2020 Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet features more than 170 skiers

The 2020 Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet – a series of cross country ski races presented by the Grayling Recreation Authority and the Grayling Rotary Club on Saturday at Hanson Hills Recreation Area – featured strong overall participation numbers despite the wind and the snow and the cold.
“Numbers are really well considering the weather this morning,” said Justin Andre, Director of Operations for Grayling Recreation Authority.
Weather conditions for this year’s Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet? Windy, snowy, cloudy, cold (23 degrees).
The heavy snowfall on Friday night and Saturday morning forced trail grooming crews into a busy morning on the day of the race.
“We started grooming at 5 a.m. We groomed the race course a good three times to keep up with the snow,” Andre said. “We probably received a good three inches from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Soft and slow conditions.”
Andre said the Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet offered divisions for a wide variety of cross country skiers.
“Anywhere from recreational skiers to the hardcore racers,” Andre said.
The event featured a Michigan Cup Men’s Division (26km freestyle), a Michigan Cup Women’s Division (13km freestyle), a Junior Race (high school boys and girls, 7.5km), and four citizen races (men’s and women’s skate and men’s and women’s classic, 7.5km).
It continued to snow during the race, making the course slower for the competitors. While Michigan Cup skiers were finishing their first laps, some mentioned the difficulty. A few withdrew from the race.
“This is brutal conditions for these guys right now,” Andre said. “It’s so soft.”
Despite the weather conditions, numbers were up this year. According to Grayling Recreation Authority, 172 people competed in the 2020 Cote Dame race series.
Last year’s Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet featured cold temperatures (approximately six degrees at the time of the race start) and overall participation numbers that were lower than normal with close to 130 skiers. Trail conditions were favorable for last year’s Cote Dame.
In 2018, numbers were higher than expected but lower than usual due to a last-minute change in venue to Forbush Corner. The 2018 Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet had close to 100 participants. The event had to be moved due to poor trail conditions at Hanson Hills.
In 2017, approximately 160 skiers competed in the Cote Dame event. There were approximately 190 skiers in 2016, more than 170 in 2015, and more than 200 in 2014. The 2013 Cote Dame had more than 140 skiers competing on a shortened course after rain and warm temperatures ruined some of the trails at Hanson Hills.
 
2020 Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet Results
26km Michigan Cup 
Male Overall Winners
Alex Vanias 1:19:14.1
Male 19 and Under
Gavin Dyer 1:46:26.2
Male 20 to 29
Jorden Wakeley 1:21:35.7
Kyle Hanson 1:29:16.0
Jay Woodbeck 1:29:17.1
Eric Parrott 1:32:25.9
Michael Davis 1:40:47.0
Logan Grueck 1:41:02.6
Weston Willoughby 2:17:14.9
Male 30 to 39
Brandon Halcott 1:32:37.1
Guillaume Girard 2:03:35.7
Sean Brabant 2:10:51.7
Christian Vanderkaay 2:20:52.1
Male 40 to 49
Charles Moore 1:44:34.5
Ricardo Lung 1:49:32.2
Warren Samberg 1:51:07.9
Shannon Mitchell 2:15:10.4
Christopher Anderson 3:03:09.9
Male 50 to 59
Glenn Goodman 1:32:07.8
Todd Vigland 1:34:41.0
David Hietikko 1:40:00.9
David O'Neil 1:40:53.5
James Beebe 1:42:16.6
Stephen Andriese 1:42:40.2
Scott Baker 1:43:08.0
John Maunders 1:46:35.9
Yvon Dufour 1:48:24.0
Joe Leppek 1:49:01.6
Steven Vreellen 1:51:32.3
Mark Salik 1:53:42.3
John Britton 1:55:32.2
Robert Triebold 1:55:35.1
Allen Sorgenfrei 1:56:21.0
Brian Hallstron 1:58:34.2
Nickola Baic 2:01:48.6
Dan Wisneski 2:01:53.2
Jukka Pietka 2:02:02.5
Tim Cook 2:08:32.6
Ian Kennedy 2:09:55.3
Tom Marley 2:11:59.6
Jared Roberts 2:15:04.4
Donovan Anderson 2:16:06.7
Tim Faas 2:24:07.8
Mark Smith 2:25:19.8
Troy Fairbanks 2:30:57.4
Tom Wernette 3:03:09.8
Brad Plymale 3:07:03.2
Male 60 to 69
John Gravlin 1:35:25.5
Ken Dawson 1:39:15.3
Doug Heady 1:39:59.9
Clifford Onthank 1:42:32.4
Jim Anderson 1:42:58.8
Don Camp 1:43:41.0
Steven VanDorn 1:45:51.3
Robin Luce 1:46:16.3
Joseph Brown 1:50:37.0
Dan Dubes 1:55:22.4
Douglas Cornell 1:57:02.8
John Harris 1:57:03.8
Bryce Dreeszen 1:58:53.1
Anthony Percha 2:01:33.5
Michael Muha 2:01:34.8
Michael Bourassa 2:02:52.3
Gregory Kil 2:03:48.7
Jim Onthank 2:04:19.1
Jeffois Moore 2:05:22.2
Joe Malecki 2:07:44.4
Dan Nolan 2:15:26.3
Stuart Picard 2:32:32.6
Male 70 to 79
Jon Kruper 1:47:47.1
Curt Peterson 2:09:10.8
Ernie Brumbaugh 2:21:40.8
Frank Nizio 2:26:03.0
Walter Johnson 2:26:33.8
Hap Wright 3:48:11.0
 
