Run, run, run. And run some more.
The regional running scene remains in high gear as summer heads toward fall.
The annual Imogene Pass Run, a 17-mile high-altitude test in the San Juan Mountains, will be run again Saturday. The field for the race is full. No more entries will be accepted for 2010.
The race goes from Ouray to Telluride via Imogene Pass.
Look for a number of Durango-based runners to fare well in the mountain trail run.
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Speaking of running, the annual Silverton Alpine Marathon and Silverton Alpine 50K were held two weeks ago on the trails and roads around Silverton.
David Buck of Durango, who won the Kendall Mountain Run earlier this summer, doubled with his victory in the 2010 Silverton Alpine 50K. He completed the course in 4 hours, 26 minutes, 10 seconds.
Buck is the wire editor at The Durango Herald.
Tom Ober of Durango was second, 20 minutes back.
Jeremy Duncan of Carbondale was third. Craig Spearman of Durango was fourth with James Breyfogle of Rio Rancho, N.M., fifth.
Kellie Baker of Crested Butte was the first woman finisher. She was eighth overall.
In the Silverton Alpine Marathon, Sarah Wilcox of Durango was the overall winner.
Lisa Erikson of Boulder made it 1-2 for the women in the Aug. 28 mountain marathon.
Wilcox finished in 4:52:32. Erikson was next in 5:20:12.
Ken Webb of Silverton won the men’s division. He was third overall in 5:37:40.
All of the funds raised in the Silverton Alpine Marathon and the Silverton Alpine 50K will go to the sports programs at the Silverton schools.
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Durango’s Shonny Vanlandingham, who will compete in the Xterra World Championships in Hawaii later this month, finished second in the Xterra Mexico Championship in Valle de Mexico last weekend.
Vanlandingham, the defending women’s champion in the event, finished behind Mexico’s own Fabiola Corona this year.
But Vanlandingham lost time on the course when she took a wrong turn as she was following a group of riders from the men’s pro class.
“I should have known better because I made the same mistake on a pre-ride,” Vanlandingham told the Xterra race organizers.
“I saw the double Jeep track and knew it was wrong,” Vanlandingham said.
When she got back on course, she was eight minutes behind Corona. On the second fast lap, Vanlandingham made up four minutes.
But on the run portion of the backcountry triathlon, Corona held off Vanlandingham.
Corona had started the race with a two-minute swim advantage over Vanlandingham.
“I know how fast Shonny is, so I try to put as much time as possible in the swim,” Corona told the Xterra officials.
“Then I say pedal hard. Shonny is coming, pedal hard,” said Corona,” a member of the Olympic team from Mexico (triathlon). American Seth Wealing successfully defending his men’s title.
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More Xterra Triathlon updates: The Xterrra Canada Championship was conducted at Whistler, B.C., last weekend.
Brandon Rakita of Durango finished third in the men’s pro division. He trailed only winner Josiah Middaugh of Vail and Mike Vine of Canada.
Melanie McQuaid of Canada won the women’s race.