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Sunday, December 7, 2008

WinterStart Ski Races were great!

There was good snow and the weather was warm and sunny for the WinterStart races, among the first nordic ski races for the season in Colorado. The conditions made for difficult waxing for the Classic race but the comfort level was high. Joseph Szekely of Farmington NM and Dave Aschwanden of Cedaredge duked it out for the Classic win with Szekely prevailing at the end. Aschwanden got his revenge in the Freestyle race when they flipflopped places. Christie Aschwanden was impressive finishing both races in third place overall and was the first place female. She was followed by Suzi Evans of Grand Junction in the Classic and by Kari Distefano of Telluride in the Freestyle.
Also impressive were our youngest competitors Stephanie Wahlers, Maddy Pill-Kastens, and Cleo and Molly Mueller. They have a bright skiing future ahead of them. It was great to have Mesa State College represented by Brooke Bosman and Hotchkiss High School by Asa Burritt. Mesa State is putting together a nordic team this year for the first time so we look forward to seeing them competing with Brooke on Grand Mesa ongoing.

Race winners took home organic Fuji and Braeburn apples from Ela Family Farms and everyone got samples of a variety of Clif Bar energy products as well as Dan Schultz-Ela's birhtday cake. Door prizes were provided by Western Rockies Federal Credit Union. Our volunteers Leslie Brodhead, Bryon Lawrence, Jane McGarry, Shirley Ela and Bill Ela made it all happen. Thanks to everyone for a fun day on snow!

REMEMBER: we all now have kilometers we can log for Virtual Racing! Use the "Real Skiing, Virtual Racing" link on the GMNC home web page. And all you non-racers can and should become Virtual Racers too. Check it out!

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