The Saturday season-starter was a sunny crowd pleaser at GPRA. A big snowfall just two days earlier brought full on winter to the GPRA trails.  Over 100 skiers started and finished the early-season Race to the Outhouse#1. They skied on the 5km FIS-homologated course at GPRA (which includes some of the fun climbs of the Denali Loop) with 10k skiers doing two loops.

RESULTS on Zone4 website

The results are better understood with the following information:

The race was set up through Zone 4 to be a 5K but many of the serious racers wanted to do 10 K and our goal has always been to meet the needs of the skiers so we gave them that option.
The 5K and 10 racers are combined.  Below  is an attempt to sort them out by distance raced.
In the elite men’s skate category, JC Schoonmaker wearing Espen Persen’s bib number, Skyler Amy, and Cole Flowers did the 10 K. All others did 5 K.
In the elite women skate category, all did 5 K.  Elliot Sensenbaugh may be either a name misprint, or should be listed in with the men.
In the elite men’s Classic category,  Gus Schumacher and almost all the other men did 10K, including Espen Persen wearing JC Schoonmaker’s bib number.  Layne Buchanan is listed as number 1 , but he did 5 K (and won that race). We believe he is the only elite male to do the the 5K classic,
In the elite women category, Rosie Brennen was the first 10K finisher.  Meredith Schwartz and the next 3 finishers did the 5K.  We believe they were the only elite women to do the 5K classic

In the fast skate category Gavin Kentch, Brent Taylor, and Anna Engle may have done the 10 K.
In the fast  men’s classic category  Murphy Kimball’s time is not correct (not sure why).  Blake Hanley may have done the 10K.

The recreational skate and classic results appear to be accurate.

Click here for course map and profile

Thanks to all the Mat-Su Ski Club volunteers and groomers, and thanks to all the skiers for coming out!

Mat-Su Ski Club’s Nordic event calendar continues into the winter with: Palmer Moose Nordic Booster’s Turkey Trax happening the day after Thanksgiving; the 60k Mat-Su Ski Club Icicle Double on December 30 and 31; and the Mat-Su Ski Club Northern Lights Community Race Series beginning in January. The Mat-Su Ski Club will also be providing support for and hosting a bevy of other Nordic races, such as high school competitions. GPRA is also the backup location for a number of high-level races currently scheduled elsewhere this winter.