The first race of the Empowered Energy Systems Race Series is in the books. That means Winter has started! Skiers were enthusiastic to be starting a new season of competition and fun. Grand Mesa once again has been blessed with early snow so our standard 5K course was in good shape for use with all of its hills and corners and challenges. Summit County high schooler James Sowers handled it easily and quickly. He put a gap on the field to win in both the Classic and Freestyle races. Ella DeWolf likewise smoked the women’s field (and most of the men) in both races.
It was great to see lots of up and coming young racers taking advantage of the excellent GMNC trails and, of course, it was also great to see lots of our seasoned old timers still cranking out the K’s with smiles. Empowered Energy Systems plays a huge part in making it all happen and local businesses providing door prizes add encouragement. Thanks Enstrom’s Toffee, Ela Family Farms, Octopus Coffee and REI! As always, we could not do this without our great crew of volunteers. Thanks Diane, Abby, Danielle, Shannon and Brad!