David Stewart Enters the Final 200m On the Common
Vermont resident and Subaru Factory Team racer David Stewart was this year's overall winner in the men's 50k race. Right from the starting bell, Stewart pushed the pace hard up the first several kilometers of climbing, only to find out from other racers in the lead group that the cash bonus awarded in past years to the first racer to reach the top of Barr Hill at 4km was not in effect this year. After one of Stewart's Subaru Factory teammates dropped off the back, the only other skiers at the front were Eli Enman of Huntington, Vermont and “Craftsbury's own” Nick Trautz. After skiing together for 30km, Stewart put on an incredible surge which Trautz later described as being a full-on 5k race pace. Neither Trautz nor Enman were able to hang on and were left to battle it out for second place.
Going into the final long climb with 2k remaining, Enman had roughly a 15 second lead over Trautz. Enman however was running out of gas and Trautz put on a final push to overtake him for second place, just over ten minutes behind Stewart's winning time of 2:45:13. This was the first marathon of the year for Stewart, who said it was also his first race since US Nationals in early January.
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