Wealing & Cooper Win First Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Race

Logan Wealing and Jeanne Copper claimed first place January 10th in the competitive 10K division in the first Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series event held at Creekside Park at Beaver Creek Resort. On a Colorado bluebird day, Sunday’s event hosted 378 participants, among the highest attendance in the thirteen-year series.

Logan Wealing won the 10km title, clocking in a winning time of 51:29 in front of his brother Seth Wealing at 51:37, while team Beaver Creek’s Bernie Boettcher took third place with a time of 53:44. Laying down a gauntlet for the National Championships to be held in New York on March 6th,Logan also won the 1st USSSA Qualifier of the season, the Pazzo’s Eagle-Vail Holiday 10km

In the Women’s 10km division, Jeanne Cooper edged Beaver Creek’s Anita Ortiz for first place honors with a winning time of 59:07. Cynthia Lauren Arnold stayed on their heels, winning third with a time of 59:40.

The Men’s 5K East West Quest saw Simon Escorcia clock in a winning time of 30:02, as Ben Muehlethaler was honored with a second place finish at 31:00, and Timothy Lavin was awarded third place at 31:34.

For the Women’s 5K East West Quest, Kelly Escorcia claimed top honors with a time of 30:40, followed by Sarah Giovagnoli with a finishing time of 31:15, while Katie Hartmann took third place at 34:44.

Other races included the 100-yard “Blue Moose Dash for Cash” and the Kids’ 1K trot.

Brian Welch and Myriah Blair were “Dash for Cash” champions and received $100 checks courtesy of Blue Moose Pizza at the post-race ceremony.

Blue Moose serves New York Style pizza with the catchy motto: “Life is short; Eat more pizza!” Where else is a restaurant’s general manager, Chelsea Dickens, related (her great uncle) to someone as noteworthy as Charles Dickens? Charles’ great quote “Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism are all very good words for the lips” would have been perfect if he had only known of “pizza.”

In the Kids’ division, Melisa Kreuger was awarded first place, followed by Brody Nielsen in second.

Nearly 400 participants took to the starting line for the first race in the three-event series that continues Sunday, February 7 at Beaver Creek’s Creekside Park and wraps up Sunday, March 7 at Beaver Creek’s McCoy Park with the Jeremy Wright North American Snowshoe Championships.

The Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series is presented by The Beaver Creek Resort Company, Atlas Snow-Shoe Company, Continental Airlines and Muscle Milk and is brought to you in part by The Dusty Boot Steakhouse & Saloon, East West Resorts, Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, Dannon Water, Nature Valley Granola Bars, Blue Moose, Rocky Mountain Reprographics, Avon Bakery and Deli, Vail Daily and KZYR The Zephyr.

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Phillip Gary Smith

Phillip Gary Smith, Senior Editor, published "The 300-Mile Man" about Roberto Marron's historic doubling of the Tuscobia 150 mile endurance snow run. He publishes "iHarmonizing Competition" on various forms of competition, including drag racing, his favorite motorsport. Earlier, he wrote "HARMONIZING: Keys to Living in the Song of Life" as a manual for life with chapters such as Winning by Losing, Can God Pay Your Visa Bill?, and a young classic story, The Year I Met a Christmas Angel. His book, "Ultra Superior," is the first written on the Superior Trail ultra-distance events. He mixes writing with his profession--the venture capital world--a dying art. He is a creator of CUBE Speakers, a group espousing themes in "HARMONIZING: Keys" in a unique way. Currently, he has two books in the works.
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