Although no records were broken, a great turnout and beautiful weather made for a great day on the trails for the Collegiate Peaks Trail Run on May 3, said Honora Roberts, president of the Buena Vista Optimist Club.
The 25- and 50-mile races wind in a loop deep into the Midland Hill area and reaching a height of nearly 9,400 feet above sea level, beginning and ending in the BV River Park.
The race, held since 1991, benefits the Optimists.
Due to a re-route of a portion of Trail 1450 by the Forest Service, the 25-mile race was technically 25.7 miles long. The 50-miler was actually 51.4, therefore.
Out of a field of 212 finishers, 35-year-old Leadville resident Pat Cade won the 25 (and change)-miler with a time of 3 hours, 2 minutes, 34 seconds.
The 50-miler had 24 finishers, led by 38-year-old Alvaro Arnal of Aspen, who finished with a time of 7 hours, 37 minutes and 30 seconds.
Among women, Sophia Torres, 27, of Cordova, N.M. finished first in the 25-miler with a time of 3 hours, 44 minutes and 14 seconds, finishing 21st overall.
Jessica Roberts, 31, of Leadville had the fastest finish among women in the 50-miler with a time of nine hours, 24 minutes and 54 seconds, finishing sixth overall.
The ages of the racers ranged from 20-year-old Max Holewinski of Centennial, who finished 147th in the 25-miler, to 80-year-old Bill Moyle of Lone Tree, who finished the 25-mile course in 10 hours, 18 minutes and 10 seconds.
Jessica Roberts and Vince Mowrey of Mancos were the youngest runners to complete the 50-miler at 31. The oldest 50-mile finisher was 59-year-old Paul Schoenlaub of St. Joseph, Missouri, who placed 22nd in the ultra-marathon with a time of 11 hours, 19 minutes and 3 seconds.