Rangeley Lakes Loppet – Rossignol Team Sweeps the 50km
Rangeley, ME. Under clear blue skies, 360 skiers came out to challenge themselves on the on the rolling trails of the Rangeley Lakes Ski Club
The skiers came from all six New England states as well as New York, Minnesota, Colorado and Quebec. In the women’s 50 km race the three Minnesotan women from the Rossignol Marathon team swept the top three spots. Skiing together for most of the race Joann Hanowski (Duluth, MN) out sprinted Kim Rudd (Golden Valley, MN) to win by five seconds in 2:32:23. Jamie Misner (New Hope, MN) finished third in 2:33:30.
Three boys from Vermont skied the whole 50 km race together until the last kilometer when Rossignol’s Eli Enman (Huntington, VT) sprinted off the front to win by 10 seconds over the Maine Winter Sports Centers Brayton Osgood (Putney, VT) in a time of 2:04:58. Colin Rodgers (Westford, VT), also training at the Maine Winter Sports Center finished third in 2:05:32.
Sproule Love led a crew of skiers from New York City to drove the nine hours to Rangeley, and recorded an impressive sixths place finish in 2:12:42, just head of fellow New Yorker Tim Donahue 2:13:32.
â€œTrain to race, race to eatâ€ could have been the mantra of the racers. Praise for the excellent grooming, fun rolling course, and excellent homemade food was universal. Race Director Linda Dexter was very pleased with the turnout and very excited about the planned expansion at Saddleback Mtn. next year.
Great Glen To Bretton Woods Adventure
Eli Enman Makes it Two for Two in the Double Marathon Challenge.
While most people headed out for an easy ski, or home to recover, after the Rangeley marathon, Eli Enman and a number of other tough skiers headed to New Hampshire for the race around Mount Washington – the Great Glen to Bretton Woods Nordic Adventure. Enman continued his winning ways in this 50 K classic race, while Ann Rasmussen earned the women's title.
results and photos can be found at www.nensa.net