Two Raitters victorious at Swift Skedaddle
BRECKENRIDGE – Bill and Sarah Raitter are a married couple that like to get out and do things together.One of their favorite shared hobbies is snowshoe racing and it is something they both do quite well. In town for the day from Estes Park, the Raitters picked up a pair of victories Sunday at the Gold Run Swift Skedaddle.Bill Raitter won the men’s 10K race with a time of 48 minutes, 23 seconds, while his wife, Sarah, won the women’s 4K in 27minutes flat.
Bill Raitter, who with his wife recently moved to Colorado from Oregon, described the Centennial State as a hotbed for snowshoe racing.”There are so many competitive series out here (in Colorado),” he said. “There was really no competition in Oregon.”The Raitters also found success last weekend at Beaver Creek’s North American Snowshoe Championship, as they each finished fifth in their respective classes. The Raitters both plan to compete in the National Snowshoe Championship, March 25, in Bolton Valley, Vt.Avon’s Antonion Holguin was the second-place finisher in the men’s 10K race with a time of 49:14. Following a seventh-place finish at Beaver Creek, he too will be competing in Vermont in two weeks. Summit County’s Eric Black was the third-place finisher with a time of 55:14.Black said he wasn’t sure of his position until the end of the race.
“You really never know, anything can happen out there,” Black said. “You could take a wrong turn in the woods or someone could catch you on the hard pack.”Black described Sunday’s course as a combination of hard-packed sections and single-track sections that were off the groomed trail.Avon’s Anita Ortiz was the 10K female champion with a time of 1:00:24. Ortiz became confused mid-course, nearly causing her to relinquish her lead position. “I missed a turn after I followed a skier that was on the Nordic track,” Ortiz said. “I had to do a little bit extra to get back.”Ortiz was followed by Lisa Jhung in second with a time of 1:03:06 and Katie Mazzia in third, with a time of 1:03:14.
Silverthorne’s Sarah Landeryou, who finished sixth among the 10K women, began the race with her husband, Chris Keating, knowing that he would soon pull away.”I was supposed to be the rabbit,” Keating said. “And I came out like one today; I felt great.” Keating placed 15th in the 10K men’s division.Vail’s Nick Busa was the 4K men’s champion.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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