Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia Wins 4th Elite Women’s Bolder Boulder Title in Colorado

Mamitu Daska, of Ethiopia, runs through the finish line tape as the first female finisher in the international team race at the 36th Annual BolderBOULDER 10K road race on May 26, 2014. (Photo: DP)

Denver Post

By Daniel Petty

May 26th, 2014

BOULDER — Mamitu Daska is unquestionably the current queen of the Bolder Boulder’s elite women’s 10K race.

The Ethiopian won her fourth title Monday well ahead of the rest of the field, finishing in 32 minutes, 21.63 seconds. She also won in 2009, 2010 and 2012 and was the runner-up in 2011. Only Portugal’s Rosa Mota has more career Bolder Boulder victories with five.

Even with temperatures in the high 60s, and even with a hard early pace from Deena Kastor, Daska felt the pace was too slow. So she took off down the left side of a long straightaway before the first mile while the rest of the women followed the inside curve of the road.

The champion “did good training and felt the pace was easy at the beginning,” Daska said through a translator.

That set the tone: If you want to win, prepare for bold moves and a long grind over the scorching pavement of this rolling, high-altitude course.


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