The winner of the first running race of 14erFest 2021, Emily Roth, crosses the finish line in the middle of the vendor village on East Main Street.

14erFest 2021 kicked things off with a 5k race on Friday, Sept. 24. About 30 people participated and Emily Roth put down the fastest time, finishing the race in a bit over 20 minutes.

Roth is a resident of Lakewood and said the race was her first of the season. She was with a friend who came to explore some of the jeep routes.

“It was beautiful right by the river, looking at all the fall colors,” said Roth of the race course. “It was sweet. I had a blast.”

She also competed in Sunday’s 14k race, finishing fourth.

Fourth in the 5k went to Chris Stromer, Buena Vista resident and member of the Chaffee County Fire Protection District.

“It went well and I was doing pretty good,” he said. “I don’t know if I had the right meal for lunch.”

Stromer said a cheeseburger led to cramping during the race. His wife, Kimberly, competed in the Sunday 14k, finishing 20th.

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