[NOTE: Results were slightly updated in the men's 50-59 age class on Feb 19, 2019 at 10:20am]
The Meijer State Games Of Michigan / Forbush 8K/17K Freestyle race was held this past Saturday on an excellently groomed trail, with cool temperatures and little wind. The course wound around most the Forbush Corner trail system. With 20 inches of new snow over the week, racers were a little worried the course might be soft. But extensive grooming by the Forbush staff, including the night before and the morning of the race, firmed up the trail nicely. The steep downhills and sharp corners were very controllable.
Photo by Sista Stash
Emily Blackmer won the women's 17k in 51:12. Rebecca Davis (Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop) was second in 52:43, followed by Mariah Frye-Colie in 54:12.
Kyle Hanson (Team NordicSkiRacer) won the men's division in 43:26). University of Michigan's Lars Hallstrom was second in 44:13, followed by Spencer Eusden in third in 45:39.
In the 8km event, University of Michigan skiers Abby Potts and Elizabeth Collison finished first and second (48:20 and 49:35), followed by Amie Paulson in third (52:32).
Ryan Donnell was the top male in 51:15, followed by Todd Decker (55:39) and Adam Audet (57:09, University of Michigan Ski Team).