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Bayer and Blanchard Set 10K Course Records at Tahquamenon Snowshoe

tahquassRacers were greeted with brilliant sunshine, cobalt skies, and abundant snows at the 8th Annual Tahquamenon Snowshoe Race.  Complete results(link) are now available. The temperature at race start was 42 ℉ and may racers were wearing short sleeved shirts and smiles.  The first snowshoer through the 5K  point was Andy Bayer of Bloomington, IN in 22:25, 4 minutes ahead of 2nd place 10K racer Keith Wilson of Klamath Falls, OR.   Shortly after Wilson cruised through  1st lap checkpoint in 26:38 and was followed by the lead 5K racer, Travis Sigman.  Sigman crossed the line looking strong in 26:54 and quickly reflected on his experience on the course: “It is beautiful out there, the creeks were flowing and the sunshine in the woods was amazing.”  Soon, the women’s lead 10K 20170221 tahquassrunner, Chelsea Blanchard, also of Bloomington, IN arrived in 28:40 and grabbed a some HEED before heading out on her second loop.  Bayer ended up with negative splits, covering the second 5K in 22:08 for a course record 44:33.  Just one week ago Bayer, racing for Nike, raced the indoor two mile at the Millrose Games in New York City where he ran an 8:30.  “I’m taking a break between the indoor and outdoor track seasons and thought I would give snowshoe racing a try,” noted Bayer.  Wilson, one of the best snowshoe racers in the region finished 2nd in 54:00.  Blanchard was 3rd overall and the 1st Female, crossing  the line in 58:18.  Both Bayer and Blanchard set new course records.

In the 5K overall champion Travis Sigman of Alanson, MI was followed by top masters snowshoer Robert Courtright of Traverse City (33:39).  Rachael McCoy of Sault Ste. Marie was the overall 5K female champion with a time of 33:53.  Danielle Cory, in her debut snowshoe race was the second overall among women in 38:34.