Couple wins Day of Infamy |

Couple wins Day of Infamy

Post Independent/Kelley Cox Jeanne Blatter and Bernie Boettcher took first place for their respective genders in Sundays Day of Infamy snowshoe race at Sunlight Mountain Resort.

In a repeat of last year’s Day of Infamy Snowshoe race, Bernie Boettcher and Jeanne Blatter finished as the top male and female racers in Sunday’s event at Sunlight Mountain Resort.”It was fun and really beautiful,” Boettcher said. Boettcher was the fastest racer overall, cruising through the course in 44:38, six minutes and 30 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Mike McCoy.

Boettcher said that the best part of the 5-mile course that winds through Babbish Gulch was the downhill.”When you get to the top, you can see down and all you have left to do is downhill,” Boettcher said.Blatter, who has won the women’s over-45 race three years in a row now, agreed with her significant other.”The downhill was great,” Blatter said. “I finished just before my knees started hurting.”

The number of entries has been on the rise since the race began in 1991, with the 2005 event fielding the highest number of participants of all time with 100.”This is the best turnout ever,” said race director Lauren Chapman. “Eighty-eight was the max before.”While the racers trickled across the finish line throughout the morning, most had smiles and commented on how much fun they had and how beautiful the course was.Sunday’s Day of Infamy was the 14th annual but was the first snowshoeing competition Paul Salmen and Nancy Reinisch, who stomped side by side as husband and wife in the event, competed in together.

“It was fantastic,” Salmen said. “It was really fun.”Many racers made the journey with four-legged friends, like Kathy McGowan and her dogs Matlock and Dixie. Matlock, who is 10 years old, has raced with McGowan for years, but Sunday was Dixie’s first race. “It was awesome,” McGowan said of completing the course with her dogs. “I couldn’t do it without them.”Money from the event will be donated to Colorado Animal Rescue, Rifle Dog Pound and Mid-Valley Animal Rescue.

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