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Summit Nordic masters dominate Steamboat Stampede

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Special to the DailySome of the local Nordic skiers that dominated the Steamboat Stampede last weekend. From left to right: Bill Allen, an unidentified person, Marie Payot, Bonnie McCoy, Lynn Koester, Sharon Crawford, Bob Cottrell, Ksusha Shambarger, John Taylor, 'Mac' McCoy and Ryan Mihm.

Steamboat Springs – Summit master Nordic skiers have a tradition of being a cohesive social group, but last Saturday at the 25th annual Steamboat Stampede, they displayed their prowess in racing too.

Under partly sunny skies, with nary a breeze at the Steamboat Touring Center, 12 Summit skiers competed in the silver anniversary edition of an event that showcases 42- and 23-kilometer races. The result? Ten Summit skiers won their respective age divisions, while two finished second.

The best performance of the day was posted by Scott Oberbreckling, who finished third overall (first in the men’s 45-49 group) in the 42K skate with a time of 1:57:38.

“The 42K is exactly the running marathon distance of 26.2 miles, so you get a sense of how brisk Scott’s 4:30 per mile pace was, particularly considering the long, sustained hills on the course,” noted Breckenridge resident and fellow competitor Lowell ‘Mac’ McCoy.

The best Summit women’s result in the 42K skate was Ksusha Shambarger’s 2:43:32, good for second overall and first in the 25-29 division. It was a particularly good result since it was her first ski marathon.

Rounding out Summit’s success in the 42K skate were Ryan Mihm (first in men’s 30-34), Bruce Dickinson (first in men’s 55-59), and Bill Allen (second in men’s 50-54).

Summit podium finishes in the 23K skate included Bob Cottrell (first in men’s 45-49), Lowell McCoy (first in men’s 60-64) and Laura Dickinson (second in women’s 45-49).

In the 23K classic race, Marie Payot, an ‘honorary’ Summit Countian, here for the winter from Chamonix, France, was the overall women’s winner. John Taylor (men’s 70-74) and Sharon Crawford (women’s 65-69) each won their age group as well.

In the 10K skate, Bonnie McCoy won the women’s 60-69 division.

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