Ballengee wins Beaver Creek snowshoe series race |

Ballengee wins Beaver Creek snowshoe series race

Daily News staff report

BEAVER CREEK – Sunshine and blue skies brought a record number of snowshoers to Beaver Creek, including Dillon’s Danelle Ballengee and Josiah Middaugh of Vail, who captured the 10K titles at Saturday’s Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series race.

Ballengee posted a time of 1 hour, 0.18 seconds, outdistancing Eagle’s Anita Ortiz by a comfortable 3 minutes, while Team Atlas’ Syl Corbett of Boulder finished third with a time of 1.04.40.

Ortiz had claimed victory in the opening Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series 10K in December.

“(Danelle’s) fast. She’s got a faster turnover than I do on the flats,” said Ortiz. “I could gain a little ground on her on the uphills, but then we would hit a flat and she’d be gone.”

The women’s 10K top five was rounded out by Helen Cospolich of Breckenridge in fourth and terra specialist Lisa Isom in fifth.

For the men, reigning champ Josiah Middaugh claimed a solid win with a recorded time of 53.59, while Atlas Team member Greg Krause of Denver clocked in at 55.18, and Boulder’s Travis Macy closed in behind with a time of 56.19.

This marks Middaugh’s second win in the competitive 10K event of the 2003-2004 Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series.

In the East-West 5K Quest, Heidi Vosbeck of Glenwood Springs placed first for The 2003-04 Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series will continue Feb. 21 with the third race in the series, while the final event, the North American Snowshoe Championships, is on tap for March 13.

For additional information on the sixth annual Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series, visit

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