Grand Mesa Classic 10K

Forecast: snow and blowing snow with wind chill to -15! Yikes, but it didn’t happen. Yay!!! Instead, we got a cold but calm race day with a few snowflakes and moments of sun, too. The mantra is “just show up and often enough good things happen”. Some of the good things that happened were a fun well-groomed course, hot soup to warm up and some excellent prizes and samples from Loki Outerwear, Enstrom’s Toffee, Four Points Energy Bars and Element Frosted Rice Cakes. Thanks sponsors!

Chris Miller, fairly new to the area, came up and showed us how it’s done winning the race handily. If it’s a classic race in particular, you know Greg Randall won’t be far behind. Martin Wiesiolek had to burn a little of his ever-present energy to roll in Third.

On the women’s side, another new face, Cordelia Zars came over the divide to take the women’s title and Fifth overall. Jordan Miner, gearing up for another Junior Circuit season skied strong for Second and, always in the mix, Helen Carlsen was Third.

It’s always great to get a new race season started and see lots of familiar faces plus lots of new faces. And to have excellent snow depth to play on! Bring on the New Year and more new adventures! Photos by Lee Gelatt Photography.

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Race Date: 12/28/2019

Starting Time: 11:00

Starting Temperature: 10

Place Time Name Age Gender Hometown
1 0:46:06 Chris Miller 34 M Grand Junction CO
2 0:48:21 Greg Randall 58 M Collbran CO
3 0:49:42 Martin Wiesiolek 53 M Grand Junction CO
4 0:52:09 Riley Gelatt 30 M Grand Junction CO
5 0:52:33 Cordelia Zars 26 F Denver CO
6 0:53:01 Marty Wacker 48 M Grand Junction CO
7 0:53:13 Justin Silcox 49 M Carbondale CO
8 0:53:14 Jordan Miner 17 F Mesa CO
9 0:54:11 Toby Morse 62 M Grand Junction CO
10 0:54:23 Helen Carlsen 59 F Basalt CO
11 0:58:54 Lew Perna 46 M Gypsum CO
12 0:59:19 Amanda Demler 44 F Boulder CO
13 1:01:38 Doug Johnston 63 M Grand Junction CO
14 1:02:53 Tim Carter 84 M Grand Junction CO
15 1:02:58 Sam Thornhill 61 M Fruita CO
16 1:03:21 Mark Spoon 58 M Palisade CO
17 1:03:27 Valerie Eipper 59 F Longmont CO
18 1:04:22 Steve Ela 56 M Hotchkiss CO
19 1:04:30 Tina Wilson 63 F Grand Junction CO
20 1:06:34 Susy Ellison 64 F Carbondale CO
21 1:07:23 Chuck Bodie 66 M Grand Junction CO
22 1:09:19 Richard Hypio 64 M Hotchkiss CO
23 1:10:04 Kevin O'Brien 61 M Paonia CO
24 1:12:39 Joe Ramey 63 M Grand Junction CO
25 1:13:10 Ewell Culbertson 62 M Delta CO
26 1:13:31 Dave Knutson 71 M Paonia CO
27 1:16:20 Penny Jansen 59 F Fruita CO
28 1:24:37 Theresa Miner 54 F Mesa CO
29 1:33:18 Rick Brode 64 M Cedaredge CO
30 1:35:09 Albert Kreuger 67 M Meeker CO
31 1:35:10 Melissa Sullivan 71 F Montrose CO