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Rat tale: Race a laid-back affair

A small group of dedicated skiers stuck around after the massive Alpine Bank Classic Saturday to take part in the 34th annual Rat Race.The event, a fund-raiser for the Colorado Rocky Mountain School Nordic ski team, had a different tone than the junior race that drew around 400 competitors earlier on Saturday. Costumes were as important – possibly more important – than final results and a Mad Hatter, a rat and a Where’s Waldo look-alike were among those who enjoyed the warm sun and great snow at the Spring Gulch Nordic Ski Area.One skier, with a sundress over her ski outfit, seemed particularly at home on the bright, warm afternoon. Another skier, Jim Breasted, true to the spirit of the decidedly laid-back race, glided gracefully across the finish line – backward.But times were kept and winners were crowned at the event.Danny DiMaria was the first to cross the finish line, with a time of 21 minutes, 42 seconds on the 5-kilometer course. Assistant CRMS Nordic coach Eileen Carey was second in 22:00, and Kari Distefano took third in 24:56.Weaver Froelicher won the junior ratties division with a time of 31:23, followed by Eric Froelicher in 32:24.

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