Cold, snow don’t bother runners at Rim Rock Marathon
Bernie Boettcher began the first Rim Rock Marathon covered in a garbage bag.
The 43-year-old Silt man kept it on Saturday for 18 of the 26.2-mile marathon over the Colorado National Monument.
“I have to admit, this was one of the hardest,” Boettcher said. “I really felt the extra couple miles and the weather certainly added a bit of nervous frustration for me. It was really snowing hard. If it did that the whole race, I would’ve been pretty worried.
“I couldn’t imagine what it was going to be like. We heard on this end (finish line) there were already four inches (of snow). It was snowing, but it wasn’t really sticking. There was a quarter-mile of road that for some reason or another had a layer of ice and snow on it. The lead car packed out a track so you could run on the tire track.”
Larry Brede, 43, of Fruita didn’t mind the weather for his 30th marathon, but his first run over the monument.
“It was beautiful all week and it’s supposed to be beautiful next week and we get this for the weekend,” Brede said. “It wasn’t too bad and it wasn’t real windy. Snow is kind of pleasant to run in. It’s way better than the rain. You don’t get saturated. If it snows, you stay relatively dry. Optimum running weather is about 40 (degrees) for me, but I’m a relatively big guy (6-foot-3, more than 200 pounds).”
Kristine Favier, 32, of Tallahassee, Fla, didn’t mind the snow and cold weather, either.
She was born and raised in Grand Junction and ran for the Mesa State College women’s cross country team before moving to Florida seven years ago.
“I come back to Colorado and climb 14ers,” Favier said. “I love Colorado. I grew up skiing. I was on the Telluride freestyle ski team with my brother. I love snow. I’m not fazed. I felt good the whole run.”
She ran the race in leg tights, Under Armour apparel and gloves.
Dmitri Gallet, 28, moved back to Grand Junction one month ago and decided he’d get reacquainted by running in the marathon. He braved the cold weather in shorts with a long-sleeved shirt underneath a T-shirt. He also wore gloves and a visor.
“I missed Colorado and thought a great way to see the area again would be to do this race,” Gallet said. “As soon as I moved back out here, I looked for a good race and this was the best one to sign up for.
“This was non-typical weather for here. The visibility was difficult, but the road was great.”