Locals go the distance at 24 Hours of Sunlight
GLENWOOD SPRINGS It wasn’t a new world record, or even a personal record.That’s not to say it doesn’t deserve mention.Local Aspen Highlands Ski Patroller Brian Johnson completed 27 laps in last weekend’s 24 Hours of Sunlight to finish third for the second year in a row in the men’s solo division. Johnson completed his final lap at 10:21 a.m. and 49 seconds on Sunday morning, some 35 minutes slower than his time in last year’s race.Johnson’s 27 laps accounted for a total distance of 37.8 miles and 40,554 feet of elevation gained. The 39-year-old local, who has competed in the race since its inception in 2006, logged his fastest lap on his first go-round on the course, finishing in 32 minutes, 40 seconds. His slowest lap was his last, grunted out in 1 hour, 47 minutes, 55 seconds.Other valley locals to compete in the men’s solo division were Silt’s Dennis Webb (sixth, 20 laps), Glenwood Springs’ Franklin McSwain (eighth, 16 laps), Carbondale’s Scott Nelson (ninth, 16 laps), Glenwood Springs’ Harlan Nimmo (11th, 13 laps) and Glenwood Springs’ Charlie Moore (14th, nine laps).In the women’s solo division, Glenwood Springs’ Joy Schneiter tied for fourth with a total of 17 laps – crossing the finish line at 10:39:09 a.m. Sunday holding hands with fellow competitor Elizabeth Schulte of Salt Lake City, Utah.New Castle’s Eileen Wysocki logged 16 laps to finish fifth in the solo division, followed by Aspen local Jill Goudie (seventh, 15 laps) and Glenwood Springs Helen Benson (ninth, 11 laps).Basalt local Andy Mishmash teamed up with friend David Gensch to win the duo pro division. The pair completed 25 laps for 35 combined miles. Glenwood Springs’ Adam Juul and New Castle’s Casey DeFrates were the only other team in the division, completing nine laps each for a total of 25.2 miles.The 5-person open class was the race’s largest division with 21 teams, and featured a host of locals, including division winners, the Supersonic Lunar Lovers. The team, which included Glenwood Springs’ John Patrick and Heidi Vosbeck, Carbondale’s Mark Feinsinger and Basalt’s Brian After, completed 33 combined laps. The Mountains Win again, made up of Glenwood Springs’ Marcus Salmen, Jake Taufer, Sarah Shepard, Chas Salmen and Reilly Anderson, finished second with 32 laps. The Ute City Cycle and Skis team took third, with 31 laps. The team consisted of Carbondale’s Darren Broome, Nic DeGross, Chris Harrison and Mary Lewis and Glenwood Springs’ Louise Marron.In the men’s senior division, the Glenwood Springs’ outfit Flippin’ Sweet Moves took first with a total of 38 laps. Team members included Dave Weidemann, Tim Gay, Michael Schneiter and Mike McCoy. The Future Ski Bums of America, made up of Colorado Rocky Mountain School students’ Jason Caudill, Mike Eaton, Louis Dawson and Luke Caudill, finished second with 36 laps. Glenwood Springs’ Cody O’Neil was a member of the third-place team, Green Mountain Sports, which completed 33 laps.In the men’s veteran division, Glenwood Springs-based Structural Associates won with 41 laps, easily beating another Glenwood team, the Clydesdale Express (27 laps). Glenwood locals on both teams included Mike Simpson, Greg Albrecht, Brian Edmiston, Ben Peery, Craig Whitlock and Bill Crowley.The Basalt-based Motorin’ Moms was the only team in the women’s veteran division, completing 31 laps to finish 12th in the overall standings. The team included Basalt’s Karin Teague, Amy Connerton and Dina Belmonte and Aspenite Kristi Hoofnagle.The lone team in the men’s masters division was the Glenwood Springs-based Exclusive Athletic Club Sun Kings, which completed 30 laps. Locals included Glenwood’s Steven Barbee, Jonathan Satz and Mike Freeman and New Castle’s Jack Oulund.There were no teams in the women’s masters division and men’s grand masters, and only one in the women’s grand master’s division: Glenwood Springs’ Hot Flash. The outfit of Helen McQueeney, Nancy Reinisch, Pokey Harrison and Mary Kopf completed 19 laps, finishing 54th in the overall standings. For complete results of the race, go to http://www.24hoursofsunlight.com.Hockey: Aspen MP2’s fall to Vail Aspen’s MP2’s lost to rival Vail for the second time this season Saturday night, falling, 4-2, at the Aspen Ice Garden. Rachel Dayton of El Jebel scored Aspen’s first goal in the second period, off an assist by team captain Emily McConnell of Basalt. Julie Cox of El Jebel scored the MP2’s final goal, in the third, off an assist by Dayton. Aspen outshot Vail in the loss. Aspen goalie Amy Goldman stopped 11 of 15 shots from the Twin Peaks, while Vail’s Joetta Stocks blocked 22 shots from Aspen. The loss dropped Aspen to 5-3 overall. The local women play Eagle’s Downvalley Divas at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ice Garden. Admission is free and open to the public. Skiing/snowshoeing: One From the Heart Uphill setThe 12th annual One From the Heart Uphill Race and Walk-Up-Athon – a benefit for Challenge Aspen and the Children’s Hospital Immunodeficiency Program of Denver – takes place at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Buttermilk. The uphill climbs the 1,800 vertical face of Buttermilk Mountain. This year’s race is dedicated to the memory of Chris Bove, a well-loved friend, ski instructor and strong supporter of Challenge Aspen. All of the proceeds of the event go directly to both charities.The race and walk pre-registration is available at the Ute Mountaineer for a fee of $35; race day registration at Buttermilk is $40. Race participants may use snowshoes, telemark skis or skinny skis. Day-of-race registration begins at Buttermilk at 7 a.m., followed by the race at 7:30 a.m.. All entrants will receive a pair of Crocs. Post-race giveaways will also be awarded and a $5 pancake breakfast will take place at The Cliffhouse.
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