Rampart cross country coach Robby Young always tries to use his experiences to teach his team about running and life.
Monday, he taught them what persistence can do. Young rallied from the middle of the pack to win the American Discovery Trail Marathon at 2 hours, 32 minutes and 18 seconds.
Overall, more than 1,000 runners took part in the 13 marathon, a marathon relay and a kids run.
In the main event, it was 2012-winner Justin Ricks that looked like he would run away with it early.
Out of the gate Ricks built a sizeable lead on Young, who was taking the first 5 miles slow due to a workout regimen constructed by his American Distance Project coach Scott Simmons.
"I was way back in the pack, but I wanted to stick to my workout no matter what." said Young, who admittedly worried about Ricks having such a big lead. "I knew I'd have to go and catch him quickly after Mile 5, so no, I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to for a while."
Young ran at a 5:49 mile pace and beat Ricks (2:38:02) by nearly 6 minutes.
Boulders Courtenay Brown (3:07:08) and Shannon Husted went one-two in the female's division of the marathon, Curtis Suver won the half-marathon, the relay team named "Bubbas Run Team" had the fastest marathon time of 2:56:29 and 55 runners qualified for the Boston Marathon with their times.