On Saturday the 28th January, Boulder Track Club (BTC) athletes will converged at Harlow Platts Park for the annual Fast and Flurry-ous 4 mile XC race staged by the Boulder Running Company.
The Fast and Flurry-ous was originally put together a few years back to give local runners the opportunity to race hard in order to tune their efforts before going off to the USATF Cross Country Nationals in February each year. But this year’s event was highly anticipated and talked about due to a newborn rivalry concept between the Boulder Track Club and the Boulder Running Company/ Adidas teams.
BTC and BRC/ Adidas will compete head-to-head in a 5 race series throughout 2012 with Race 1 being the Fast and Flurry-ous. The way the concept will work is the top 4 runners from each team will have their race times combined and the team with the lowest combined total time wins. Typically team scoring is based on place in the field, but what made it particularly interesting for this first race was that they combined both the Women’s and the Men’s team times.
First up was the women’s race with BTC’s Laura Thweatt dominating from the start. Laura was able to comfortably win the race in 22.24 from Ft. Collins athlete Adriana Nelson in 23:04 and Boulder’s Melody Fairchild 3rd running 23:22. Shannon Payne led the BRC/ Adidas women’s team home in 4th (23.43) and they easily beat the BTC women by 3mins and 6secs to take the points in Race 1 for the “Elva Dryer” perpetual trophy. Allison Sawyer was the BTC’s second best performance on the day in 8th (24.21), Mary Miller 23rd (26.43) and Jax Mariash 24th (26.48).
The men’s race was a much closer race early on with BTC’s Matt Tebo running controlled in the front pack with Colorado Springs John Mickowski and Boulder’s Christian Thompson. Tebo tried to break up the leading group just after half way but found the task to difficult with Mickowski taking the victory in 19.49, Thompson 2nd in 19.50 and Tebo fading to 3rd in 19.57.
The BTC men certainly atoned for the women, taking the team’s race for the “Mark Plaatjes” perpetual trophy at season’s end over BRC/ Adidas by 1min 48secs. The ever-reliable Clint Wells was BTC’s second best performer finishing 4th (20.10), then Josh Glaab 6th (20.27) and Curtis Begley 7th (20.28) rounding out the club’s top performers. Loren Ahonen for team BRC/ Adidas was their best performer on the day finishing 5th (20.16).
By comparison, last year’s race was won by BTC’s Jason Hartman who ran 21:05. That was bested by the top 12 of the field today and Joanna Zieger ran 24:21 last year which would have been good for 8th today.
“Today has been as a major success,” claimed coach of the Boulder Track Club, Lee Troop. “It was exciting to hear from all my athletes the enjoyment they got from the race today. The crowds overwhelming support and encouragement for the BTC athletes made them realize that they were not out there racing for themselves. The new race series component has added an extra element to their performance and today was about representing the club, sponsors, supporters but more importantly the community”.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Cody Hill from BRC/ Adidas for embracing the concept and congratulate his team on the women’s victory as well as the overall victory. I would also like to thank Fast and Flurry-ous race director Henry Guzman for allowing us to conduct this rivalry concept within his event.” added Troop.
BRC/Addidas’ Adam Rich remarked: “The competition was great and everybody came to the event ready to give it their all. Hats off to the Boulder Track Club as they had the better team today and ran very well. The race series with them should be interesting and offer a good challenge for both teams as the races progress.”
The rivalry will be staged over 5 races (Race 2 – Bolder Boulder 10km/ Race 3 – Classic 10km Colorado Springs/ Race 4 – RMAC XC race Colorado Springs / Race 5 – The Fort Collins Thanksgiving Day Run), the team with the most wins at the end of the year, will receive the Mark Plaatjes Perpetual Trophy (Men) and the Elva Dryer Perpetual Trophy (Women).
Photos by BoulderRunner
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View other photos from Jim Heuck.
|1.||119||Laura Thweatt||Boulder CO||23||22:24||5:28||20 to 24||1st|
|2.||214||Adriana Nelson||Fort Collins CO||31||23:04||5:38||30 to 34||1st|
|3.||170||Melody Fairchild||Boulder CO||38||23:22||5:42||35 to 39||1st|
|4.||222||Shannon Payne||Colorado Springs CO||26||23:43||5:47||25 to 29||1st|
|5.||245||Melissa Todd||Timnath CO||37||23:47||5:48||35 to 39||2nd|
|6.||177||Rachel Gioscia-Ryan||Colorado Springs CO||25||23:58||5:51||25 to 29||2nd|
|7.||147||Kathy Butler||Nederland CO||38||23:59||5:51||35 to 39||3rd|
|8.||100||Allison Sawyer||Boulder CO||22||24:21||5:57||20 to 24||2nd|
|9.||162||Elise Cranny||Longmont CO||15||24:26||5:58||15 to 19||1st|
|10.||215||Kristen Nichols||Colorado Springs CO||24||24:40||6:01||20 to 24||3rd|
|11.||254||Lori Walker||Colorado Springs CO||28||24:49||6:04||25 to 29||3rd|
|12.||144||Ashley Birger-Luna||27||25:14||6:10||25 to 29||4th|
|13.||145||Tressa Breindel||Boulder CO||33||25:16||6:10||30 to 34||2nd|
|14.||261||Joanna Zeiger||Boulder CO||44||25:21||6:11||40 to 44||1st|
|15.||269||Janeth C Alder||Boulder CO||37||25:27||6:13||35 to 39||4th|
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|1.||76||John Mickowski||Colorado Springs CO||25||19:49||4:50||25 to 29||1st|
|2.||118||Christian Thompson||Boulder CO||23||19:50||4:51||20 to 24||1st|
|3.||298||Matt Tebo||Boulder CO||22||19:57||4:52||20 to 24||2nd|
|4.||130||Clint Wells||Louisville CO||36||20:10||4:56||35 to 39||1st|
|5.||139||Loren Ahonen||Colorado Springs CO||24||20:16||4:57||20 to 24||3rd|
|6.||52||Joshua Glaab||Superior CO||29||20:27||5:00||25 to 29||2nd|
|7.||9||Curtis Begley||Boulder CO||24||20:28||5:00||20 to 24||4th|
|8.||85||Chris Mulvany||Boulder CO||24||20:41||5:03||20 to 24||5th|
|9.||228||Adam Rich||Colorado Springs CO||30||20:48||5:05||30 to 34||1st|
|10.||256||Robby Young||Colorado Springs CO||26||20:49||5:05||25 to 29||3rd|
|11.||167||Jason Delaney||Colorado Springs CO||31||20:57||5:07||30 to 34||2nd|
|12.||226||Bobby Reyes||Boulder CO||27||20:59||5:08||25 to 29||4th|
|13.||205||Jay Luna||Colorado Springs CO||28||21:11||5:10||25 to 29||5th|
|14.||216||Ewen North||Louisville CO||33||21:28||5:15||30 to 34||3rd|
|15.||133||Jordan Wilson||Fort Collins CO||24||21:44||5:18||20 to 24||6th|
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