posted a couple pics on my instagram, @hugusphotos. Will upload the rest onto google photos as soon as I can.

    1. BoulderRunner says:

      Thanks Mike, much appreciated. Nice that you were there to enjoy. Looking forward to checking out more of your photos!

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