26km Michigan Cup 
Female Overall Winners
Kaitlyn Patterson 1:38:56.6
 
13km Michigan Cup
Female Overall Winners
Erin Lipp 50:12.9
Female 20 to 29
Mary Schlimmer 58:12.0
Ellen Thompson 1:04:41.8
Jolene Ng 1:51:50.2
Female 30 to 39
Emily Blackmer 50:18.9
Elizabeth Osteen 1:05:59.8
Courtney Kent 1:12:16.6
Female 40 to 49
Nicole Owens 1:30:37.0
Female 50 to 59
Gheryl Darnton 55:02.9
Brenda Carlson-Brown 1:01:55.6
Wendy Anderson 1:03:31.0
Lisa Mackty 1:05:29.1
Ceri Faas 1:12:31.6
Kelly Kruper 1:16:29.4
Ellie Johnson 1:19:06.4
Gwenn Stevenson 1:28:33.8
Female 60 to 69
Karen Dawson 1:10:08.9
Paula Dreeszen 1:32:37.8
Linda McGiness 1:51:56.0
Mary Alsager 1:52:24.6
Female 70 to 79
Gussie Peterson 1:02:26.8
 
7.5km Junior Boys Race
Male Overall Winners
Ryan Miller 26:06.5
Male 15 and Under
Luke Venhuizen 29:53.8
Carter Dean 30:51.9
Gabriel Howard 31:43.4
Zeke Martin 31:49.4
Joshua Kerr 32:27.7
Nicholas Thuente 33:46.3
Ryan Donnell 34:53.8
Elijah Klee 35:12.1
Jack Lindwall 37:34.8
Alex Thiel 37:43.9
Brandon Morley 37:56.2
Jett Reimers 39:26.7
Brian Kilbourn 39:51.2
Max Forbrig 40:21.3
Male 16 to 17
William Haapala 27:17.3
Joshua Fairbanks 32:11.3
Dominic Greenough 34:24.2
Kai Reimers 34:38.0
Mikel Bericochea 35:07.8
Greg Koontz 37:07.5
Drew Jaskowski 37:26.0
Ethan Roe 39:23.9
Jacob Heeringa 40:46.8
Koyer Berkmeijer 40:54.5
Leonard Chown 50:36.5
Male 20 and Over
Robert Smith 1:35:40.7
 
7.5km Junior Girls Race
Female Overall Winners
Arielle Jean 29:19.9
Female 15 and Under
Annie Paulson 31:37.9
Ashley Chmielewski 32:48.3
Gwendolyn Urbain 33:11.5
Joslyn Fairbanks 40:07.7
Paige LaMott 41:57.2
Lilah Laninga 47:19.0
Emily Roth 49:41.9
Emma Nicholson 1:01:35.4
Female 16 to 17
Sage Brown 43:27.1
Abigail Paul 48:43.2
Veda Joynt 52:45.5
Female 18 to 19
Clara Bennet 38:10.2
Samantha Maldonado 42:04.1
 
7.5km Citizens Race Men Skate
Male Overall Winners
Nils Lindwall 34:36.7
Male 40 to 49
Raymond Dean 35:27.8
Male 60 to 69
Carson Heiner 41:12.7
David Darnton 42:23.9
Peter Block 56:07.0
 
7.5km Citizens Race Women Skate
Female Overall Winners
Stephanie Edgar 57:51.9
 
7.5km Citizens Race Women Classic
Female Overall Winners
Julia Kelson 48:45.3
Female 50 to 59
Kimberly Kihnke 1:01:36.8
Kate Wagner 1:04:58.4
Female 60 to 69
Carol Poenisch 52:26.3
 
7.5km Citizens Race Men Classic
Male Overall Winners
Cris Jones 47:33.4
Male 50 to 59
Richard Crowder 1:04:59.2
Male 60 to 69
Larry Dyer 56:17.7
Male 70 to 79
Lloyd Anderson 48:56.4

 

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