Jul 18, 2010 6:58 PM by Matt Stafford

Busy morning for Search and Rescue during Barr Trail Mt. Race

Search and rescue teams had to be called out twice during the Barr Trail Mountain Race on Sunday in Manitou Springs. Two hikers fell near the course during the race, requiring help.

"They're doing pretty good. We're going to bring them down here and give them to AMR," says Skee Hipszky deputy director of operations with El Paso County Search and Rescue, as teams were helping with one of the hikers Sunday morning. Hipszky says the two should be okay, "Nothing really serious, no immediate life threats at this point."

Runners got their fair share of injury too.

"You got to focus, because you'll fall," says Mary Toman, who had just finished the race.

For the big injuries to the small ones, Search and Rescue team lent their services to banged up runners.

"It's just been the usual skinned knees, elbows," Hipszky says. "It's been pretty consistent though, we've been pretty busy all morning."

Lots of runners were left with a story of what they were doing when they took a "digger" and they call the wipeouts.

"I lost a little concentration, caught a root and down I went," says runner Dave Haney.

Just like finishing the race, the injuries they walk away with can be just much a badge of courage as the t-shirt given at the finish line.

"That's the price you pay." Haney says, but no matter how tough you are - the injuries often still sting.

"I like to cry on the inside," Randall Coan says while getting a few scrapes doctored up, but his tears might not be from the injury.

"I was actually talking to a girl and she asked me what I was doing and I said, 'trying not to crash.'" Coan explains. "As soon as I said that I crashed."

There's no hydrogen peroxide for your pride, but knowing it would be at the bottom for the visible injuries always helps Coan finish the race.

"It helps you run a little faster down the hill knowing you got somebody that can help you out." Coan says.

So despite the bruised pride, and the slight limp, just finishing the race in one piece can be considered a victory.

The runners fought through for a good cause, race organizers donate all of the entry fees to non-profits and local projects. Since the race began in 2000, organizers have donated $158,909.21. That number will go up with this year's entry fees.


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