Father's Day came a bit early for David Guhl, but it had nothing to do with his performance early Saturday at the Sailin' Shoes 5K/10K Run for Fun in downtown Colorado Springs.
His prideful moment arrived when he found out his 20-year-old daughter, Sarah, won the 10K women's division in 41 minutes, 28.3 seconds at the 35th annual event that started and ended near the intersection of Tejon and Platte.
It brought back cherished memories of yesteryear, when he had to give her and twin sister, Joanna, a helping push while the local optometrist did the dirty work.
"I remember putting them in a jogger and running with them when they were just a few months old," David said. "It's so fun having them home and watching them grow, and Sarah is going to put me in the grave at the pace she tries to set when we run together."
Sarah, heading into her junior year at Baylor, graduated from Cheyenne Mountain in 2011, and was a varsity runner on the Indians' cross country team that claimed the 4A state title her senior year. Earlier, she and Joanna starred on the Colorado Springs Christian School basketball, volleyball and track teams for three seasons.
In between visiting friends, baby-sitting and training during summer break at high altitude, Sarah used Saturday's race to prepare for her third season of cross country at Baylor, where she's studying health science and is a two-time honoree on the Big 12 commissioner's honor roll.
"I thought it would have been awesome to win, but I wasn't expecting it," Sarah said. "I didn't know I was first until I was told after the race that I was the first woman to finish. I'm excited to be home, but the summer is already flying by."
Longtime Colorado Springs distance specialist and 1999 Wasson graduate Adam Rich claimed top honors in the 10K in 33:14.9, more than one minute ahead of the closest competitor. Rich placed second and third in the 5K race the past two years.
In the 5K, runners from the north invaded Colorado Springs to take both male and female overall titles.
Scott Dahlberg, a 2003 Peyton graduate who's heading into his second season as assistant cross country coach at Colorado State, broke away from the field to finish in 15:06.5. Austin Richmond was next at 15:36.1.
A short time later, Ellie Keyser, a former 5A state cross country champion for Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins and graduate of CSU, crossed the finish line in 17:07.5.