To start the day, over 120 runners tackled the Vail Pass Half Marathon, which climbed over 2,900 feet to a finish above 10,000 feet. Josh Eberly from Gunnison, Colorado, crossed the finish line first with a time of 1:23:59. Megan Lizotte from Basalt, Colorado, claimed first place for the women in 1:43:56.
At the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Bouldering World Cup, Anna Stohr of Austria claimed her third straight victory in Vail, with another dominating performance on the climbing wall. Akiyo Noguchi of Japan finished in second and Alex Puccio from Boulder, Colorado, was the top American competitor in third. In the men’s competition Dmitrii Sharafutdinov of Russia claimed gold with his countryman Rustam Gelmanov in second and Jorg Verhoeven of the Netherlands in third.
In the X-County Mountain Bike Race presented by Thule, there were a couple of surprise winners. Erin Huck (Tokyo Joes) had of break out performance, beating a field that included a national champion and an Olympian, to collect the $3,000 first prize and a Gerber Golden Axe. Huck finished in 1:42:42, ahead of second place finisher Evelyn Dong (White Pine Touring) and national cyclocross champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective). Olympian Georgia Gould (Luna) finished in sixth place.
On the men’s side, 20-year-old Howard Grotts (Specialized) took charge of the race early on and held off an impressive field of competitors. Grotts, a two-time national collegiate cross country champion from Durango, finished in 1:21:42, beating second place finisher Alex Grant (Sho-Air/Cannondale) by over three minutes. Troy Wells (CLIF Bar) finished in third.
On the water at the Bud Light Lime Pro Kayak Freestyle presented by Eddie Bauer, Nick Troutman of Rock Island, Tennessee, beat his Jackson Kayak teammate and brother-in-law Dane Jackson with a combination of impressive moves that scored him over 1,300 points. Adam Chappelle of Stittsville, Ontario, another team Jackson kayaker, finished in third. In the women’s freestyle, Sage Donnelly, a 12-year-old with Type 1 diabetes, won the competition with a score of 410. The reigning Mountain Games multi-time freestyle champion Emily Jackson (Nick Troutman’s wife) still managed to compete at eight months pregnant, and finished in sixth.
In the Bud Light Lime Down River Sprint, Mike Dawson of New Zealand and Martina Wegman from The Netherlands, winners of yesterday’s Steep Creek Championships, and winners of the sprint race last year, both had repeat victories today with winning times of 18:01.74 and 18:42.56, respectively.