More than 400 runners brave cold weather for Winter Sun 10k
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Jim Lewis of Moab was among the top finishers in this year’s Winter Sun 10k. 
Photo courtesy of Zazoosh Media
Jim Lewis of Moab was among the top finishers in this year’s Winter Sun 10k. Photo courtesy of Zazoosh Media
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Temperatures in the low 20s on Saturday brought out more than 400 bundled runners for the 31st annual Winter Sun 10k run.

Dewayne Miner, 42, of New Castle, Colo., edged out Kevin Donoher of Grand Junction, Colo., to win the event. Miner clocked a winning time of 33 minutes, 20 seconds, according to a news release from race organizers.

Esmeralda Martinez-Ramos, also from Grand Junction, was the first woman finisher with a time of 40:20. Last year’s overall winner, Marty Wacker, took top master honors and placed third overall, finishing in a time of 34:55. The top female master winner was Mary Cote, 49, from Basalt, who completed the race in 41:59.

Moab runners were well represented among the top finishers: Kevin Walker (39:11), Jim Lewis (41:01) and Lauren Atkinson (41:39) finished seventy, 12th, and 17th, respectively. In all, just over 60 Moab runners competed in the event, said race director Ranna Bieschke.

The wintry weather was a drastic change from the 60-degree temperatures of the 2012 race.

“It wasn’t a PR [personal record] day like last year,” said Moab resident Lauren Atkinson. “Course conditions were a little slick in a few places, snow was blowing and it was cold, but everyone still had a great time! The race is always a great way to wrap up Moab’s busy event year. It’s awesome to see locals out there having fun!”

The weather did force organizers to implement some changes in logistics.

“We added a few more fires at the start to keep runners warm before the race, and since the football field was covered in snow, we moved the finish line party, awards ceremony and raffle inside the high school.” said crew member Katy Robertson.

After the race, runners packed the commons area and cafeteria of Grand County High School, hoping to win one of several prizes donated by local businesses for a prize drawing. In addition to the 17 businesses that contributed to the drawing, more than 40 volunteers and staff helped at the start, finish and on the course, including the Green Team from Canyonlands Community Recycling, which sorted trash, compost and recyclables.

Group, volunteer and sponsor participation is part of an ongoing effort to both involve and affect the community, Bieschke said.

“Everybody [associated with the race] helps create a festive experience for our participants,” Bieschke said. “Even though it was a cold morning, the runners by and large enjoyed the snowy, wintry weather bestowed by Mother Nature. I’m especially grateful to the volunteers enduring the cold temperatures. They were real troopers.”

Next year’s Winter Sun 10k is scheduled to be run on Dec. 6. Complete results from the 2013 race are available online at www.moabhalfmarathon.com.


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