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Rakita, Szuch win GoPro Mountain Games Apres 5K

Competitors raced through the start of the GoPro Mountain Games Apres 5k Friday at the base of Gondola One in Vail.
Rachael Zimmerman | Special to the Daily |

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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