Ed Eyestone finished only second at Monday's 10th annual Bolder Boulder 10-kilometer foot race, but that finish earned him The Athletics Congress 10,000-meter crown.
Rolando Vera of Ecuador, last year's second-place finisher and the silver medalist at the 1987 Pan American Games, broke away from the front runners at the 3-mile point and was never threatened. He won $4,904. His time was 29:53.Vera, 23, from Quito, Ecuador, had been trailing Pat Porter and Orem's Eyestone by 30 yards before he passed them in a sprint at the three-mile marker.
Eyestone, 26, finished in 30:01, while Porter, of Alamosa, Colo., was third in 30:05, winning $3,434.
However, by being the first American to finish, Eyestone became the TAC 10,000-meter champion since the Bolder Boulder was this year's TAC national championships for that distance. His prize money was $3,500.
"I had planned all along to run the second half of the race faster," Vera said after the race.
Eyestone said he couldn't match the winner's pace, but said, "I tried to got with Vera, but I just didn't have it."
Porter took home $3,434.
Salvador Garcia of Mecio, finished fourth at 30:13, worth $2,214. Joseph Kipsang, a Kenyan living in Takoma Park, Md., was fifth in 30:15, worth $2,000.
Portugal's Rosa Mota, women's winner of the last two Boston Marathons, breezed to an easy victory in the women's division in a time of 34:41, taking the $5,423 first prize.
Mota, who has now won four of the last five Bolder Boulder women's races - finishing fourth last year after being hobbled with side cramps - ran without challenge in Sunday's event.
"I really didn't have any problems. The only thing I didn't like was the wind. Today I could have run faster and harder, but I didn't because of the wind and because I didn't have to," she said.
She finished 1:19 ahead of Kim Jones of Spokane, Wash., who won $2,763. Judy Chamberlain if Golden, Colo., finished third in a time of 36:01 worth $1,975.
Karen Lutske of Macomb, Ill., was fourth, in 36:08, worth $1,466, while Libbie Johnson of Ft. Collins, Colo., was fifth in 36:16, that paid $1,250.