Elm Creek Series Results
Conditions: Air temp. 13F (felt like single digit temperature); very little wind; man-made snow; great racing condition!
Race course: 2 laps of 2.5K for skate and classic races, Valley Trail Loop. The skating lanes were hard packed and felt icy, and classic tracks were set very nicely. Race distance: 5K skate; 5K classic, mass start.
Commentary: Tonight’s race events were the post-holiday gut-check events. Eric Slater had a close battle with Trevor Drake in both skate and classic races. Eric held his lead and crossed the line first in both events. Ingrid Leask took the women division’s crown in both skate and classic race events. Special thanks to Beth Maus for helping race registration and timing the events, to Margy Peterson and Andrea Potyondy-Smith for stepping in and helping spot racers’ bibs. It is the racers, the volunteers, and the sponsors that have helped make this low-key weekly race event last nearly 25 years. We wish everyone a very Happy New Year. Next week’s race is the first race of the New Year. Hope to see you then.
Freestyle(F)/Classic(C) Eric Slater 11:44 (F)/13:23 (C) – male winner of both skate and classic races Trevor Drake 11:45 (F)/13:24 (C) Abe Peterson 12:06 (F)/13:25 (C) Will Olstad 12:25 (F)/14:29 (C) Eric Lindquist 12:34 (F) Thomas Carlson 12:36 (F)/15:16 (C) John Hopkins 12:38 (F) Spencer Davis 12:40 (F) Erik Hendrickson 12:52 (F) Lief Hanson 12:59 (F) Clayton Keim 13:01 (F) Izaak Peterson 13:05 (F) Ingrid Leask 13:24 (F)/14:52 (C) - female winner of both stake and classic races Cody Scott 13:58 (F)/16:38 (C) Tim Hieb 15:46 (F) Ralph Schwartz 15:50 (F) Andrew Hall 16:01 (F) Shannon Wald 16:05 (F) Christopher Smith 16:27 (F) Gerald Slater 16:28 (F)/18:43 (C) Adam Cich 18:19 (F) Kevin Johnson /14:16 (C) Allie Rykken /16:45 (C) Michael Sandstedt /17:37 (C) Ralph Bovard /18:22 (C)--Amy Xu (Results), Beth Maus (Timer), Melinda Silbernick (Race Director)