BOULDER — Barnabas Kosgei of Kenya and Lauren Martin of Alamosa captured the citizens’ race titles on Monday at the 39th Bolder Boulder run.
Martin, who was born and raised in Alamosa and graduated from Adams State University two years ago, is the daughter of the school’s longtime cross country and track coach, Damon Martin. She flew in Sunday afternoon from Bradenton, Fla., where Adams State was wrapping up its outdoor season at the Division II national track and field championships.
“This is my first year as a post-collegiate, and I’m finally learning how to do that,” Lauren Martin, 25.
“This is significantly harder than training in Alamosa, even though it’s 2,000 feet higher, we have no hills,” she said. “As soon as we hit the hills, it started getting really rough and my legs became fatigued.”
Martin is engaged to be married to former Adams State runner Kyle Masterson, the captain of the cross country team that won a national title last fall. Their wedding is scheduled in South Fork in less than two weeks on June 10. A week later, Martin will run a half marathon in Duluth, Minn. After that, she’ll end her season before heading to Europe on her honeymoon.
“I have a lot going on,” Martin said.
Martin specialized in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters in college (her fastest 10K time was 34:18). She was a four-time national champion — capturing individual titles in the indoor 5K, outdoor 5K and two in the 10K. After finishing graduate school at Adams State, she turned to coaching at Trinidad State junior college in Alamosa. Monday was her first time ever running in the Bolder Boulder, finishing in 34 minutes, 55.03 seconds.
“I’ve come and watched it three or four times, especially the pro race,” Martin said. “That was part of the reason I wanted to come back is one of my best friends is running in the elite race.”
Kosgei, the overall winner, crushed his competition. At 29:44, he was ahead of second place by 58 seconds, the largest margin of victory in the citizens race, topping the previous record of 53 seconds, set in 1995. The 30-year-old’s slowest mile was 4:51.
“It was fantastic,” said Kosgei, who lives in North Carolina. “I didn’t expect this.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.