Perfect weather greets runners for half marathon

After a rainy and snowy Friday, the moisture cleared but left behind cool temperatures for Saturday's annual Pinedale Half Marathon.

"We lucked out with the weather," Sue Holz, one of the event's organizers, said. "It was great."

"The weather was perfect – it couldn't have been better," Jackson's Brent Peacock said. "There was no wind."

Just under 200 people ran in the half marathon and 10K races while dozens more took part in the one-mile fun run.

"We're pretty happy with the turnout," Holz said. "A lot of people signed up at the end, which was great."

Pinedale's Denise Tegeler was the fastest female and eighth-fastest runner overall to complete the half marathon. Tegeler finished in 1 hour, 46 minutes and 47.5 seconds.

She said she's run the race now 10 or 11 times. "You've got to support the community and it's great to run with your friends and family," Tegeler said.

Jackson's Michael Lutz ran the fastest half marathon, winning the men’s race in 1:26:10.9. His average mile along the 13.2-mile trek took him 6 minutes, 31.7 seconds to run.

Rock Springs' Hector Eduardo Ortega finished less than two minutes after Lutz to take second while Peacock finished third in 1:31:04.1.

Peacock competed in the Xterra Trail Run National Championships the week before in Ogden, Utah, but said the surface and the climbing made the Pinedale Half Marathon a tougher race. "This was a really hard half marathon because of all the climbing – there was nowhere flat," Peacock said. "It was awesome, though, and I'd definitely run it again. It was a really fun, difficult course."

This year's edition also featured a new route for the 10K. The race started at the Freemont Lake overlook and then the runners got to go downhill to Pinedale.

"With the 10K re-route, there was no cluster," Tegeler said.

"I like the route a lot better," Deb Baumer said. "It was nice starting at the beautiful overlook."

"I liked seeing the half marathoners," Scott Smith, Baumer's husband, said. "It was good. I finished (the 10K); it didn't finish me.

Baumer and Smith said they liked Pinedale so much after the 2014 race that they decided to move here. "The first time we did it, we liked Pinedale so much we bought a house," Smith said.

Pinedale's David Pawlowski ran the fastest 10K, taking first in 41:23.2.

Rock Springs' Emily Guyer was the female champion in the 10K. She ran the fourth-fastest overall time of 44:45.4.

Big Piney's McKenna Carnahan took the 10K title in the female under-19 division. Carnahan finished less than two seconds ahead of Daniel's Katelyn Hayward in 1:02:48.0.

Other local age group winners included Shanna Pearce, Laurie Latta, Roxana Jensen, Alexander Butler and Ric Samulski in the 10K and Holz and Bob Siefken in the half marathon.

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