Pair of area runners enjoy experience at Bolder Boulder

May 25, 2009

BOULDER • Tera Moody and Alisha Williams didn't like how they performed at Monday's Bolder Boulder, but neither one wanted to trade the experience.

Williams, from Manitou Springs, was a late addition to the U.S. team for the women's pro race and finished 19th. Moody, who now lives in Colorado Springs, had stomach problems the last couple of miles in the 6.2-mile race and came in 14th.

"It was a tough day for me," Moody said. "I tried to stick it out as much as I could."

The cool, overcast weather led to a brisk pace. Tilahun Regassa of Ethiopia won the men's race in 28 minutes, 17 seconds and fellow Ethiopian Mamito Daska won the women's race in 32:48. There were 53,119 registrants in the citizen's race, down from last year's record of 54,040.

Williams had planned to run in the citizen's race. The U.S. women's team had a difficult time filling its three slots before the race and Williams got a late call. She was added last Wednesday.

"It came together pretty quickly, I was real excited to be on the team," she said. "It wasn't what I was planning on, but it was an honor."

Moody also didn't want to pass on the opportunity to run for the U.S. in the Bolder Boulder. On May 9, she competed in the Fifth Third River Bank Run in Michigan, which is a 25K. She had little time to regroup physically and refocus for the Bolder Boulder. Although Moody didn't feel her best, she said she had no regrets about accepting the invitation.

"Absolutely not, this is a great race and a great experience," she said.

After starting the race feeling fine, Moody began to slow about halfway through. She wasn't at her physical peak, and she admitted to being anxious about competing in the event.

"I really struggled out there today," Moody said. "I was real nervous. It's a big deal race."
Moody recently moved from Boulder. She said there are more hills in Colorado Springs, which ultimately will benefit her in training. In August, Moody plans to run the marathon at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin.

She said Monday's hilly course was a challenge that will help her in the long run.

"It's hard to run fast at altitude over hills," Moody said. "I hate hills, so this is a good course for me to train on. I'm disappointed, but it was good for my training."

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