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Breckenridge’s Deb Miliner is top female at Gold Run Classic 5K

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BRECKENRIDGE – New Mexico’s Paul Graham sure traveled a long way to win Saturday’s Gold Run Classic citizen’s race. With his home town of Los Alamos, N.M., still devoid of snow and Breckenridge recently being pounded with the white stuff, he couldn’t resist. Graham traveled from New Mexico with five other competitors. “We’ve had to a lot of roller skiing,” Graham said. “It’s a real dedicated group.”Graham won the 5K with a time of 16 minutes, 49.44 seconds. The 10K champion was Boulder’s Nathan Schultz, who finished with a time of 30:16.40.”I knew I had it about a half-K into the race,” Graham said. “One of the guys started off fast and took a big lead, then I caught him as we started to get into the rolling hills, it was cool.”

Deb Miliner of Breckenridge was the first local finisher as well as the top 5K female finisher.Miliner just missed second place overall, finishing inches behind Boulder’s Gary Dorris in the most dramatic finish of the morning.Miliner has skied at the local Nordic centers for 25 years but this was her first Gold Run Classic.”My wax is perfect, it’s what I put on four years ago,” she said.Most of Miliner’s skis are for skate skiing but her 30-year-old classic skis still get the job done, she said. – “Even though my dog chewed the tips off of them.” Summit local Tom Jones won the 66-and-over male division in the 5K with a time of 29:49.80. Jones, who finished fourth overall, has witnessed a decline in classic skiing over the years. “A lot of people don’t classic ski anymore,” he said. “Many of the newer Nordic racers don’t know how to classic ski, they just know how to skate … it’s a shame.”

All ages and abilities were on hand for Saturday’s citizen’s race. “You’ve got to keep doing it as you get older,” said Anne Aronson of Breckenridge, who finished second to Miliner in the 35-49-year-old female division. “You’ve got to get up and get out,” she said. “Even if you’re up until 2:30 in the morning the night before.”In the 10K, FSX team member Schultz won easily, beating runner-up Eric Meyer by more than a minute.”I train with the guy who was second quite a bit and he hasn’t been racing super well lately,” Schultz said. “We skied together for the first 3Ks and then I gradually pulled away.”Sweden native Maria Wick was the top female in the 10K, finishing 10th overall with a time of 39:28.43.

Rocky Mountain School ski coach Andrew Gardner finished seventh overall in the 10K.”I’m a coach so I just come out here to remember how much it hurts,” Gardner said. “It was a pretty good field for the first race.”Today’s Father Dyer Gospel Chase will take place at the Breckenridge Nordic Center and will include citizen’s 5K and 10K skate (freestyle) races.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631, or at aboffey@summitdaily.com.