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Middaugh wins B.C. U.S. Half Marathon

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Special to the DailyRunners start off the Beaver Creek U.S. Half Marathon Sunday.

Vail residents Josiah Middaugh and Mike Kloser took first and second place, respectively, in the Beaver Creek U.S. Half Marathon on Sunday.

Middaugh maneuvered the technical 13.1-mile trail course through Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch with relative ease, finishing in a time of 1 hour, 27 minutes and 52 seconds, beating Kloser by more than three minutes.

Kerri Nelson of Gunnison won the women’s title with a time of 1:46:13.

The weather and running conditions were perfect for this new U.S. Half Marathon, hosted by U.S. Race Series and Beaver Creek Resort. However, one unexpected obstacle was encountered by the lead bicyclist, Dan Weiland, when he came across a large bear on the Village-to-Village Connect Trail. Fortunately, the bear was observant enough to move the side as Weiland, followed by runner Josiah Middaugh, raced onward.

The race attracted 160 participants in its first year and everyone seemed to enjoy the scenic and challenging course. Runners came from as far as New York and California to compete in the race and enjoy the postrace Oktoberfest activities. One newlywed couple ran the course in wedding attire, smiling all the way to the finish as their wedding party cheered and sang.

Runners received a Nike running shirt, commemorative beer stein and beer ticket for Oktoberfest. Many of the runners could be found celebrating amongst the large crowds at Oktoberfest on Sunday.

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