US Ski Team veteran Kris Freeman (Maine Winter Sports Center), training in New Hampshire since the Tour de Ski, made his second appearance on the New England marathon circuit this weekend, easily skiing to a dominating win in the 50k classic Craftsbury Marathon in Craftsbury, Vermont.
Freeman skied a six-and-a-half minute win over Nils Koons (CGRP).
The race for second featured somewhat more drama with Koons besting teammate Bryan Cook by just a tenth of a second.
The home team Craftsbury Green Racing Project (CGRP) finished second thorugh sixth in the men’s event.
A brutal January that, featuring temperatures in the 40’s and heavy rains earlier in the week ruined any chance of the scenic point-to-point course that often highlights the event.
But the core trails at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center withstood the weather onslaught, and organizers were able to assemble a challenging 12.5k loop for the race.
In the women’s race Caitlin Curran (VTXC) skied to a clear win over Kirsten Beaudry (Dartmouth). Paige Elliott was third.
Eric Darling and Eileen Carey won the men’s and women’s 25 k event respectively.
The Craftsbury Marathon is the second stop in the New England Nordic Ski Association’s Marathon Series, following on the heels of last week’s White Mountain Classic, a race that Freeman also won.