Aspen Times Town Race Series concludes
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – Competitors in the Aspen Town Race Series gathered at the base of Aspen Highlands on Saturday afternoon, basking in the sun. After six weeks of racing, awards were handed out and laughs were shared with beers and hamburgers in hand.
The 31st annual race series concluded with a slalom. In the men’s and women’s advanced categories, Craig Carlson and Ashleigh Boulton finished on top of the podium for team Casa Tua/POC and Scuderia Whitehall, respectively.
With their wins, Carlson and Boulton secured first place overall in their divisions.
“I’ve never raced in Aspen for the town series and I had a blast,” Boulton said. “A lot of people got better over the course of the season.”
Boulton moved to Aspen from New Hampshire last November and finished the series with 500 points, 60 ahead of Asia Jenkins. The 20-year-old took first in five of six races.
Carlson, the Aspen High alpine coach who finished 169 points ahead of Steve Centofanti, was competing in the race series for a sixth time. He committed to competing in all six races this winter – and it paid off. Carlson finished first three times and took second on two other occasions.
“It’s really more of a team series than individual,” the 28-year-old Carlson said. “Just being with my team and going for the overall team win was a lot of fun.”
Added Boulton: “I loved the guys who I raced with, and they were very supportive of my skiing.”
Carlson’s Casa Tua/POC squad took home the overall team award with 500 points.
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It’s that time of year — hikers and mountain bikers must be aware that seasonal closures are taking effect on multiple trails in the area today for the winter for the benefit of wildlife.