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The Great Ski Race attracts 990 athletes

Matt Riddle

Sunny skis and an eager crowd greeted The Great Ski Race, 27 years in the running.

The race logged 990 racers, but only 878 finished the 18-mile/30 kilometer race.

Travelling close to 30 miles per hour at the steep section at the finish line, many racers were able to make up a place or two simply by tucking when the racer in front wasn’t.

Patrick Weaver, of Bend, Ore., took a decisive first at 1:13:16. He was followed by John Engen at 1:14:06 and in the battle for third right behind found Colin Mahood edging out Peter Webb, both finishing at 1:14:08 for third and fourth, respectively. Kent Murdoch rounded the top five one minute later at 1:17:38.

For the women’s side, Katarina Hansova, of Truckee and former University of Nevada, Reno, Nordic team standout, took seventh overall at 1:18:47. Suzanne King was 11th overall at 1:19:30. Muffy Ritz was 35th overall at 1:26:23, Candace Cable with the USSA Disabled ski team, the USSA Disabled Ski Team’s first sit-skier, in 57th overall at 1:30:19 and Julie Young in 68th overall at 1:32:02.

Rick Reynolds, of Truckee, was the fastest local, finishing eighth overall.