Briefs: Two skaters head to national showcase, Enduro a go, XTERRA not |

Briefs: Two skaters head to national showcase, Enduro a go, XTERRA not

Molly Schlesinger, left, and Liam Sunkel, right, stand beside instructor Kevin Arias after winning the 16-and-under divisions of the Snowmass Club Junior Championships on July 21.
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Two local figure skaters to compete at national showcase in Michigan

Two local figure skaters, Mary Tarver Reid and Savannah Kallas, qualified to compete in the United States Figuring Skating National Showcase Aug. 2-5 at the Kensington Valley Ice House in Brighton, Michigan. Tarver Reid, who will be a senior at Aspen High School, is coached by Elaine Kozel and will skate to a melody of songs from the Broadway musical and film “West Side Story.” Kallas, a seventh grader at Aspen Middle School, is coached by Teri Hooper and will skate to “Step in Time” from the Walt Disney film and musical “Mary Poppins.”

Big Mountain Enduro returns to Aspen, Snowmass this weekend

Aspen and the Snowmass Bike Park are set to host the 2018 Big Mountain Enduro Finals this weekend. The fourth and final stop on the BME circuit, Saturday and Sunday will feature five stages that will decide the season-long champions. New this year, the Aspen/Snowmass race also is part of the Enduro World Series Continental Series, a feeder system into the elite EWS. The EWS held one of its stages in Snowmass last summer.

The first two stages are Saturday, beginning with Aspen Mountain before transitioning to the Sunnyside Trail. All three of Sunday’s stages are in Snowmass. Stage 3 will include Animal Crackers and Two Creeks, Stage 4 Sam’s Knob into West Government Trail, and Stage 5 will be the Bonzai DH, concluding at Base Village.

Thursday (Ajax/Sunnyside) and Friday (Snowmass) will be practice days for the riders. More than 300 athletes are expected to compete in 11 different race categories. The final awards ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday in Snowmass Village.

So far this summer, BME has held races in Santa Fe (May 26), Crested Butte (June 23-24) and Keystone (July 7).

XTERRA triathlon this weekend called off because of Basalt fire

The XTERRA Aspen Valley triathlon, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been called off because of the Lake Christine Fire. Produced by Without Limits Productions, the off-road triathlon had been held annually since 2014 and centered around the Kodiak Ski Lake in Basalt. A large portion of the trail used for the foot race and mountain bike race was damaged by the Lake Christine Fire. Ultimately the organizers made the decision to cancel the event, with no makeup date expected.


Molly Schlesinger and Liam Sunkel won the 16-and-under divisions of the Snowmass Club Junior Championships on July 21.

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