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Nordic racing | Rescheduled Tahoe Rim Tour a big success

Special to the Sun
Courtesy of Nancy RosenblumClassic skiers head out at the start of the Tahoe Rim Tour race from Tahoe City to Northstar this past Sunday.
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Earlier this ski season, it looked as though the fifth edition of the Tahoe Rim Tour and#8212; an epic Nordic ski and snowshoe event that takes participants from Tahoe City to Northstar and#8212; would not take place.

With the route through Tahoe XC, up onto the Fiberboard Freeway and over Starrett pass looking far more brown than white, race organizers were forced to push the annual event from the end of January back to April, hoping winter would emerge in the coming months and enable the race to happen.

Someone’s snow dances paid off, as the entire 26-kilometer route was eventually covered. And despite a streak of warm, sunny days leading into the new race date, the coverage held up perfectly for Sunday’s event.

A total of 121 athletes took part in the rescheduled Tahoe Rim Tour, which offers classic, skate and snowshoe divisions. Elite racers and participants simply looking to and#8220;tour,and#8221; alike, enjoyed spectacular views, beautiful weather and icy, fast ski conditions as they made their way to Northstar XC, where delicious food, awards and raffle prizes awaited them at the finish.

The classic race and#8212; the highlighted division of the event and#8212; featured several of the region’s top Nordic competitors, and a tight race among a strong group of elite men.

Truckee’s August Teague came away with the win after breaking away in the final 5 kilometers of the race. He completed the course in 1:23:09, besting runner-up Gus Johnson of Reno and the Far West Farm Team by 15 seconds. Far West junior Jordan McElroy finished just 10 seconds later to place third.

Among women, Farm Team racer Kara LaPoint placed first, at 1:38:42. The mother-daughter duo of Nancy and Laurel Fiddler skied the race together from start to finish to tie for second place, with a time of 1:49:08.

In the skate division, which took to the start line 30 minutes after the classic race began, Jason Walenta took top honors with a time of 1:21:54. He was followed by Greg Walker, at 1:23:54, and Mike LeFrancois, at 1:25:07.

Truckee’s Beth Thomas won the women’s race in a blazing 1:25:24. Debbie Hakansson placed second in 1:28:38 while Genevieve Evans turned in a time of 1:30:26 to finish third.

Among snowshoers, Ross McMahon won the 21-kilometer race (the route was shortened slightly for this division) in dominating fashion, turning in a time of 1:49:22, nearly 20 minutes ahead of his next competitor. Katie McLelland was the top female, at 4:07:17.

Sunday’s race served as a fundraiser for the Far West Nordic division. For complete results or to learn more about the annual Tahoe Rim Tour, visit http://www.farwestnordic.org.

and#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com.