More than 575 runners from 30 states
and three countries participated in the
Durango Marathon weekends’ races, which, in addition
to the main event, included a two-person relay marathon,
a 5k run and a children’s 1k fun run.
“It was a really successful
weekend,” said Matt Kelly, event coordinator. “Everything
went wonderfully, and everybody came through at 110 percent.”
The overall winner was Mark Werner,
of Boulder, with a time of 2:38, who was closely followed
by Jon Ndungu, of Farmington (2:39). The women’s
winner was Lisa Mills, of Aurora, who turned in a time
of 3:22. In addition to these winners, several Durangoans
turned in respectable times, including Ken Flint (third),
Darrell Roberts (fifth), David Buck (12th), J. Burnite
(13th) and Marc Witkes (16th), to name a few. In the women’s
race, Durangoan Priscilla Blevins took 10th, with a time
of 3:43. She was followed by fellow Durangoans Sara Barron
(12th), Robin Favreau (13th), and Jaime Garner and Sherin
Clarke (tied for 20th). Overall, about 76 La Plata County
residents finished the 26.8-mile course.
Plans are already in the works for
next year’s race, which will take place Oct. 12,
Kelly said. As for taking a well-deserved vacation to
Disneyland, Kelly said no such luck.
“I’m actually training
for a marathon,” he said.