Skiiers turn out for annual Bread Loaf race

RIPTON — More than 60 die-hard skiers soaked up the sunshine and survived the challenging spring waxing conditions at the annual Bread Loaf Cross Country Citizens’ Race and Lollipop Race on Sunday, March 7, at the Rikert Ski Touring Center in Ripton.
Organizers said the races were the culmination of an incredible spring skiing weekend, and a great time was had by all.
Overall winners in the 5K Freestyle Technique were Anton Koychev in 15:16 in the men’s division and Mia Allen in 16:24 in the women’s division. The overall winners in the Classical division were Mark Onufry in 23:46 for the men and Anne Majusiak in 33:24 for the women. All four were awarded the famous bread loaves and other prizes.
Patrick Standen took the honors in the new Sit Ski division and received his bread loaf and prizes.
Once again, the Punderson family was represented by six members of three generations of skiers. There were several youngsters from the youngest division who very ably completed the whole 5K race against the rest of the adult field of racers. Phoebe Hussey and Eben Punderson, who skied the 5 kilometer race, both earned kudos.
Among the great costumes some participants sported were an over-heated cow, an unknown tropical babe, bright pink pajamas and a bejeweled and top-hatted couple who blinded onlookers with their glamour.
Racers and fans enjoyed a quick barbeque in the spring sun after the races. Organizers expressed their appreciation to local businesses for their support of the Bread Loaf Citizens’ Race, including Otter Creek Bakery for the top prizes of frosted bread loaves and to Rosie’s Restaurant and American Flatbread for gift certificates for the winners.
The following are the results by age division and technique.
Sarah Reiderer, Sophie Pope-McCright, Bee Eckels, Trey Bosworth, Eddie Fallis, Henry Weston and Clyde Malhotra. All of the winners were awarded balloons and lollipops.
7-10s – Girls: Natalie Ingersoll, 26:49, followed by Malia Hodges, Camille Malhotra and Phoebe Hussey. Boys: Sam Hodges, 20:03, followed by Thomas Hussey, Nick Wilkerson, Silas Jackson and Eben Jackson.
11-14s – Girls: Sophie Hodges, 21:41, followed by Allison Hatch and Olivia Cacciatore. Boys: Chris Keyes, 22:15.
15-19s – Girls: Alia Johnson, 20:41, followed by Maddie Kincaid. Boys: Austin Kincaid, 16:24.
20-29s – Women: Mary Stewart, 16:30, followed by Laura Tuttle, Kalie Mix and Kelly Slentz. Men: Anton Koychev, 15:16.
40-49s – Women: Mia Allen, 16:24, followed by Chris Hodges, Ingrid Jackson, Beth Fastiggi and Carrie Herzog. Men: Dan Greenleaf, 15:53, followed by Bruce Ingersoll, Jim Moulton, Todd Kincaid, Bill Eckels, Barney Hodges, Keith Wilkerson and Mike Hussey.
50-59s – Women: Joann Hanowski, 16:26, followed by Sarah Wesson. Men: Jim Fredericks, 15:29.
60-69s – Women: Betsy Stine, 28:15. Men: Woody Jackson, 22:36, followed by George Bellerose.
7-10s – Ethan Reiderer, 1:00:06.
20-29s – Women: Meghan Slentz, 46:51. Men: Sam Carlson, 25:14, followed by Peter Slentz.
30-39s – Men: Steven Atocha, 27:02 in Cow persona, followed by Mike Reiderer.
40-49s – Men: John McCright, 38:37, followed by Will Hatch.
50-59s – Women: Anne Majusiak, 33:24, and Laurene Rogers. Men: Mark Onufry, 23:46, followed by Jim Limperis and Sumner Erbe.
60-69s – Women: Linda Punderson, 34:54. Men: Dick Thodal, 23:55, followed by Rick Klein and Bob Clark.
70-79s – Men: Frank Punderson, 36:55, followed by Buck Rogers.

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