The 2017 Winter Sun 10k race was a big success, according to organizer Justin Ricks, with many local participants and a few from across the border in Colorado taking part in the event in downtown Moab on Saturday, Dec. 2.
James Roche, 30, of Fruita, Colo., was able to leave his competitors in the dust as he grabbed first place on a time of 34:21. Not to be outdone, however, local Grand County High School Red Devil runners Ryan Lewis and Evan Ellison placed second and third in the race overall. The Red Devils’ cross country team had a strong showing at the Winter Sun as well, with standout freshman Kylah Ricks finishing 29th overall and 6th in the women’s bracket on a time of 44:42.
The Winter Sun had some impressive runs from locals of all ages. Bella Welch, a member of the Grand County Run Club, was able to grab first place for the 13-and-under age bracket (38th overall) with a time of 46:51.
This was the last event to be hosted by Mad Moose this year and Ricks will be taking some time off until the Arches Ultra at the end of January 2018.
“We had a great year,” Ricks said. “All of our trail races saw positive growth, and we acquired four new races in 2017 including the Winter Sun.”
This will be Ricks’ third year at the helm of Mad Moose Events, and he’s excited with the momentum he sees picking up.
“Arches Ultra will be a brand new event. It already has close to 600 runners, which is unheard of,” Ricks said. “We were expecting half those numbers.” Ricks also noted that he is pleased with this year’s turnout, and he is, “looking forward to what 2018 will bring.”