SVSEF Summer Start Trail Race Welcomes Athletes, Alumni, Families, and Friends


First annual trail race to benefit SVSEF Cross Country teams welcomes warmth of summer

The first annual SVSEF Summer Start Trail Race held true to its name, welcoming what felt like the first true day of summer on Saturday. Runners of all ages came out to participate in the two-mile or five-mile trail race held on the Croy trails under bluebird skies. Proceeds from the event support the SVSEF Cross Country teams.

“It was really special to see the community come out to support the team, to race, volunteer, and enjoy what the Croy trails offer,” said SVSEF Cross Country Program Director Becky Woods. “We’re so grateful to the BLM, BCRD, and the neighborhood at Rotarun for supporting this event—I’m excited to see it become a fun part of the fabric of this community!”

Runners started and finished in the Rotarun Ski Area parking lot and the courses took them out Nadya’s Trail to Two Dog, Wilson Gulch, and the five-miler had some time on Centerline. 

“It was a super fun race—I thought it was fantastic!” said Bentley Walker-Broose, member of the SVSEF XC Gold Team. Walker-Broose took second place for the men in the five-mile race, finishing 39 seconds behind SVSEF XC Alum Taylor Sundali, who took the win with a blistering fast time of 0:33:06. SVSEF XC Gold Team athlete Peter Wolter finished third just behind Walker-Broose in 0:33:49.

In the women’s five-mile race, Andie Cornish, a cross country runner at the University of Vermont, took the win with a time of 0:36:31. Anja Grover, SVSEF Alum and currently skiing for Dartmouth College, finished in second place and SVSEF XC Comp Team Coach Maddie Morgan in third.

In the two-mile race, SVSEF Alpine FIS Team athlete Ava Murphy took the win for the women in a time of 0:16:17. Eden Keeney from the SVSEF XC Comp Team took second and Avryl Haas from the SVSEF Alpine FIS Team finished in third. On the men’s side, it was one-two for the SVSEF XC Prep Team with 13-year-old Duncan Fryberger finishing first with a time of 0:16:22 and 10-year-old Cody Lloyd just seven seconds behind in second place. Athlete parent Travis Scott took third place in seventeen seconds flat.

SVSEF XC Prep Team Head Coach and Assistant Program Director Kelley Yeates echoed Woods, saying, “It was a really great inaugural event and I can’t wait to see it grow in future years! We are so appreciative of all our volunteers and loved seeing so many of our families  and community members participating—not just the skiers!”