Snow Stampede results, a family affair
Special to the Sky-Hi News
Oh sun worshipers, spring is about here! The last several weeks of Colorado blue skies and afternoon warmth have shrunk our snowpack into almost half what it was in early February. Good early season grooming has kept the hardpacked trails in the Fraser Valley in great condition refreshed with occasional dustings of several inches of fresh powder. Regardless, Grand County has the best Nordic grooming in the west and openly welcomed the racers coming from all over the West to the iconic Snow Mountain Stampede which returned to a one-day event this year.
With the sun peaking shyly through the clouds, the day dawned in single digits but climbed into the 30s by afternoon with very little wind. With the cold nights, the well tilled and packed snow on the trails remained firm and the tracks held well for the classic skiers. But with little local publicity, there were few local skiers and front range talent mostly prevailed. Families like the Scholls and Browers and Foshas won big. Kids who have been training with the High School or SMR Junior Racers showed up in force with their new found skills and confidence. Kids as young as 5 years-old racing the 2k found waiting at the end a huge stuffed Dalmatian dog for the first to cross the finish line! And all received prizes. What an incentive! It’s the Stampede tradition. It’s a great family affair…
Some people learn the importance of preparing body and mind for challenging events like races, some people learn the importance of feeding the body and mind during the race itself, but we all learn the importance of both competition and camaraderie in our lives. And we have only ourselves to hold responsible for the results. Have we prepared body, mind, and equipment adequately? Have we given our best?
Congratulations to the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch staff and volunteers for pulling off another great event.
The 42K Classic Mens race was won by David Femmer (Nederland) in a time of 2:31:32 followed by Dan Hickstein (Boulder) and Greg Molenaar (Ft Collins). There were no local racers. There were no Women 42K racers.
The 21K Male Classic was led by Jeff Paulson (Boulder) in a time of 1:11:24 followed by Matt Muir (Boulder) and Antonio Marxuach (Steamboat Springs) with SMR staffer Roger DeGroot winning the 70+ division and Chris Michalowski (Granby) 2nd in the 30+ division. The 21K Female race was won by Elizabeth Reid (Boulder) in a time of 1:14:44, Tina Larter (Boulder) and Jenelle Vincel (Gordon TX). Diana Lynn Rau was the only local and won the 60+ division.
The Male 10K race was won by Joseph Spaulding (Longmont) in a time of 46:55 followed by Zack Larter (age 11 Boulder) and Wayne Co (Westminste) with no local participants. At age 11, Zack is one to watch in the future! Female 10k Race was won by his sister Madison Larter (age 12) in a time of 49:33, Abby Leuchten and Tess Leuchten (all of Boulder) Top local was Fengfeng Ren (Tabernash) who won the 40+ division.
The Skate Races were the most popular of the day with the 42K Mens race won by Daniel Weinberger in a time of 1:55:49, Ben Blakerund, and Chris Sachs (all from Boulder). Local Shawn Scholl (Kremmling) won the 50+ division. Jeff Burrows (Winter Park) was the only other local finisher. The 42K Female Skate race was led by Tammy Jacques (Cordillera) who finished in 2:11:18, Haley Stewart (Denver) and Diana Finkel (South Fork) with local Nancy Citriglia (Winter Park) 3rd in the highly competitive 40+ division.
The 21K Male race was a race to the finish with local Tyler Scholl (age 15, Kremmling) seconds behind Nathan Schultz (Boulder) who finished in 56.46 and seconds again separating Eric Meyer, Christian McCarthy, Michael West, and local Theo Loo (age 16 Fraser). Other locals finishers were Elliot Shaw (Winter Park), Justin Fosha (Granby), Drew Polasky (SMR staff), Martin Meyer (Tabernash) and Vince Call (SMR Staff). The 21K Ladies division was led by Joanne Reid (Boulder) who was also the overall winner with a time of 56.04. Tabor Scholl (Kremmling) was second and Yvonne Weber third. Finishing in quick succession were locals Kelly Howard (Granby), Sierra Smith (age 16 Winter Park), Steph Scholl (Kremmling), and Gretta Fosha (Granby). Other local finishers were Drea Kasianchuk (Winter Park), Lydia Castiello (Granby), Deanna Mclain (Granby) and Diane Legner (formerly Tabernash).
The Men’s 10k Skate was won by Peter Valentyik (Boulder) in a time of 36.13 followed by Bjorn Riley (age 14 Boulder) and local Sebastian Brower (age 14 Granby). Other local finishers were Alex Holinka (age 13 Fraser), Wil Cleveland (age 15 Fraser), and Graydon Walker age 13 Fraser). Got some local upcoming talent! The Female 10K race was led by Bettina Burgess in a time of 42:11, Molly Leader, and Cori Defoe (all from Boulder) followed closely by the only local Sylvia Brower (age 11 Granby).
The Kids 2K freestyle race for the Dalmatian dog was won by Zack Larter (Boulder) in a time of 4:03 sprinting just ahead of Ian Rogers (Vail). Top girl was local Sierra Jamison (Tabernash) in a time of 5:40 winning a stuffed bear donated back by Zack Larter from a previous year’s win. Other local finishers were Peyton Fosha (Granby), Adrien Brower (Granby), Kyle Bosshard (Tabernash), Logan Walker (Fraser), and Chase Fosha (Granby).
The recent warm sunshine and cold nights produce this incredible phenomenon known as crust skiing. A skier can ski on the surface of the snow without breaking through the top layer and ski virtually anywhere. The warm sun melts their snow surface and the layers combine into a tough crust holding up your weight without breaking. The mornings after a cold night are best because the snow crust will soften in the sun and suddenly you are on your face or sinking to your knees. A skier can skate for miles in the open meadows or on golf course fairways in a short amount of time and with comparative ease. The crust will hold up your dog as well! And bring along the sunscreen because you might wind up in your T-shirt and shorts… Great way to celebrate Spring!
Remember, the key is to go early after days of sunshine and a couple of COLD nights. And that’s our forecast for the next few days. Enjoy!
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