Middaugh and Ortiz prove unbeatable
BEAVER CREEK – Shaking off bitter morning temperatures, Josiah Middaugh and Anita Ortiz proved unbeatable as they claimed three-peat 10K wins at the Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series in Creekside Park Saturday. Vail’s Middaugh kept an ironclad hold on first place, dominating the Men’s 10K with a 52 minute, 49 second finish, followed by Greg Krause of Denver at 54:01. Dynamic duo Middaugh and Krause earned a hat trick on one-two finishes this year.
Mike Kloser of grabbed third place with a time of 56:48.In the women’s 10K action, Eagle’s Ortiz picked up her third solid first place of the series with a time of 1:02:56. Danelle Ballengee came in second with 1:04:09, a minute ahead of third-place finisher Sari Chwalk. The frigid weather provided the course with a few icy patches and hardened elk tracks. East West 5K Quest men’s winner Cody Evers was undeterred as he took top honors, finishing in 29:34.
“It was a potholed course, more technical. You had to watch your feet the whole way, but it was fun,” Evers said. Scott McClarrinon (29:58) took second 29.58 followed by Jeff Thompson (30:19) in third. The East West 5K Quest women’s division saw Sarah Giovagnoli, a frequent podium finisher, take first in 29:44, while Christine Adamowski settled for second with 30:05. Amy Reynolds (30:27) closed out the top three.
March 5, The Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series continues with the Jeremy Wright North American Snowshoe Championships, followed by the Snowshoe Shuffle on April 1. Both events will be held at McCoy Park. Vail, Colorado
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