SEATTLE, Wash. March 18, 2011— Hot off successful races to close out the Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Race Series, theAtlas Racing Team stormed the hills of Cable, Wisconsin’s famed snow courses at the U.S. National Snowshoe Championship, March 11 – 13, 2011. The team ran inspired races against a strong field, bringing podium and top five spots in the men’s senior and women’s junior and senior competitions.
The National Championships are sanctioned by the United States Snow Shoe Association (USSSA), which selects top racers from 5 regions of the United States to participate in the competition each year. The fast course travels through the rolling hills of Lakewood’s Forest Ridges Golf Course, with competitors battling challenging climbs through steep forest.
Atlas Racing Team was honored to have several members of the team invited to race for National Titles this year.In the Junior Women division, Atlas’ Sam Lewis continued her championship record by leading the entire race for a speedy finish of 29:08 in the five kilometer distance.
The senior 10k competitions featured a looping course, and splits clicked as each passed the finish line twice providing the intensely-interested crowd a mid-race report on leads and order. The men’s race was extremely close with Eric Hartmark and Atlas’ Scott Gall literally a few strides away from each other. The defending silver medalist from 2010, Gall again took silver with a time of 41:49. Also in the top five spots were Atlas Racing Team’s Michael Reneau taking a bronze medal at 42:18 and Greg Hexum in fifth at 43:04.
Saving the best for last, the USSSA schedule annually alternates the starts of senior men and the senior women classes, and this year it was the women’s opportunity to be the highlighted last championship race of the day. Mark Elmore, USSSA Sports Director, called this group “one of the most competitive ever” as all five of the 2010 national team members were in Wisconsin to defend their title.
Brandy Erholtz, Atlas Racing Team athlete, made it look easy as she sped past the line on the first loop with a 56-second gap over 2010 champion Amber Ferreira. Her winning margin extended to 72 seconds in the finishing section as she galloped to gold at the finish, winning her second senior women’s national title. Erholtz was joined by two other Atlas athletes taking three of the top five positions, Erin Ward at third and Cheryl Paulson, in forth. The women’s victories wrapped up a fantastic season for the Atlas Racing Team, with tremendous individual and team efforts at Nationals and races all around the country in 2011.
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