Rakita, Szuch win GoPro Mountain Games Apres 5K
Stop in your tracks, people, the bionic kid is at it again. Lanie Szuch, who dominated the women’s field in running events at last summer’s Mountain Games as a pre-teen, was the fastest woman by more than 1:30 in the Superfeet Apres 5K on Friday. At the tender age of 13, Szuch flew up the 1,500-plus feet of uphill on Vail Mountain to finish in 22 minutes.
Branden Rakita, of Colorado Springs, put down the fastest time overall — 19 minutes — with Ryan Petry blazing in seven seconds later, comprising the only two racers to break the 20-minute mark. Rakita is recognizable in Vail for his past performances at the Xterra Mountain Championship in Beaver Creek, where he has finished on the podium. Could this be a threat to Ultimate Mountain Challenge champion Josiah Middaugh this weekend?
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.