Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Santa Fe Snow Shoe Classic - Race Report

After the bottleneck, the course's first climb
A quick recap from last weekend's Santa Fe Snow Shoe Classic at the Norski Trails.  Race day weather was clear and not too cold, the track had good snow cover, and there was a great field of runners.  Scanning the race results, there were a lot of racers that made the drive from outside Santa Fe - coming up from Tijeras, Albuquerque, Penasco, Los Alamos, Los Lunas, and even a few from Socorro. People got the jones for some snowshoeing apparently.

Eric the Viking shunning comfort, as is his m.o.
The race itself loops around Norski, one lap for the 5K event, two for the 10K.  The actual course distance is a bit shy of 5K/10K but I didn't hear anyone complaining on race day since the going was tough with deceptively soft footing and finishing times that were several minutes slower than the year before. 

Lucy Ranney powers to the 5K finish
Sean Cunniff of Santa Fe ran away with the 5K overall, besting last year's champion Tarik Saleh of Los Alamos.  Last year's women's runner-up Shirley Van Slooten of Santa Fe claimed the women's 5K title over Chimayo's Gina Ortiz. Albuquerque's Daryl Dagle dropped the day's fastest two laps of the course in winning the 10K title over Santa Fe's Matt Dreier. Whitney Dreier coasted to the women's 10K title with Los Alamos' Liz Miller in second.  The consensus of the field was that soft snow conditions sapped leg turnover.  Runners looked pretty spent as they hit the finish line. Podium results were as follows:

5K Overall: 1) Sean Cunniff, 27m 35s; 2) Tarik Saleh, 30:21; 3) Shirley Van Slooten, 31:59.    
W1)Shirley Van Slooten, 31:59; W2) Gina Ortiz, 34:06; W3) Tove Shere, 35:09.

10K Overall: 1) Daryl Dagle, 53:01; 2) Matt Dreier, 55:52; 3) Nathan Romero, 56:41.     
W1) Whitney Dreier, 1:07:24; W2) Liz Miller, 1:13:42; W3) Meredith Schoenfeld, 1:21:30.
Ted Romero nails down his 10K effort
REI Santa Fe provided shoe rentals and raffle prizes for the race. NM Bike & Sport helped with raffle prizes, The Running Hub provided gift certificates for the overall winners as well as additional raffle prizes, Mike Walsh at Paseo Pottery provided the overall and age-group awards, and SF Screen Printers embroidered the cool ski hats. Race director Kris Peterson put the whole show together once again.  I know that we had a few more runners in this year's field than last.

Jim & Christina before the awards and raffle
I didn't run the race this year, but helped at the finish, snapped a few photos, and heckled loudly during the raffle drawing.  Afterward, Christina and I skied for an hour around the Norski loop and grabbed some lunch and a beer at Tesuque Village Market.  Another fine day on the mountain.

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