Stinson wins USATF 25 km title in American record time

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(15-May) Running in near perfect conditions Saturday morning at the USATF 25 km Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Parker Stinson, 27, of Boulder claimed his first national title in record setting fashion as he broke the American record by 31 seconds.  A total of ten locals competed in the championships with three other men finishing in the top eight and and two women finishing in the top six. 
Stinson, who represents Saucony, shot out to the lead early and clearly had no intentions of settling in with the lead pack, rather running his own splits with a clear objective to challenge the American 25 km road record of 1:14:18, set by Christo Landry in 2014.
By the 5 km mark, Stinson had grown his lead to 40 meters and was showing no signs of slowing down, passing through in 14:42.
Behind Stinson, Kiya Dandena (Arizona), Scott Smith (Arizona) and Tyler McCandless (Boulder, CO / Boulder Harriers) established themselves as the leaders of the chase pack. But as Stinson’s lead grew, it seemed only a matter of time before a few runners from the pack would start to give chase.
Through the 10 km, Stinson hit the mark running an even last 5 km, passing through in 29:20, nearly 20 seconds ahead of the chase pack. Stinson continued to run with his powerful cadence carrying him over the hills of Grand Rapids.
As Stinson passed through 15 km, it was clear he was running comfortably and it was going to take quite the effort to catch him. Little changed over the final 10 km. Stinson continued his terrific effort, building his lead to over a minute, ultimately crossing the finish in celebratory fashion in 1:13:48, to break the existing American 25 km road record by 31 seconds.
“This race has changed everything for me," offered Stinson following his win. "I’ve known I had the talent to do something special for a long time but it’s one thing to have talent and another thing to execute on it. I feel very blessed that it all came together today.”
Other Colorado athletes in the top ten were McCandless, 33, in fourth place running 1:15:45; William Milam, 27, (Louisville / Roots Running Project) in fifth place in 1:16:42; and Andrew Wacker, 30, (Boulder) in eighth place in 1:17:36.  Kurt Roeser (Boulder / Boulder Harriers), Matthew Hensley (Superior / Boulder Harriers), and Andrew Lessner (Boulder) finished 11th, 16th, and 17th, respectively.
In the women's race Molly Grabill, 26, (Boulder / Nomad TC) and Alexis Zeis, 23, (Boulder / Roots Running Project) finished fourth and sixth respectively.  Grabill's time was 1:27:33 while Zeis stopped the clock at 1:28:37.  Deanna Arderey, 36, of Boulder finished 14th in 1:32:36.  The women's race was won by Emma Bates of Idaho in 1:23:51.

Stinson’s win earned him 30 points towards the USATF Running Circuit standings, where he currently sits fourth overall. Leonard Korir (Colorado Springs), who won the USATF Half Marathon Championships last weekend, resides in first place with 50.5 points, with American Distance Project teammate Stanley Kebenei (Colorado Springs) in second place with 39 points.

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