Runners Laura and Stephen Pifer met at the University of Colorado, where both competed for the Buffaloes. A few years later, the couple is married and raising sons Jameson, 5, and Vincent, 4, in Jacksonville, where Stephen is a technical representative and educator for Boulder, Colo.-based Newton Running. Laura is a stay-at-home mother and an Internet entrepreneur, marketing fashions made from repurposed materials from her web-based business, Trash to Couture (www.trashtocouture.com).
And, of course, the 28-year-olds still make time to run.
The Pifer’s swept the men’s and women’s overall titles at the 2013 Sunset Stampede and 5K on Saturday at Navarre Beach. Stephen, who has been active with the U.S. Track and Field Olympics program, finished the blistering out-and-back 3.1-mile course in 14 minutes, 49 seconds. Ben Payne, 31, of Fort Walton Beach, was second in 15:02. The third-place male runner, and first Navarre finisher, was Brock Rudzki, 12, who finished a minute behind Payne.
Laura Pifer finished in 18:14, the seventh-best time of any runner, male or female, to win the overall female championship. Her time was more than a minute better than the second woman to cross the finish line, Niceville’s Lisa Lewis, 42, who clocked 19:16.
Erica Bryant, 39, was the fourth female and first Navarre woman to finish. She ran the 5,000-kilometer course in 21:15.
Almost 600 runners finished the popular evening race, which has become one of the area’s largest.
For the top five finishers and Navarre participants' results, see the May 9 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online HERE.