Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Billy Goat Loppet brings out 33 skiers

No snow, then too much

This year’s Billy Goat Loppet winners Jon Engen (left) and Morgan Arritola. Courtesy photo

No snow. Then, too much snow.

But the Sun Valley Ski Club's Billy Goat Loppet cross-country ski race sponsored by Backwoods Mountain Sports managed to come off Saturday, Jan. 21 for 33 diehard competitors who found fresh, softer-than-usual snow conditions.

Podium placers for the 10-kilometer skate race north of Ketchum were—Men: 1—Jon Engen (33:19). 2—David Vanderpool. 3—Kris Thoreson. Women: 1—Morgan Arritola (32:49). 2—Brooke Hovey. 3—Muffy Ritz.

Organizer Jenny Busdon said, "Due to the 'snowpocalypse,' organizers were unsure whether they could, in fact, stage the race. First, it was thought we wouldn't be able to have the race at Billy's Bridge due to lack of snow.

"Then it became obvious when two big fast-moving snowstorms hit the Sun Valley area Thursday and Friday before the race, there was every possibility it wouldn't be staged at all due to too much snow!"

Busdon thanked Hammer Nutrition, Perry's, Atkinsons', Clear Creek Disposal and to all the volunteers who helped make the race happen under challenging conditions. She gave special thanks to Blaine County Recreation District for its phenomenal job the night before of packing down the course to make it skiable.



Men's 10k: 1—Jon Engen 33:19. 2—David Vanderpool 35:54. 3—Kris Thoreson 36:00. 4—Del Pletcher 36:01. 5—Jedd Young 36:29. 6—Jim McClatchy 39:00. 7—Mike Wolter 40:23. 8—Jon Holmquist 41:35. 9—John Seiller 42:18. 10—Sigi Vogl 42:23. 11—Gary Bowlin 42:44. 12—Tom Pomeroy 46:32. 13—Tullio Celano 47:16. 14—David Riemanc 59:19. DNF—Roger Miller and Peter Meier.

Women's 10k: 1—Morgan Arritola 32:49. 2—Brooke Hovey 35:13. 3—Muffy Ritz 37:10. 4—Kristen Monahan 37:21. 5—Tricia Swartling 42:32. 6—Susan Thoreson 42:39. 7—Gabriele Andersen 43:22. 8—Sue Engelmann 44:46. 9—Robin Potts 45:48. 10—Vicki Wiseman 50:56. 11—Carol Rank 50:57. 12—Lucy Bourret 56:19. 13—Kelly Martin 1.01:56. 14—Karena Jena Simpson 1.06:06. Shorter course: Veronique Forgeat 44:29. Kids' 1k: Ella Wolter, 10, 10:05 and Raine Filbert, 10, 10:09.

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