Smokey Smokes ‘Em at Tennessee Pass Race
The second race of the Pedal Power Winter Race Series took place Dec. 6 out at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, near Ski Cooper on Highway 24 between Minturn and Leadville.
The Tennessee Pass 5-Miler Kickoff Classic is one of the oldest snowshoe races in the series, marking year 17 at last week’s race. But it never gets to be “old news” to report that Leadville local Mark “Smokey” Burgess took top honors with a finish time of 51:47.
A total of 33 racers shoed-up to the start line. In the men’s race, Jay Henry, of Eagle, took second (55:20) and Matt Johnson, also of Eagle, rounded out the podium in third with a time of 56:12.
The women’s top honors went to Katie Mazzia, Eagle, First Place (1:01:58); Sharon O’Grady, Vail, Second Place (1:03:39), and Gretchen Reeves, Avon, Third Place (.1:07:28). For Complete Results: LINK.
The next event in the Winter Race Series will be the Pazzo’s/K.O. Eagle-Vail Holiday 5K/10K Snowshoe race. That race will take place on Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Eagle-Vail Golf Course.
Registration for the first event is $20. Participants can pre-register directly online at pedalpowerbike.com or with forms from Pedal Power Bicycle Shop in Eagle-Vail or by calling 970 845-0931. Participants may also register ($25) on the day of the event at the race start.
For more information and a complete series schedule, go to pedalpowerbike.com or call or stop by Pedal Power, on Highway 6 in Eagle-Vail, at 845-0931