Elm Creek Series Results
Conditions: Air temp. 38F to 34F, no wind. Very nicely groomed trails, great track sets with a few leaves in the tracks. Great racing condition tonight!
The heat wave brought us the very pleasant evening racing condition. A larger group of racers lined up at the start line of the skate race as well as the classic race. The racers were super friendly, yet the batter after the shot gun went off was all business and hard work. Tonight, the lead pack includes Anders Bowman (welcome back!), Cory Ellertson, Craig Stolen, and Grant Coch who pushed the pace and broke the 13-minute mark the first time this season. Cory once again charged to the front and took the title of the skate race. Trevor Drake, Craig Stolen, and Adam Johnson claimed the top three in the classic race (all three raced the back to back first skate then classic). Congrats to Eric Linquist’s 1st time classic race and impressive effort. The women’s field grew to five this time where Eleanor Magnuson, Jenny Beckman, and Margaret Litchy finished top three in the skate race, and Andrea Potyondy-Smith claimed the title in the classic race. Congratulations to all participants for the great effort.
Race course: 1 lap of 5K lit trails (Valley Trail loop, Thicket trails, Northern Light trails). The race course was very well groomed, good track sets with a few leaves in the tracks.
Race distance: 5K, both classic and freestyle, mass start.
Freestyle(F)/Classic(C) Cory Ellertson 12:52 (F) ? male winner of the skate race Anders Bowman 12:58 (F) Craig Stolen 13:01 (F)/15:55 (C) Grant Coch 13:02 (F) Trevor Drake 13:12 (F)/15:31 (C) -- male winner of the classic race Abe Peterson 13:22 (F) Ansel Schimpff 13:22 (F) Adam Johnson 13:36 (F)/16:25 (C) Clayton Keim 13:40 (F) Erik Hendrickson 13:41 (F) Craig Rudd 13:42 (F) Eleanor Magnuson 13:55 (F) -- female winnner of the skate race Eric Lindquist 13:56 (F)/16:59 (C) Bob Gerben 14:03 (F) Ethan Richards 14:07 (F) Jenny Beckman 14:42 (F) Margaret Litchy 15:03 (F) Peter Maves 15:40 (F)/19:07 (C) Kelly Donahue 16:38 (F) Andrea Potyondy-Smith 16:58 (F)/23:54 (C) -- female winner of the classic race Jim Smith /19:32 (C) Christopher Smith /21:09 (C)
Note: Next Wed. is the Christmas Day, and EC park is closed. The Wed. night race is now rescheduled to the following day, Thursday, 12/26/2013, at the same time and same place/course. Wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and happy holidays.
--Amy Xu (Timer/Results), Melinda Silbernick (Race Director)