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2007 BullDog Race Report

by Nancy Shura, R.D.

Another picture perfect Bulldog Races is in the history books. The 2007 Bulldog 50K/25K Races were blessed with a light cloud cover, cool breezes, smiling runners and the most awesome volunteers on the planet!

In spite of the cooler weather, the course records for both distances remain intact!

In the 50K event, 36-year old Kevin Dean ran the first loop at a record breaking pace and won the race with a commanding lead over the other contenders. Dean’s winning time of 3:41:47 is the second fastest time on the Bulldog 50K course and set a new age division record.

Michelle Barton was back to defend her 2006 50K women’s title and set her own PR on the course finishing in 4:37:57. This is Michelle’s third Bulldog 50K win and she has improved her time dramatically each year… 2003 (5:20:15)… 2006 (5:04:26).

Here are your top three 50K male runners:

1. Kevin Dean (36) 3:41:47
2. Steve Chrapchynski (36) 4:07:14
3. Eric Clifton (49) 4:08:21

And your top three 50K female runners:

1. Michelle Barton (36) 4:37:51
2. Jamie Mieras (30) 4:56:43
3. Andrea Felton (31) 5:00:32

The RRCA Champions are as follows:

* RRCA Open Male – Kevin Dean (3:41:47)
* RRCA Open Female – Michelle Barton (4:37:41)
* RRCA Master Male – Eric Clifton (4:08:21)
* RRCA Master Female – Diana Rush (5:06:41)
* RRCA Grand Master Male – Craig Bronstein (4:30:06)
* RRCA Grand Master Female – Lorraine Gersitz (6:04:20)

Four 50K runners set impressive age division records:

* Overall male winner, Kevin Dean, improved the M/30-39 record by 13m41s !
* Overall female winner, Michelle Barton, improved her own F/30-39 record by 26m29s !!
* Colorful Eric Clifton improved the M/40-49 record by 32m43s !!!
* Lorraine Gersitz improved the F50/59 record by a whopping 1h17m56s !!!!

Tracey Nicholson (F18-29) and Kathy Kusner (F60-69) were the first runners in their age divisions to complete the Bulldog 50K thereby establishing age division records.

The 2007 25K overall male champion is 34 year-old Carlos Vizcarra. Carlos’ winning time of 1:47:46 was a comfortable distance ahead of the chasing pack.

2007 Valley Crest Half Marathon champion, 44-year-old Sue Davis led the women’s field of top contenders to cross the finish line in 2:09:02.

Eleven of the top 14 ladies finishers were in the 40-49 year age division!

Here are your top three 25K male runners:

1. Carlos Vizcarra (34) 1:47:46
2. Mark Steyvers (37) 1:52:57
3. Rick Dodson (44) 1:54:06

Here are your top three 25K female runners:

1. Sue Davis (44) 2:09:02
2. Debra Okano (46) 2:16:29
3. Karen Wester (32) 2:21:55

The 25K runners continue to chip away at the age division records as follows (old age division record in parentheses):

* M30-39 – Carlos Vizcarra – 1:47:46 (1:48:19)
* F30-39 – Karen Wester – 2:21:55 (2:23:06)
* M40-49 – Rick Dodson – 1:54:06 (1:57:52)
* F50-59 – Shawn Tittelfitz – 2:45:30 (2:55:08)

72-year-old Michael Pang is the first runner over 70 to finish the Bulldog 25K so there is now another age division established.

So that wraps up another year at the Bulldog Races. So many to thank… The highlight of the Bulldog Races continues to be our volunteers, all 58 of them who arrived dark and early to take care of the runners! Would like to recognize and thank our station team captains: Paul Saltman/Mitchell Odell at Bulldog Lateral station 1/5 (who are also race sponsors); Jack Perrodin at Corral Canyon station 2/6; Danny Westergaard at Tapia station 3/7 and all the gang at MCSP station 4, who still need a captain ;-). We have the best running community that continues to get better each year. Please go to the race website and view the runner comments commending our volunteers! The Bulldog Races would like to thank our park rangers/monitors (Blake and Scotty) who worked hard to help us put out little fires and keep things running smoothly. We are so proud of our team of race sponsors, many of whom have been with us for years providing water, drinks, pizza, goodie bag stuff, winner gifts, raffle prizes, goodie bag samples, etc., etc., etc. The Bulldog and Valley Crest Half Marathon race sponsors are the most generous. Please go to the sponsor page of our website and shop our sponsors. Finally I want to thank my family Larry, Kirsten, Heather, Zan and Kim, Dad, and my private team of ULs friends, you know who you are… XOXO!

After starting and ending a busy summer with our two races, Larry and I are off for a little R&R before heading back to Chama before the first snow. Please stay in touch, we love you all and look forward to seeing you next summer at the races.

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Happy trails,

Nancy & Larry Dervin


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