January 28th, 2013
The marathon season is in full swing with some big events both domestically and abroad. Here is roundup of some of the action.
24/50k Classic and Skate
Santiago Ocariz and and Kim Rudd won the premier event of the day — the 50k classic. Ocariz made the journey from Ishpeming to Marquette in just over three hours, besting Eli Brown by two minutes.
The race for third was tight with Chris Pappathopoulos outsprinting Adam Swank and David Chamberlain to claim the final podium spot.
Rudd placed 20th overall, besting Maria Stuber by just 14 seconds in the women’s race. Claire Luby was third.
Michael Brouthers won the 50k freestyle by nearly three-and-a-half minutes over Chad Tolbert, with Jan Guenther taking the women’s title.
Lake Placid Loppet (New York)
25/50k Skate and classic
On a frigid day in Lake Placid, New York, most skiers opted for the single loop of 25k, with only 15 skiers racing the 50k skate and 17 the 50k classic.
Duncan Douglas won a tight race over Jason Hettenbaugh in the men’s 50k skate, skiing away to a 16 second victory. Jacke Hollenbach was several minutes back in third.
Patrice Blackburn took the women’s title as the only female entrant in the 50k skate.
Bruce MacNeil posted an impressive victory in the men’s 50k classic, opening a gap of over ten minutes on runner-up Erik Sirnes.
No women participated in the 50k classic.
While participation was low in the 50k events, 220 skiers contested the various classes in the 25k races. James Coulton and Anna Crawford won the 25k classic and Matthew Piper and Veronique Fortin took the titles in the 25k skate.
White Mountain Classic (New Hampshire)
Kris Freeman, at home training in preparation for World Championships, skied to an expected dominating eight minute win over Paul Allison. Eric Tremble was third, crossing just a second behind Allison.
Alex Jospe took the women’s title, skiing away from Robyn Anderson for a clear win. Kirsten Beaudry was third.
Colorado Govenor’s Cup (Colorado)
Sylvan Ellefson bested a strong field, containing a number of top Rocky Mountain collegiate skiers. Ellefson came out on top in a sprint to the line ahead of Rune Oedegaard and Andrew Dougherty in the 30k skate event. A post-race interview with Ellefson can be found here.
Lenka Palanova won the women’s 30k skate well ahead of Tammy Jacques and Mia Gaw.
Graham Baird and Kristin Johansen won the 30k classic.
A yearly entry on the World Loppet calendar and a part of the relatively new Ski Classics series. Full race report from the organizers here.