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All the winners

Dear Editor:This letter is a follow up to Thursday’s letter (Feb. 8) regarding the 24 Hours of Sunlight race last weekend and giving credit where it is due. Printing first-place winners in most categories is great and what should be done, but everyone who was on the podium from the valley area, in first, second and third places, deserves the same acknowledgment for participating in and finishing an incredible race such as this one.In particular, I salute third-place winner Brian Johnson of Carbondale in the men’s solo division. Brian, who last year’s winner with his partner in the duo division, set his goal at 24 laps, but completed 27, never stopping for much more than 10 minutes, usually much less, before the next ascent. Also to be saluted were his team sponsors, his Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol buddies, guys and gals who were there throughout the 24 hours to offer him food and hot drink, dry clothes and encouragement at the finish of each lap, even though most had to report to the Highlands the following morning for work.The “nut cases” do not participate just to be praised, but for the challenge to compete and complete. But let’s give them some praise anyway! Their remarkable feats deserve it.As you never did print the entire race results, other deserving participants who I wish you had acknowledged are the following: Women’s solo: second place, Helen Benson of Glenwood SpringsDuo pro: second place, Jaclynn Derosier of Snowmass and David Gensch of Glenwood; third place, Eileen Wysocki of New Castle and Andrea Sprung of GlenwoodFive person open: second place, Mark Feinsinger of Carbondale, Heidi Vosbeck of Glenwood, Greg Wetzel of Glenwood, Megan Quill of Basalt and John Patrick of Glenwood; third place, Matt Martin, Travis Tucker, Peter Phair, Mike Walla, all of Glenwood, with Mary Sunderland of TellurideMen’s senior: second place, Luke Caudill, Jason Caudill, Mikie Eaton, Lowie Dawson, all of Carbondale; third place, Chris Drake, Patrick Drake, Dallas Rippy, all of Glenwood, with Scott Steinbrecher of Denver.Carol P. KleinCarbondale


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