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6th Annual TD Bank White Mountain 30K Classic held Jan. 24

Record field at 30K X-C race

Lining up for the start of the White Mountain Classic 30K Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. (click for larger version)
January 28, 2010
In the men's race, a pack of Dartmouth skiers picked up three of the top five positions. In a tight contest, Brett Palm won the men's race in 1:23.53, followed by Sam Marshall in 1:24.09, and Ryan Kerrigan in 1:24.22.

In the women's race it was Hannah Dreissigacker leading by 1:32.38 over her former Dartmouth teammate, Ally Crocker, who had a time of 1:33.27. Robyn Anderson came in third with a time of 1:38.15.

New this year was an adaptive category to the race, with seven sit-skiers who lined up in the mass start along with the 300 able bodied skiers. Skiing for the Northeast Passage Team, they raced a section of the 30k course. Marlon Shepard, Sean O'Neill and Brent Cote took the first three places for the men and Dana Alicia and Arika Zeilfelder took the first two places for the women. Besides the racers, there was a large category of touring skiers, high school teams, and families looking to get a nice long ski in together.

Local skier Nat Lucy was the first Mount Washington Valley male finisher in 12th place at 1:30:19, winning his age category in a homestretch sprint. Also winning their age category from the valley were Seth Eastman, Silas Eastman, Doug Armstrong, Janna Kurnick and Sally Swenson. Full race time results are available at http://www.nensa.net/results/index.php?io_view=events&top_event_id=465&season=.

The race is the first of the New England Nordic Ski Association's eastern US marathon race series. "And it is the Mount Washington Nordic Club's major fund raiser for its efforts to encourage youth from the greater Mount Washington Valley to participate in cross country skiing as a healthy, lifelong sport," said Ken Kimball race co-director. The quote of the race was by a Maine High School team participant at one of the feed stations "I can't believe cross-country skiing can be so much fun!"

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