Wednesday, March 14, 2007

It was a dog day afternoon

Galena hosts 22nd annual Paw ?n? Pole

Express Staff Writer

Fitness guru Connie Aronson, of Ketchum, skis behind her companion on the Paw ?n? Pole course. Aronson and her dog also completed the course on snowshoes. Photo by Willy Cook

There is a sign posted on the deck at Galena Lodge that states, "No dogs allowed on deck."

The placard was completely ignored on Sunday as the 22nd annual Paw n' Pole took its act north of town.

All signs pointed to an excellent time had by canines and companions alike.

"I am thrilled that Galena Lodge invited us here this year," Paw n' Pole organizer Andrea Nelson said. "It is a beautiful venue, a great day and it seems like everyone is having a great time."

The event attracted 50 registered racers. Results follow:

Race results

3-kilometer Open Nordic: 1—Buck Drew (Tucker) 5:48. 2—Mike Gowe (Boca) 6:10. 3—Barbro Hatlevik (Saddie) 7:06. 4—Scott Grill (Amos) 8:01. 5—Greg Wilt (Boulder) 8:09. 6—Robin Potts (Petey) 9:36. 7—Seth Dennis (Marley) 10:11. 8—Julie Siegel (Piper) 10:34. 9—Suzanne Walsh (Toli) 11:32. 10—Liza Kombol (Marley) 12:22. 11—Nicole Kashino (Gilmet) 17:47. Honorable mention—Jason Greason (Oso).

2k Open Nordic: 1—Mary Ellen Stopol (Tako) 2:41. 2—Becky Klassen (Tucker) 4:34. 3—Suzy Hayes (Koa) 5:49. 4—Katja Casson (Shiloh) 6:03. 5—Deborah Fox (Amos) 6:44. 6—Anne Marie & Fisher Gardner (Quigley) 6:51. 7—Yuri McClure and Zach Williams (Roscoe) 7:28. 8—Joy Knoespel (Sandy) 8:16. 9—Karina Formusa (Bella) 9:00. 10—Jeff Jones (Zeni) 14:44.

1k Open Snowshoe: 1—John Beehler 2:54. 2—Erin Zell (Cooper) 3:02. 3—Connie Aronson (Hannah) 3:12. 4—Gary Schott (KC) 6:23. 5—Kim (Hairy) 6:41. 6—David McCarty (Tippin) 7:26. 7—Linda Closner (Cooper) 7:29. 8—Dale Closner (Punzi) 7:43. 9—Rosemary Aquilante (Bandit) 8:02. 10—Angie Hansen (Teton) 8:52.

1k Kids-for-Fun Nordic/Snowshoe: 1—Jamie Graninger (Paddington) 1:49. 2—Cheyanne Stopol (Tako) 2:01. 3—Kailey Wilt (Boulder) 2:17. 4—Ketchum Wilt (Boulder) 2:26. 5—Calder Zarkos (Crash) 2:41. 6—Adam Potts (Petey) 2:49. 7—Raleigh Grossbaum (Rocco) 3:24. 8—Emily Siegel (Abby) 3:28. 9—Kailey Wilt (Boulder) 4:30. 10—Alexandra Harten (Jodi) 5:11. 11—Chase Robi (Thunderpaws) 5:15. 12—Raleigh Grossbaum (Rocco) 5:25. 13—Kenya Schott (Coco) 6:18. 14—Megan Jones (Skeeter) 6:44. 15—Josie Potts (Petey) 7:28. 16—Hunter Dean (Pippin) 8:39. 17—Joseph Begovich (Cooper) 9:24. 18—Madison Dean (Daphne) 9:27.

Special Prizes

Grand prize raffle winner: Mary Ellen Stopol (2007-08 North Valley Trails pass).

Silly Pet Tricks: 1—Joseph Knoespel's rollover trick (with shelter dog Cooper). 2—Calder Zarkos' "Wave, High Five and Shake" (with Crash). 3—Raleigh Grossbaum's "Roll Over Again" (with Rocco). 4—Robin Potts "Red Light, Green Light" (with Petey).

Costume Awards: Best Adult Costume—Angie Hanson as "Witch & Wizard" (with Teton). Best Kid Costume—Madison Dean as "Poodle Girl" (Daphne). Best Dressed Dog—Deborah Fox (Amos). Funniest costume—Anne Marie and Fisher Gardner (Quigley). Emcee's Choices—Joy Knoespel (Sandy) and Joseph Begovich (Cooper). Best Family Theme—Cheyanne, Miranda and Mary Ellen Stopol (Tako).

"Iditarod (Slowest Time) Award": Nicole Kashino (Gimlet). "Big Ole Dog Award": Greg Wilt (Boulder). "Little Stinker Dog" Award: Emily Siegel (Abby). "Most Embarrassing (in this case, athletic) Moment": When Alexandra Harten lost a snowshoe during the race, crashed, got up and finished on one snowshoe.

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