Half-marathon skiers take to the first leg of the course Saturday during the 25th annual Steamboat Stampede at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Half-marathon skiers take to the first leg of the course Saturday during the 25th annual Steamboat Stampede at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center.

25th annual Stampede attracts more than 140 competitors

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Tyler Scholl, 9, of Steamboat Springs, finishes his 10-kilometer race strong Saturday during the 25th annual Steamboat Stampede at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center.

— With Saturday’s conditions, it was tough to find anyone with a negative word to say about the 25th annual Steamboat Stampede at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center.

More than 140 competitors skated or classic skied one of five distances in pristine, almost springlike conditions.

There were 3-, 5- and 10-kilometer races as well as 23- and 43-kilometer races. The longer races equated to a half-marathon and full marathon.

The shorter races are the first of the Sven Wiik Nordic Cup Race Series. Other races in the series will take place through February at Steamboat Lake, Lake Catamount and Howelsen Hill.

“We have the best snow in the state,” race director Birgitta Lindgren said. “People were excited to ski on good conditions. We had a lot of calls with people asking, ‘How many bare spots do you have?’ We don’t have any.”

In the men’s skate marathon, Michael Brothers won with a time of 1 hour, 51 minutes and 17.2 seconds. Katie Lindquist won the women’s skate in 2:29:59.20. Zach Beresford won the marathon classic in 2:19:12.45, and Kerri White won the women’s classic marathon in 2:58:40.75.

In the half-marathon skate, Grant Williams won the men’s race with a time of 1:03:59.05, and Kari Distefano won the women’s in 1:10:30.12. Jon Freckelton won the men’s half-marathon classic race in 1:15:03.23, and Marie Payot won the women’s in 1:20:17.75.

In the 10-kilometer skate race, Michael Ward (27:21.84) won the men’s, and Tabor Scholl (31:40.80) won the women’s. Zeb Tipton won the 5-kilometer men’s skate race in 20:56.48, and Mary O’Connell won the women’s in 23:47.64.

Madison Keeffe won the women’s 5-kilometer classic in 24:35.38, Sven Tate won the men’s 3-kilometer skate in 12:24.50, Jordi Floyd won the women’s 3-kilometer skate in 11:37.33 and Nathan Depuy won the men’s 3-kilometer classic race in 13:06.70.

Lindgren said 142 people competed, which was a good number. She said in the past, they’ve had more but also said the race went off without

a hitch.

“We’re definitely very happy with that,” she said. “We had great conditions. The weather cooperated. We had good, even conditions the whole way. It didn’t get too warm to make it difficult for the longer races. The conditions stayed steady. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

The next big event at the Ski Touring Center will be the Colorado Ski for Women event Jan. 31.

The theme for the event is Alice in Winterland, and people are encouraged to dress up. The person with the best costume will win a season pass to the Ski Touring Center for next season.

Registration for the Colorado Ski for Women runs from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 31. The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. A time trial will begin at 11:30 a.m.

The event will include a silent auction, lunch and a raffle.

“We’d love to see everybody and anybody,” Lindgren said. “Come ski and snowshoe and dress up. There will be live music, and it should be a lot of fun.”

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