Diana Lynn Rau: MPHS Nordic skiers qualify for state
Congratulations to the Middle Park High School Panther Nordic skiers on a strong showing at Saturday’s 5km freestyle race at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat. For the Girls: Seraphina Smith had a great race and ended up with a top 10 finish. Other state qualifiers were Linea Zink, Amelia Clancy, & Kaylene Loo. For the guys: state qualifiers included top Panther finisher Steve Simmons, Colby Zink, and Tabor Miyauchi. Keep up the good work.Great job East Grand Middle School Nordic Skiers, on a very difficult race course at Steamboat. The snow was slow, but you all persevered. Our top three finishers for boys were Simon Zink (2nd), Logan Miyauchi (13th) and Theo Loo (18th). For girls the top three finishers were Rowan Gallagher (17th), Sydnee Stephanie (21st), and Callie Hale (24th).Next race is the Jan. 21 Pursuit Race at the YMCA. This is a Junior Nordic Qualifier and volunteers are needed. For more information, contact Middle Park High School coach Dave Zink at firstname.lastname@example.org or East Grand Middle School coach Karen Waschle at email@example.com.YMCA Snow Mountain RanchThe Annual Salomon Classic Race has been rescheduled for Feb. 11. Go to http://www.ymcarockies.org/smrnordicraces to register. YMCA offers free skiing for Grand County locals on Wednesdays.The Univ of Wyoming Nordic coaches and racers will hold both skate and classic clinics for beginners and more advanced on Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. Clinic cost is $20 per person. Sign up at the YMCA website as classes will be limited. The Colorado Biathlon Sprint is Jan. 14. The Pursuit is Jan. 15. For more information go to coloradobiathlon.org. The next free Grand Nordic lessons are Jan. 29 at the YMCA with classes offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Save the weekend of March 3-4 for the Snow Mountain Stampede Marathon 42K, 21K, 10K, and kids races. Call 970-887-3095 extension 4173 for more information or visit the website http://www.ymcarockies.org/smrnordic.Devil’s Thumb RanchThe University of Denver Invitational begins Jan. 20 with 5k and 10k Classic Interval starts. On Jan. 21, the 10k and 15k Freestyle mass starts are in the morning. Call 970-726-8231 for more information.Jan. 21 is the 25th Annual Governor’s Cup with $5,000 in purse money and product prizes. The race includes 5km, 15km, 30km, freestyle and classic events plus 1km and 3km kids races. Call 970-726-8231 for more information. Come watch the race and enjoy the barbecue and live music. Save the date Feb. 4 for the 9th Annual Grand Huts Progressive Ski Dinner. Tickets available online at grandhuts.org or call 970-726-4099. Benefits go to the new Broome Hut on Second Creek. Volunteers needed.Fraser to Granby trail Conditions are reasonable from YMCA underpass to Tabernash, Tabernash to the Fraser Ballfields, as well as County Road 8 to the Winter Park Resort. Grooming is done by volunteers when possible, but all sections are open for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or just plain walking with your dog. Please observe dog leach restriction in the Beavers area and pick up after your pooch. Also the top of County Road 87 or Lions Lane to the trails at SolVista are good light touring. Bare spots still exist, but another storm will help tremendously. Above all, respect private property.
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