Manitou 2014 was every bit as successful as the inaugural year. The weather was nearly perfect and less hot and humid than last year. There were 68 official finishers out of 88 starters (with relay teams counted as one runner). The course was about 2 miles shorter this year, since we were able to avoid running on roads after leaving Platte Clove aid station. Times were expected to be faster, but no one expected them to be a whole hour faster. Jan Wellford won a hard fought men’s race in 10:50, defeating Ben Nephew, Brian Rusiecki and Ryan Welts. Ashley Lister easily won the women’s race for the second year in a row with a time of 12:37. Many more runners finished during daylight hours. The aid station people and sweeps were terrific and buoyed the spirits of the runners. Next year’s race will be held on June 20-21, 2015. Registration will open up on Feb. 1.
Race Reports and Photos:
Ashley Lister’s Race Report