Steamboat skiers compete in famed Birkebeiner cross-country race |

Steamboat skiers compete in famed Birkebeiner cross-country race

Luke Graham

— Steamboat Springs residents competed during the weekend in the American Birkebeiner, the largest race of its kind in North America and the fourth largest in the world.

Pacing Steamboat finishers was Tammy Jacques, who won her 45-49 division and was 16th overall in the Female Elite Wave.

"I was only three minutes down with 10-kilometers to go but really started to slow and lost the top ten," Jacques said. "My skis were not gliding well on the downhill portions, and I lost the lead group due to slow skis on the downhill portions."

In the skate competition, TJ Thrasher was 225th male finisher, Allen Belshaw was 840th, Will Cheesebro was 1,561st, Alan Krause was 1,879th and Patrick Corser was 2,698th. Nikki Durkan was the 62nd woman, Tasha Thrasher was 134th, Melissa Detzner was the 168th and Kathryn Krause was 685th.

In the Kortelopet classic, Birgitta Lindgren was 456th and Kajsa Lindren was 457th.

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