Nordic racing: 200-plus compete in Tahoe Rim Tour |

Nordic racing: 200-plus compete in Tahoe Rim Tour

Sun Staff report
Submitted to the SunRussell Kennedy, left, and Phillip Violett race to the finish of the Tahoe Rim Tour on Sunday. Violett and Kennedy finished 1-2 in the classic race division.

Well over 200 people took advantage of ideal Nordic racing conditions to compete in the Tahoe Rim Tour fundraiser on Sunday.

The point-to-point race, which raises money for the Far West Nordic Junior Ski Program, began at North Tahoe High School on Dollar Hill and ended 26 kilometers later at the Northstar Cross Country Center.

Among the three divisions and#8212; classic, skate and snowshoe and#8212; 123 people raced the classic, 79 did the skate race and 20 snowshoed.

Phillip Violett and Beth Reid captured first place, respectively, the men’s and women’s classic divisions, while Todd Craig and Beth Thomas won the skate race, and Peter Fain and Marianne Chandler won the snowshoe race.

Russell Kennedy finished runner-up in the classic division, posting a time of 1:28:44 to Violett’s winning mark of 1:28:43. Tav Streit was third, Marcus Nash fourth and Glenn Jobe fifth.

Reid finished sixth overall in winning the women’s classic race with a time of 1:35:25. She was followed by Kara LaPoint, who placed second among women and 13th overall in 1:42:12. Judy Rabinowitz was the third woman, Julie Young was fourth and Kari Rust fifth.

In the skate race, Craig posting a winning time of 1:26:22, while Donatas Ereminas finished second in 1:28:12. Ryan Gini placed third, Bill Arnoff fourth and Dan Warren fifth.

Thomas took first place among women and 14th overall with at time of 1:41:20, and Mischel Sable took second in 1:48:44. June Lane placed third, Monika Nesetrilova fourth and Nancy Rosenblum fifth.

Fain finished the snowshoe race more than 4 minutes ahead of runner-up Justin Thomas, posting a time of 2:09:25 to Thomas’ 2:13:36. Piers Stockwell finished third, Ross McMahon was fourth and Marianne Chandler was fifth in winning the women’s division with a time of 2:42:54. Sarah McMahon (2:45:59) placed second among women and sixth overall, while Jamie Frink was third, Jennifer Farrar fourth and Joann Ellero fifth.