Billy Dutton Uphill race increases scholarship fund
OLYMPIC, VALLEY, Calif. — One of the Truckee-Tahoe area’s staples of Nordic racing added to the hardware in his trophy room Saturday, claiming another win at the annual Billy Dutton Uphill.
The race, which features 2,000 feet of climbing on a 3.2-mile course at Palisades Tahoe, raises funds for the Far West Nordic Ski Education Association’s Ted Beauchamp scholarship fund.
Tav Streit, 48, picked up another Billy Dutton Uphill title, completing the course that takes skiers from the base of KT-22, up Mountain Run to Shirley Lake, and then down to the finish at High Camp, more than three minutes faster than the next competitor. Streit finished Sunday’s race with a time of 38 minutes, 17 seconds.
Andy Anderson, 46, took second place with a time of 41:46, and Paul Sweeney, 57, was third with a time of 42:12.
On the women’s side, Reb Anderson, 45, took first place with a time of 50:24. Hailey Gordon, 12, was second place with a time of 51:16, and Addie Purvance Rassuchine, 13, was third with a time 51:40.
The race, which brought in more than 65 competitors, increased the amount Far West Nordic hands out via the Ted Beauchamp Scholarship from $1,500 to $2,000, according to organizers. The scholarship fund was established in 1998 by the Beauchamp family and the Far West Nordic Ski Association in memory of Ted Beauchamp, a long time supporter of cross-country skiing and member of the Far West board of directors.
Funds help a different individual each year that shows a love for Nordic skiing, is a dedicated athlete, and has the desire and potential to compete at the national level. The recipient is chosen each year by the Far West Board and the Beauchamp family, and is one of the highest honors that a junior Nordic ski racer can achieve in the Far West Division.
For more information or to apply to future scholarships, visit http://www.farwestnordic.com.
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