Locals grab Gold Rush podium spots
FRISCO – The 38th annual Frisco Gold Rush weekend culminated on Sunday with snowshoe and Nordic skiing races on the peninsula.Local Kevin Minard placed second in the 7K snowshoe race with a time of 39 minutes, 30 seconds. Bob Cottrell was close behind in sixth with 44:10.”I had the best snowshoe race ever,” Minard said. “The 4,000 calories for dinner last night worked out.” Richard Paradis of Denver won the snowshoe race in 37:42. Paradis believes in using winter racing as training for triathlons”It keeps you sharp,” he said. “It also keeps winter interesting.” Colleen Ihnken, a longtime Summit resident and adventure sports phenom won the women’s race in 44:26. “I like the fact that it was all on singletrack,” Ihnken said. “It was a solid race and the distance was great.” There were numerous other races at the 38th annual event.Ben Raderstorg (16:32) and Jessica Jortberg (16:36) were the 5K skate winners. In the 10K skate, Justin Kinner of Laramie, Wyo., was victorious in 32:4 and Toni Geer of Boulder (38:51) was on top of women’s podium.5K classic champions included Spencer Law (16:17) and Geer in 19:14. Mason Lacy of Boulder won the 10K classic in 38:21 along with fellow Boulderite Tina Girlarter (39:37) on the women’s side.Daniel Weinberger, a former NCAA skier turned coach at the University of Colorado, won Sunday’s 20K skate race decisively in 59:33. Rarely challenged over the two different and difficult loops Weinberger said he tried to ski fast, yet relaxed and maintain speed on the flats.Mike Kloser of Vail was second in 1:00:01.Breckenridge’s Monique Merrill took second in the women’s 20K skate race (1:08:07) behind former U.S. Ski team member, Sarah Konrad (1:02:21). Konrad, of Laramie, Wyo., boasts an impressive past. Last season she was ranked 18th in USSA standings, she was sixth place at senior nationals in the 10K skate and she also competed in Sapporo, Japan at the World Ski championships. Between the star-studded field, local multi-sport racing/training addicts and first-timers, Frisco’s 38th annual Gold Rush provided ample opportunities to race hard then share stories.
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