Gold Run Loppet skiers in it for the long trip |

Gold Run Loppet skiers in it for the long trip

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Boulderite Matt Muir leads a pack of skate skiers around the first loop in Saturday's annual 15K and 30K Loppet race at Breckenridge Gold Run Nordic Center. This year 56 competitors from all over the state competed in the race - bib numbers over 200 skiing in the 30K and bib numbers under 200 skiing in the 15K.

BRECKENRIDGE – Loppet is a Norwegian word meaning “long trip,” so when long-distance cross country enthusiasts hear about a nearby Loppet race, they usually start applying a fresh coat of wax to their skis.More than 50 skiers came to the Gold Run Nordic center in search of a long trip at Saturday’s Gold Run Loppet. A 15K and 30K skate race started at the same time, and ended with Collbran’s Glenn Randall winning the men’s 15K and Cedar Edge resident Dave Aschwanden taking the men’s 30K. On the women’s side, Breckenridge residents Kate Chapman and Monique Merrill won the 15K and 30K, respectively.Aschwanden crossed the finish line hardly breathing, with snow quickly settling on the course. The event was void of spectators, but the lack of crowds didn’t keep the skiers from pushing themselves through the slow conditions. “I’m pretty pleased with how this race went,” Aschwanden said. “New snow always makes it a little slow, but it’s there for everyone, so it’s just hard work.”Aschwanden races almost every weekend of the winter, and said he likes the change of pace a low key event like the Gold Run Loppet offers.”It’s a relaxing atmosphere. At a more national-level marathon everybody is so up tight because everthing has to be perfect,” Aschwanden said. “I like coming to these races to test my skis and focus on everything I’m doing.”Randall, 18, easily won the 15K race, in preparation for his trip to the Junior World Championships in Finland next month.”I raced pretty hard today and it feels good to win, but I measure myself more with how I think my race went,” Randall said. “And I had a good race today, so that’s the most important part.” This will be Randall’s second chance to test his speed against the best young cross country skiers in the world. Randall qualified for the junior worlds two years ago, but wasn’t pleased with his performance.”I went over there and got destroyed,” Randall said.Tom Sain, who led the Summit High School girls Nordic team to the state championship as their head coach last weekend, raced in the 30K Loppet on Saturday. After finishing ninth, Sain said he could have used some of his own instruction during the race.

“It’s kind of hard to practice what you preach when you’re out of shape,” Sain said smiling. “But I didn’t quit.”Even coming in unprepared, Sain said he enjoyed the snowy race.”It’s just fun to go out there and have your heart beat hard,” Sain said. “There’s a little suffering involved as well, but that’s just part of skiing.”After Randall, the next four men’s 15K finishers included in order Kyle Ahern (Breckenridge), Dan Clark, Bill Frielingsdorf (Silverthorne) and Kevin Schehrer (Breckenridge). After Aschwanden, Shawn Scholl (Kremling), Russell Bollig, Pete Swenson (Boulder) and Dawes Wilson (Vail) took second through fifth.The 2-5 finishers in the women’s 15K included Mary Frielingsdorf (Silverthorne), Steph Scholl (Kremling), Kathy Neel (Breckenridge) and Sarah Landeryou (Silverthorne). In the women’s 30K, Merrill was followed by Janet Myshrall, Suzi Evans and Mary Gervais (Breckenridge). Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at men1. Glenn Randall 0:50:522. Kyle Ahern0:54:573. Dan Clark0:57:004. Bill Frielingsdorf0:58:565. Kevin Schehrer1:01:58

15K women1. Kate Chapman1:04:402. Mary Frielingsdorf1:05:533. Steph Scholl 1:09:064. Kathy Neel1:12:395. Sarah Landeryou 1:17:49

1. Dave Aschwanden1:39:192. Shawn Scholl1:39:373. Russel Bollig1:42:414. Pete Swenson1:44:095. Dawes Wilson1:44:5430K women1. Monique Merril1:56:442. Janet Myshrall2:11:353. Suzi Evans2:17:164. Mary Gervais2:41:46

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