Spring Runoff is a race for all ages

The 33rd annual Pueblo Chieftain-sponsored Spring Runoff this Sunday will be one for the ages. That’s as in ALL ages.

A check of the list of registered Runoff runners and walkers as of Wednesday morning showed 861 men, women and children have already signed up for 2-mile walk or the 5-kilometer, 10K and 10-mile runs. In the walk, their ages range from 4-year-old Jackson Leyh to 83-year-old Natalie Veges. Those signed up for one of the runs range from 7-year-olds Babes McCabe, Emma Rafferty and Samantha Stasia to 84-year-old John Holiman, all of whom are running the 5K race.

That total number doesn’t include the entries for the Funner to be a Runner 1-Mile race, which drew 265 participants last year. So, with registration continuing until Sunday morning, this year’s field will probably surpass last year’s record 1,195 finishers, which didn’t include the toddler race for kids 6 and under.

The 2-mile and 5K races will start at 9 a.m. in the Dutch Clark Stadium parking lot. This year, the 10K and 10-mile races will begin at 9:15 a.m. The toddler race will start around 10:45, with the Funner to be a Runner races taking off soon afterward. Both the toddler and Funner races are free, but those participants will not get shirts. Those entered in the 2-mile walk 5K, 10K and 10-mile races will get a black, long-sleeved technical shirt bearing the race logo, not a short-sleeved shirt as listed on the initial entry forms.

Race-day registration is available at Dutch Clark starting at 7 a.m. Sunday and will be cut off at 8:15 a.m. The registration fee through Saturday is $25, with the cost jumping to $35 on race day. Those who registered by Feb. 18 can pick up their race packets from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday or from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at The Pueblo Chieftain. On race day, packets must be picked up between 7 a.m. and 8:15 a.m.

Much more race information is available at www.socorunners.org.

Included in the huge field on Sunday will be a contingent of six runners from Chihuahua, Mexico through the efforts of the Pueblo Sister City Commission. They will be staying with host families, arriving on Friday and leaving on Sunday. The Commission’s Carlos Maldonado and Hilbert Navarro have been instrumental in making the arrangements. The Commission’s mission is to create a social and cultural awareness of different countries. The Sister City relationship with Mexico is one of a handful of partnerships that it has created.

Also, be sure to read the special article Terry Cathcart retiring as Spring Runoff director


Registration for the Triple Crown of Running in Manitou Springs will begin March 16. The series dates are the Garden of the Gods 10-Mile Run on June 12, the Summer Roundup Trail Run on July 10 and either the Pikes Peak Ascent or Marathon on Aug. 20 and 21, respectively. One notable change is that entrants can use only races run in the last three years (instead of five) for qualifying. This includes those who want to do both races. Those who are unable to register for the marathon, which fills quickly, can consider registering for the three-race series, where the odds of being admitted are much greater.

Congratulations are extended to all the local runners who won their age division in the four-race Winter Series that concluded last Saturday. In the short series they included Susan Marshall, 10-14 category; Mattie Jesmain, 15-19, Marti Marshall, 45-49; and Dave Diaz, 60-64. Long series winners were Aaron Levinson, 20-24; and Carol Kinzy, 60-64.


Canon City’s Marv Bradley has now earned the distinctive title of Mr. Ultraman. On New Year’s Day, Marv completed the 21st annual Team Slug Fattest Butt 50K (31 miles) Trail Run in Dover, Delaware in the time of 6 hours and 40 minutes. Now just a few weeks shy of his 72nd birthday, Marv has completed an ultramarathon in all 50 states. An ultramarathon is considered any race distance at least 50K. Joining him for the run was running partner Cheryl Cook-McCoy of Salida, who finished in 7:31.

All first-timers at a Team Slug race receive an official Team Slug T-shirt, and it will always be a special one among the hundreds of race T-shirts Bradley has amassed in his 20+ years of road racing. “You don’t know what to do with all of them, but it’s hard to part with any of them,” he said of his newest prized possession.

He has run marathons in all 50 states three times and has 26 more to go to complete the circuit four times. He plans to run 18 marathons this year and 10 more in 2012 to give him four 50-state circuits. Three weeks after the Team Slug run he finished the Maui Oceanfront Marathon in 4:39, then did the Mardi Gras Marathon in New Orleans in 4:55 on Feb. 13.

Although he didn’t start running until he turned 50, Bradley has now run 201 marathons, with 65 of them being ultras and six being 100-milers. He will turn 72 on March 26 and feels he might have another 100-miler in his system this year.

Marv averages one marathon or ultramarathon trip every two to three weeks. He said his secret is that “I recover real fast,” he said. “I’m really not sure why, but a couple of days later I’m ready to run again.” In fact, he’s done back-to-back marathons on a weekend.


The inaugural Kids Y Triathlon for kids, scheduled for April 16 at CSU-Pueblo, is modeled after the national Ironkids with three age divisions – 5-8 years old, 9-11 and 12-15. The field is limited to 150 participants, and details, course map and online registration are available at www.activepueblo.net/kidstri. The event will utilize the university’s indoor pool and the roads and paths around the campus.

Race Calendar

• Sunday – Spring Runoff, 1M, 2M walk, 5K, 10K & 10M, 9:00 a.m., Dutch Clark Stadium, 547-2777
• March 20 – Mad Max Trail Run (Prediction Series run), 4.6M & 10.3M, 8 a.m., Pueblo Nature Center, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
• April 9 – Ramsgate 8, 8K, 8 a.m., 8 Ramsgate in Belmont, 564-9633
• April 16 – Kids Y Triathlon, different division distances, 9 am, CSU-Pueblo, 543-5151
• April 17 – Arkansas Point Mountain Bike race, 10 am, Lake Pueblo, pueblobikerides.com/
• April23 – Spank Blasing Run, 5K & 10K runs and 2M walk, 10 am, CSU-Pueblo, 549-2013
• April 23 – Voodoo Fire Marathon mountain bike races, 9 a.m., Lake Pueblo, warriorscycling.com.
• May1 – Cinco de Mayo, 5K & 10K runs and 2M walk, 7:45 am, State Fairgrounds, 248-7468
• May 7 – John Neumann Panther Run, 5K run & 1.6M walk, 8 a.m., Pueblo City Park, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• May 7 – Blossom Day, 5K & 5M, 8 am, Centennial Park in Canon City
• May15 – Yappy Dog Run (Prediction Series race), 8.6M, 8 am, South Mesa Elementary School
• May 22 – Run with the Bulls, 5K, 8:45 am, Union Avenue Historic District

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