Records were broken at the 8th annual Spank Blasing 5K/10K Run & Walk, presented by Waste Connections, held Sunday, April 18, at the Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl on the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus.
Over 460 participants, the most ever for the Spank Run, enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day with mild temperatures, to take on what most call the toughest 5K and 10K courses in Pueblo.
Martini Shot, one of the most popular bands from Pueblo, performed for the runners as they entered the ThunderBowl to cross the finish line and free back massages were given to all runners and walkers.
One lucky participant even walked away with a free flat screen, given away by Waste Connections.
Overall winners received a thermal coffee mug, Sports Authority gift cards, a free membership to the Colorado Runners Club, and a free RoadId coupon. Age group winners received medals and either a free Chipotle burrito or Colorado Lottery scratch tickets, depending on their finish.
For the second straight year, Levi Medina claimed the men’s 5K title, clocking a Spank record time of 17:29 (For the current 5K course. Adam Rich recorded a time of 15:32 in 2008, but it was on a different course). On the women’s side, former Centennial High School standout Jenna Dorsey-Spitz took top honors with a time of 19:23.
In the 10K, Aaron Levinson and Charlie Gray battled for the lead throughout the course with Levinson pulling ahead at the end with a time of 38:00 to take top honors. Gray, who claimed the Spank 10K title last year, finished at 38:04.
For the women’s 10K, current Centennial High School student Carrie Laut blew away the field, crossing the finish line first with a Spank record time of 41:02, six minutes ahead of second place Emily Batson.
Each participant received an official Spank Blasing T-Shirt along with a goodie bag packed with a bottle of Sobe Vitamin Water, a sport water bottle, a $10 Sports Authority gift card, snacks from Sam’s Club and coupons from local businesses like Texas Roadhouse.
The CSU-Pueblo Department of Athletics would like to thank all the participants of this year’s Spank Run, as well as all the sponsors, including Waste Connections of Pueblo, Pepsi, Convergy’s, Comcast, KPHT 95.5 FM, and Miller Beer.