Osguthorpe wins 26th Fun Run
Mother Nature tried, but nothing could cool down Brad Osguthorpe on Monday morning.
The Park City High School (PCHS) assistant track coach and Weber State track legend blazed through the 4th of July 5K Mountain Fun Run in 15:29.1, almost a full minute ahead of his closest competitor, to win his second straight local race on the nation’s birthday.
More than 1,000 runners turned out for the Cole Sport-sponsored 5K, down slightly from 2009 numbers but still meeting fundraising goals for the Park City Ski Team, which received all proceeds. Temperatures dipped into the 50s as gray clouds hung over the course during early morning.
"It was actually great running weather," said Park City Ski Team director Jesse Hunt. "The clouds hung in there and kept it cool during the race; then right as we finished, the sun came out."
Osguthorpe was slightly off last year’s pace of 15:16.8, but volunteers at the finish line were amazed when almost 30 seconds passed before Houston’s Colin Carroll came into view behind him.
"This year’s race was definitely a little slower," said Osguthorpe, who thanked his family and wife Jenny for their support. "It was more of a workout-style race. I trained throughout the week."
Carroll finished 11th among men in the 2009 Houston Marathon after racing track and cross country at Rice University before a hiatus from competitive running. Now 25, he was in Summit County for a mathematics conference when he heard about the race and decided to sign up.
Carroll ran alongside Stephen Young for most of the race, with Young falling about seven seconds back by the finish. Current Park City High School runner Connor Gideon was fourth overall in 17:09 to lead the 15-18 age group. Lucas Brenwald won the 1-8 age category in 25:50.9, Andrew Miller ran 22:56.2 to win 9-11, and Kyle Beling took 12-14 top honors in 19:06.3.
Shalaya Kip won her third title on the women’s side at just 19 years old. Kip missed last year’s race after winning in 2007 and 2008, but she reclaimed her spot with a personal-best 17:40.0, beating the time of 2009 champion Ashley Robison by more than a minute. Currently entering her freshman season at the University of Colorado, she was formerly the Class 5A cross country champion as a runner for Skyline High School.
Professional triathlete Emma Garrard was second in 18:11.5. Sixteen-year-olds Katie Burford and Brook Holt crossed in third and fourth, respectively, while PCHS track coach and former University of Utah track standout Chelsea Shapard was fifth.
Olympic aerials gold medalist Nikki Stone and company won the baby jogger category in 24:05.4. Emi Pollard was the fastest in 1-8 girls in 32:02.2, Gabby Rockwood edged out Livi Rockwood to win 9-11 girls in 25:23.1, and Katy Greene won 12-14 in 21:22.3.
At least two basketball luminaries gave the event an extra helping of celebrity power, with Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor taking fifth in 60-64 at 25:06.0 and former NBA player Casey Jacobsen finishing in 25:57.5. Olympic skier Erik Schlopy also entered the race, as did many members past and current of PCST.
Starting at the base of the Eagle lift near the First Time parking lot at Park City Mountain Resort, the course took runners into Thaynes Canyon, around the Park City Golf Course and back down to a finish near PCMR.
"It is a challenging course," Hunt said. "There are a lot of rolling hills. We’ve had some great feedback on the course this year. The runners loved it."
The run was started by the owners of Cole Sport and Industrial Supply in 1984. They decided to devote all proceeds to the Park City Ski Team after their children got involved in racing with the program.
Full results are available at http://www.runnercard.com.
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