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Grand Nordic corner: A great weekend for racing

Diana Lynn Rau Grand Nordic Corner

Diana Lynn Rau

Classic January has started off with a bluebird day at Snow Mountain Ranch-YMCA of the Rockies for the first Classic citizen race of the month. The morning started below-zero, but the sun warmed up the air quickly. The tracks were set hard and beautiful. (Thank you Shawn and company!) And there was little wind. Wax was no problem — anything was going to grip. And the racers flew over the course.

Local Kremmling athlete extraordinaire, Tyler Scholl, blew away the field finishing the 15K in 51:19 minutes. Second-place, Jamie Mothersbaugh, clocked in at 54:28 with Matt Rossman right on his heels at 54:36. Dad Shawn Scholl was fifth with local Odd Bersvendsen sixth.

The other Kremmling athlete extraordinaire, Tabor Scholl, topped the women’s field finishing the 15K in 1:04:44 pushed hard by Patrick Brower, one of the East Grand Middle School Coaches. Tabor was over two minutes ahead of second-place woman Lilian Miller and almost four minutes ahead of third-place, Meghan Cormwall.

The Scholl siblings are Grand County grown and raced with the local schools.

Middle Park High School and East Grand Middle School CHSAA season starts Saturday at Spring Gulch in Carbondale and, if the race results at SMR were any indication, our locals will be worth watching.

The best opportunity to watch our kids will be the Same Day Pursuit at Snow Mountain Ranch, hosted by MPHS on Saturday, Jan 26. That means the high school racers have to ski both classic and skate where you start your second — or pursuit — race staggered according to the time you finished your first — or sprint — race. That effectively combines the times of your two races and the first racer across the line wins.

The Middle School racers only do the classic portion.

Call Laura to volunteer at 970-531-8364 or email hs.nordic@egsd.org.

The 7.5K finish line was a blur of local faces as seven of the top 12 racers were either MPHS or EGMS racers or coaches. Alex Holinka finished second with Guy Granger, coach Dave Cleveland, Ethan Callarman, Isaiah Callarman, Sylvia Brower, and coach Travis Fuqua hot on his heels. Freshman Chance Hein rounded out the group.

It's going be a good season, and the coaches have been working hard.

The ones to watch were the little ones 10 and under, the youngest of which was six-year-old Tad Enos. These children are the future of our sport and your heart pounded watching Enos race with no poles, his arms swinging in rhythm with his little legs, scampering up the hills and tucking on the way down. He finished in the middle of the pack, but you knew that you were watching a future star just developing.

Oh, to have a crystal ball.

Thanks to Anne at SMR for a well-organized day and Shawn for fabulous grooming and those upstairs for a wonderful Colorado day.

Next weekend is the Grand Lake Classic with its family-friendly events and fee structures so hope to see you there.

Granby Elementary Nordic Rocks program needs volunteers

Granby Elementary needs volunteer helpers for the next two weeks. The Nordic Rocks program was started about five years ago by Central Cross Country Association (CXC) and the equipment has been improving every year. For more information see  https://cxcnewsfeed.wordpress.com/category/programs/nordic-rocks-for-schools/

Bill Pierce from SMR has provided skis for the Granby Elementary Physical Education classes of Maggie Keller through the Nordic Rocks Program to have a unit on cross-country skiing.

Starting this week Jan. 7-10, kindergarten through fifth grade classes started the program with an introduction and dryland training inside the gym.

The next two weeks, Jan. 14-17 and Jan. 21-24, the children will go outside and use Polhamus Park next to the school with snow groomed by the town of Granby. Each day, the 45-minute PE classes start with the fifth graders at 8:40 a.m. followed by fourth and third with the morning ending at 11:05 a.m. The afternoon starts at 1:30 p.m. with the second grade followed by first grade then kindergartners finishing at 3:55 p.m. Remember our schools have classes Monday through Thursday only.

Dealing with a class of about 30 is no small feat and Bill Pierce and Maggie Keller need some volunteers to help.

Please consider dropping in for a morning shift or afternoon shift to help kids learn exercises, learn equipment, and learn the skiing lingo. The skis are specially designed by Central Cross Country Association for elementary schools for easy on easy off using the child’s own boots for these short class periods. You will be given specific tasks per your ability to help even if it is as simple as putting skis on or taking them off. Helpers are needed regardless of your ability. Remember to stop in at the elementary school office to fill out volunteer paperwork before coming to the gym — it just takes a few minutes.

The most helpers are needed for the outside work weeks two and three, particularly for the afternoon with kindergarten through second-grade. Please be prepared for outdoor winter weather. If you love working with kids, this is a volunteer job for you.

Email Maggie at maggie.keller@egsd.org or call Granby Elementary School at 970-887-3312.

Diana Lynn Rau is the president of Grand Nordic.

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