Race Roundup: A Victorious Weekend for Newton Runners

Kortney Hagg (center) won the Fred Kurtz 10-miler.

Hagg Wins Minnesota 10-Miler

Newton athlete Kortney Hagg won the Fred Kurtz Memorial 10-miler in Minnesota on April 9. Her time was 1:07:22 for the time-handicapped race that has a staggered start based on past finishing times.

“I wanted to beat my Twin Cities 10-mile time and to do that I would have to run about 6:45 per mile,” Kortney reported on her blog. “I started out too hard – was doing about 6:30’s the first mile and a half and then I toned it down. I always seem to go out too hard and need to learn to pace better and get stronger towards the end.”

Read her full race report at http://kortneyhaag.blogspot.com/.

Rachel Rocks Las Vegas

Rachel won the 21K event in 1:36:19.

Also last weekend, Salt Lake City runner Rachel Cieslewicz mopped up the competition at the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Half Marathon, though she had to work hard for the win.

“Every time I tried to pull away from [eventual runner-up] Tracy Joslin she just kept catching me and I was really worried,” said the 2009, 30-34 division XTERRA Trail Run National Champ.  “I knew I was going to have to really push it on the climbs and suffer in order to put a gap into her, and thankfully that worked.”

Read Rachel’s full race racap at her website, New Age Athlete.

McCarty Rebounds from Injury with Master’s Win at Wine Country Half Marathon

Knee issued forced runner and triathlete Van McCarty, 40, of San Luis Obispo, to take a three-month training break over the winter. But just five weeks after resuming training, McCarty ran a near-PR time of 1:16:19 (his best time for the distance being 1:15:40) at the Wine Country Runs Half Marathon in Paso Robles, California. His time was good enough for fourth overall and top Masters runner.

“I planned to race only myself and no one else,” says McCarty. ” I did not have a good sense of what kind of time or effort I could do, so I never looked at my watch and just ran ‘comfortably hard.'”

View full race results here.