Winter Fun Days ends with ski race, cardboard sled box event

The new, expanded Winter Fun Days festival ended its final weekend of February activities with a cross country ski race at Hanson Hills on Sunday, an event that featured close to 80 participants and sunny weather.
Grayling Recreation Authority (GRA), the governing body for Hanson Hills, added more events to its annual Winter Fun Days event this year, and spread them out over three weekends. Justin Andre, Director of Operations for GRA, said participation numbers were down a little bit for the annual Winter Fun Days events, but having the activities spread out worked well for organizers.
“As far as implementing them, directing them, it was nice for us,” Andre said. “We’re planning on doing this next year, spreading them out.”
Sunday’s cross country ski event – the Hanson Hills Classic – was a 14K race. The classic format involves skiing in a line on a track as opposed to skate style, which is a more side to side motion.
Hanson Hills workers set the track on Thursday, and warm weather after that threatened trail conditions, but the track held up.
“With the weather conditions the last week we were fortunate we were able to pull this race off,” Andre said.
“It got cool last night so the track glazed up, making it fast,” Andre said. “It should be fairly fast today.”
Andre said 79 people competed in the 2017 Hanson Hills Classic on Sunday, numbers that were “down just a little bit” but still “pretty good.”
“Seventy to 80 people for a classic race, we’re on par, not disappointed at all,” Andre said.
The racers started in intervals, one at a time.
Sam Holmes posted the best finish time of the event at 0:43:37.9, according to GRA. Rebecca Davis won the women’s division with a time of 0:59:06.6.
This year’s Winter Fun Days festival also featured a chili cook-off, a big air competition, the Grayling Youth Booster Club’s Blizzardfest, a fat bike race, and a cardboard sled box race with a Star Wars theme.
The cardboard sled box race – conducted by the Grayling High School ski program on Saturday – featured three sleds. 
 
2017 Hanson Hills Classic Cross Country Ski Race Results
Overall Male
Holmes Sam 20-29 M 43:37.9
20-29 Male
Harris Ryan 20-29 M 46:31.5
Davis Mike 20-29 M 48:10.7
Beebe Aaron 20-29 M 54:49.8
30-39 Male
Gillis Anders 30-39 M 50:47.7
Borton Dave 30-39 M 51:02.4
Mahaffy Bill 30-39 M 1:16:19
Steuer Adam 30-39 M 1:18:08
40-49 Male
Smith Robert 40-49 M 56:32.7
Anderson Donovan 40-49 M 56:50.8
Kraimer Ted 40-49 M 57:42.5
VonWallmenich Theo 40-49 M 1:03:00
Olson Brian 40-49 M 1:09:25
Anderson Christopher 40-49 M 1:10:16
Brickert Dan 40-49 M 1:16:00
Arguetn Victor 40-49 M 1:53:26
50-59 Male
Paull Denny 50-59 M 47:56.9
Smig Steve 50-59 M 48:27.9
Smith Randy 50-59 M 53:55.8
Sorgenfrie Allen 50-59 M 54:07.3
Goodman Glen 50-59 M 54:13.1
Beebe James 50-59 M 54:22.4
Dufour Yvon 50-59 M 56:28.2
Kanaby Larry 50-59 M 58:29.3
Seager Steve 50-59 M 58:33.1
Triebold Robert 50-59 M 59:08.2
Zordell Blair 50-59 M 59:15.0
Pitila Jukka 50-59 M 1:00:14
Steffke Steve 50-59 M 1:04:12
Temkin Mike 50-59 M 1:04:15
Cornell Doug 50-59 M 1:05:09
Neier Rick 50-59 M 1:08:08
Tredwell Jeremy 50-59 M 1:10:02
Sadley Zbigniew 50-59 M 1:11:43
Wernette Tom 50-59 M 1:12:36
Ernst Dale 50-59 M 1:12:46
60-69 Male
Gravlin John 60-69 M 49:47.0
Bladel Randall 60-69 M 51:24.3
Brundage Bill 60-69 M 58:10.6
Anderson Jim 60-69 M 58:14.2
Camp Don 60-69 M 58:31.3
Weingartz Chris 60-69 M 59:48.0
Luce Robin 60-69 M 59:50.6
Kaltz William 60-69 M 1:00:33
Cool Robin 60-69 M 1:02:13
Bourassa Michael 60-69 M 1:02:39
Brown Joe 60-69 M 1:03:21
Thielfoldt Devan 60-69 M 1:09:07
Jones Cris 60-69 M 1:09:56
Zlobicki Zbigy 60-69 M 1:14:49
Nizio Frank 60-69 M 1:16:54
Anderson Lloyd 60-69 M 1:17:53
Kruger John 60-69 M 1:19:24
Hunter Jon 60-69 M 1:20:52
Ruffner Spencer 60-69 M 1:39:32
70-79 Male
Smig Steve 70-79 M 1:05:20
Brumbaugh Ernie 70-79 M 1:12:09
Haefner Bill 70-79 M 1:15:06
Whitlock Dave 70-79 M 1:21:34
Merwin Greg 70-79 M 1:25:54
80+ Male
Stevenson Marvin 80+ M 3:15:28
Overall Woman
Davis Rebecca F 20-29 59:06.6
19-Under Women
Olson Arianne F 19-u 1:09:42
Olson Abby F 19-u 1:13:47
40-49 Women
Brown Jennifer F 40-49 1:11:04
Olson Julie F 40-49 1:42:53
50-59 Women
Wagar Ann F 50-59 1:04:58
Carlson-Brown Brenda F 50-59 1:07:35
Anderson Wendy F 50-59 1:11:57
Stevenson Gwenn F 50-59 1:29:10
Mitchell Melinda F 50-59 1:35:51
Curtis Renee F 50-59 1:58:44
60-69 Women
Hardin Tracy F 60-69 59:09.1
Peterson Gussie F 60-69 1:18:08
Weeks Linda F 60-69 1:21:10
Muller-Brumbaugh Carol F 60-69 1:38:40
Alsager Mary F 60-69 1:39:24
Hewlett Julie F 60-69 2:01:27
70-79 Women
Merwin Carole F 70-79 2:02:45
Results courtesy of Grayling Recreation Authority

 

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