BRETTON WOODS — Nearly two feet of fresh snow fell over the last week at Bretton Woods, providing near-perfect conditions for the 47th annual Geschmossel Nordic Ski Race on Monday, Jan. 20.
The field of 134 competitors ranged in age from 14 to 85, who skied under sunny skies with the fastest racer completing the 15K cross-country classic course in 33:18. The top three finishers were: Sam Evans-Brown, 33, of Concord in 33:18, followed by Chris Burnham, 27, of Stowe, Vt., in 34:02 and Adam Terko, 30, of Jericho, Vt., in 34:24
For the women Kathy Maddock, 54, of Wilton took top honors in 39:26, followed by Alex Jospe, 35, of South Londonderry, Vt., in 41:13, and Erin Waters, 22, of Concord was third in 41:26.
Part of the ZAK Cup Series, the Geschmossel race was originally staged during the winter of 1972-73 and is now one of New England’s oldest citizens’ races. The race originated as a 6K fun race, and was groomed with a homemade track sled that was pulled by a rope from a grooming machine. Today this 15K classic Nordic race takes place on the Ammonoosuc trail network at the Bretton Woods Nordic Center and has attracted both aspiring racers and high-level Nordic skiers from around the country over the years, including members of the United States Ski Team.
Local finishers in the race included Tristan Williams, 33, of Chocorua, seventh in 35:43; Eli Misavage, 18, of Center Sandwich, 13th, 37:01; Nat Lucy, 62, of Intervale, 22nd, 39:55; John Colley, 50, of Center Sandwich, 26th, 40:40; Eben Misavage, 15, of Center Sandwich, 35th, 41:42; Keith Badger, 18, of North Conway, 38th, 42:13; Grace Castonguay, 18, of Jackson, 39th, 42:25; Owen Carney, 16, of Center Sandwich, 58th, 45:40; Ken Kimball, 72, of Jackson, 74th, 49:19; Cora Treiss, 15, of Berlin, 100th, 56:01; Abam Weil-Cooley, 14, of Sandwich, 118th, 1:00.23; Maya Weil-Cooley, 18, of Sandwich, 127th, 1:09.56; and Theo Castonguay, 15, of Jackson, did not finish due to a binding issue on the second lap.
Monday’s events also included the Bill Koch League Fun Event for grades K through 8, with an excited group of pint-sized racers hitting the course. The BKL League is an introduction to Nordic skiing through shared adventure on skis, games to develop agility and foster social interaction and tours to develop skills, endurance and enjoyment of the natural surroundings.
Other upcoming Nordic events include the Mount Washington Cup on March 7, followed by the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon on March 8. Learn more at brettonwoods.com.