Runners leave the starting line during the Stride for the Glide running race Saturday at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Runners leave the starting line during the Stride for the Glide running race Saturday at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center.

Steamboat Nordic community shifts gears for running race

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— Simon Zink lives in Winter Park but trains with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's ability cross-country team.

On Saturday, in mild temperatures and with so much exposed grass at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club that a round of golf was possible, Simon couldn’t believe what he saw.

“It’s weird being here in December and seeing the grass,” the 14-year-old said. “I mean, I’ve never been here without snow.”

But so it goes for the cross-country ability team.

Mother Nature hasn’t cooperated thus far, but in typical Steamboat fashion, residents and athletes find another way to occupy their time.

So it was Saturday that members of the Winter Sports Club's cross-country team and a small contingent of Steambiat residents took to the Steamboat Ski Touring Center for the 3.7-mile Stride for the Glide running race. The race gave many in the Nordic community a different perspective of the golf course. The race's course followed the club's golf cart path.

“It’s always good to put on a bib,” said head ability coach Josh Smullin, who won Saturday’s race in 23 minutes, 38 seconds. “It makes people go a little harder and get them practicing competing. It makes it official instead of just another practice.”

Like most teams, though, the Winter Sports Club cross-country squad hasn’t been idle. After early season success on Bruce’s Trail on Rabbit Ears Pass, the team recently returned from a training camp and competitions in Montana.

Closer to home, the team has used Howelsen Hill and has been able to ski at the Steamboat Ski Area by heading up Why Not to the base of Thunderhead.

They might not be ideal training conditions, but they're something.

“It’s definitely been interesting,” said Abbey Habermehl, the first women’s finisher on Saturday in 30:37. “We’ve done a lot more roller skiing and dryland training. But there are a lot of other places in the same position.”

Talk among the 42 competitors Saturday included hints of a snow dance. Legendary Nordic skier Sven Wiik was on hand, indicating he might even do a dance in hopes of influencing the weather.

Snow or not, most runners agreed that Saturday’s event could become an annual thing.

“We really want to make this an annual event,” Brigitta Lindgren told a room full of runners during a prize drawing. “Hopefully next year it’s just not on the same day.”

Simon Zink was the top junior men's runner on Saturday and second overall, finishing in 23:52. Ann Barbier was the top non-junior in the women's field, finishing in 30:47. See below for complete race results.

  1. Josh Smullin, 23:38
  2. Simon Zink, 23:52
  3. Evan Weinman, 24:11
  4. Harry Niedl, 24:52
  5. Eddie Rogers, 25:42
  6. Kyrill Kretzschmar, 28:16
  7. Evan Barbier, 28:22
  8. Tyler Terranova, 28:23
  9. Brad Piske , 28:38
  10. Seth Zegelstein, 30:12.0
  11. Sven Tate, 30:25.0
  12. Brian Tate, 30:26.0
  13. Abbey Habermehl, 30:37.0
  14. Ann Barbier, 30:47.0
  15. Karen Waeschle, 30:54.0
  16. Dave Carley, 31:37.0
  17. Jordi Floyd, 31:45.0
  18. Chase High, 33:29.0
  19. Mitch Meissner, 33:35.0
  20. Leslee Hampel, 34:25.0
  21. Allison Tate, 34:57.0
  22. Lark Skov, 35:46.0
  23. Tanner Richard, 35:50.0
  24. Barb Walz, 36:23.0
  25. Matai Curzon, 36:45.0
  26. Reilly Mewborn, 39:28.0
  27. Katy Floyd, 39:36.0
  28. Soria Rabanal, 39:55.0
  29. Ben Anderson, 39:55.0
  30. Anna Terranova, 39:56.0
  31. Mark Andersen, 39:58.0
  32. Kris Anderson, 39:58.0
  33. Elise Barbier, 44:42.0
  34. Gabe Rabanal, 45:15.0
  35. Althea Ort , 46:32.0
  36. Sidney Barbier, 50:05.0
  37. Grey Barbier, 52:45.0
  38. Ayla Doyle, 54:56.0
  39. Mary Kelley, 1:02:06
  40. Mike Moore, 1:02:06
  41. Sandy Moore, 1:02:06

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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