Matt Tebo and Kayoko Fukushi win at Avery’s Four on the Fourth 4k. 

Superior Downhill Mile

While the sun was just peaking up over the morning clouds in an early fireworks display, the day of local Fourth of  July races were just about to kick off. At 7am after the formalities of our national anthem, a smaller-than-normal field took off with the wind at their backs and plenty of downhill in front of them. Immediately after the gun, Hunter Stayton, 25 of Erie, took to the front and maintained his lead through the bottom of the hill to finish in 4:05. Jason Simpson followed just behind him running 4:09, and Chris Christoff took 3rd overall in 4:22.

On the women’s side it was Lindsey Putman, who put in a strong final kick to edge out Laura Pifer both running 4:36. Leora Garcia, 31 from Fort Collins was 3rd with a time of 4:50.

Full results of the Superior Downhill Mile

Avery’s Four on the Fourth 4k

Avery’s Four on the Fourth drew a record crowd selling out at 650 people this year. While the clouds provided a bit of shelter, the weather heated up quickly by the 9 am start. Winding through the tight twisty course and around the field, Matt Tebo came out in front of Shohei Tomita and Joe Zamadics running 1, 2, 3 with times of 12:14, 12:22 and 12:58.

Kayoko Fukushi from Japan, a 3 time Olympian, who is here to train over the summer, took the overall win in 13:35, Maddie Alm and Amanda Scott round out the top 3.

Full results of the Avery’s Four on the Fourth 4k

Matt Tebo and Kayoko Fukushi sit on the "podium". Overall winners of the 4k take home their weight in beer from Avery's Brewing.

Matt Tebo and Kayoko Fukushi sit on the “podium”. Overall winners of the 4k take home their weight in beer from Avery’s Brewing.

Strong Hudson Elite showing around the US

At the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, Neely Spence Gracey took 4th overall, running 33:35. Hudson Elite’s Kara Lubieniecki 35:55 for 17th. Results »

Hudson Elite road racer Addie Bracy recently took to the hills after a frustrating year of hoping to earn a qualifying time to get to the Olympic Trials. “It is hard to let go of the dream of being in Eugene in 3 weeks after being there in 2012. But, I am accepting that it isn’t part of my journey.” Bracy noted on her Facebook feed in June.

After a quick crash course in trail running from teammate Matt Daniels It seems to have agreed with her as she took the win at the US Champs at Loon Mountain took the win earning her a spot on the U.S. Mountain Running Team that will compete in Bulgaria in September

Matt Daniels, also a recent trail running convert, took third at the race earning him a spot on the U.S. Mountain Running Team. Joe Grey from the Springs took top honors in the race, Boulder’s Andy Wacker took 6th just out of the team placements, and Chris Grauch was the top Master.

Full Results of the U.S. Mountain Running Championships

Olympic Trials Steeplechase

Emma Coburn and Shalaya Kipp made it through the first rounds of the 3k Steeple in the Olympic Trials. The finals are set for Thursday night and will be shown live on NBC Sports Network at 8:48 p.m. MT.

Emma Coburn and Shalaya Kipp in the 3k Steeplechase Olympic Trials

Emma Coburn and Shalaya Kipp in the first round of the 3k Steeplechase Olympic Trials – photo courtesy of CU Buffs