Sunday, June 4, 2006
Steamboat Springs Sunday's 10-kilometer race portion of the Steamboat Marathon was a family affair for many of the 350 participants.
Taking home top honors with a winning time of 35 minutes, 22 seconds, Steamboat resident J.J. Huie ran the race with his father Lou and mother Jan, who came from Colorado Springs to race with their son.
"It's a family tradition. Any time we get to do a race in another city is special," Huie said.
"He doesn't get his talent from me," said an exhausted Jan Huie, who, despite her modesty, managed to finish fourth in her age class.
Fresh off his May 20 Hayden Cog Run win, Huie again dominated in the challenging course, averaging five minutes, 42 seconds per mile, in what he said was preparation for the grueling Pikes Peak Ascent race in August.
"It's a hilly course, but anywhere you go running in Steamboat is hilly," Huie said.
Christine Knight, the female 10K winner, was also in town with family.
"I just got in last night and saw that there was a race," Knight said. "I went out to celebrate a birthday last night with my sister and mom -- let's just say I'm hurting now," Knight said.
Overcoming the late night out was no problem for the professional duathlon runner who just returned from last week's Long Distance Duathlon World Championships in Denmark.
"This is a beautiful race, and it's great for speed work," said Knight, who lives near Lafayette.
Steamboat resident Greg Long, taking second place with a time of 39:06, agreed with Knight about the impeccable weather for the race, especially compared with past years.
"The weather was absolutely ideal," Long said.
In his sixth year directing the race events, Paul Sachs couldn't be more enthusiastic about the cooperation of the weather and the coordination of hundreds of volunteers.
"It was awesome, no snags," Sachs said. "It went incredibly smooth. I have no complaints, only compliments. The volunteers and Chamber staff did a fantastic job. Most importantly, the runners were happy. As long as the runners have a good time, that's really all that matters."