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By James Dickhoff
Special to The SUN
The Pagosa Nordic Club hosts the third annual Pagosa Nordic Spring Quad Challenge on March 2.
Participants can race as a solo racer or in teams of up to four. The first race leg is a 10 km freestyle X-C ski (classic ski or skate ski) at the West Fork Nordic ski trail, then a 5 km road run from the West Fork trailhead to the chain station at the base of Wolf Creek Pass, where racers will begin a 22 km road bike back to town and finish with a 1/2 km swim at The Springs Resort Pool.
This has been one of Pagosa Nordic’s most popular races during the winter. The race starts early on Sunday, March 2, with a 7:30 a.m. pre-race meeting in town before racers head out to the West Fork Nordic ski trail for the race start at 9 a.m. The race course map, registration and more information is at pagosanordic.com.
Last weekend, the Pagosa Nordic Club hosted two days of races at the Pagosa Nordic Fest. Races on Saturday included fun X-C Ski races for kids and adults, including a BB gun biathlon, sprint races and relay races. It was great timing with this year’s Olympics and 18 skiers came out, including some kids. All ages and ability levels enjoyed the BB gun biathlon with racers from aged 5 to 60 participating, including some racers warming up for the Plumtaw Ultra races on Sunday.
Sunday’s race was the first-ever Plumtaw Ultra X-C Ski Races, which included a 30 km (18 mile) and 60 km (36 mile) course that followed Plumtaw Road along the southwest base of Pagosa Peak. Seventeen of Sunday’s 27 registered racers came from out of town, with ten from Pagosa. All racers enjoyed the course and everyone expressed interest in racing in next year’s Plumtaw Ultra X-C Ski Race.
This year’s Plumtaw Ultra winners include: the women’s 30 km — first place went to Joan Swift from Crested Butte with a time of 1:50:00, second place at 1:50:51 went to Sonda Donovan from Crested Butte, and third place at 1:53:11 to Molly Hummel from Durango. The men’s 30 km — first place went to Seth Mason of Carbondale with a time of 1:28:50, second place at 1:29:50 went to Clay Mosley from Los Alamos, and third place at 1:36:13 went to Steve Ilg of Durango. The overall 60 km winners include Dan Batwinas of Pagosa with first place at 2:54:56, second place to John Mohs of Pagosa at 3:11:27, and third place to Bobby Pogoloff from Crested Butte at 3:28:30.
Just a reminder: X-C ski trail grooming reports, X-C ski trail maps and X-C skiing event information are available at pagosanordic.com.