Wertheim, Ortiz zip to `Day of Infamy’ wins
Charlie Wertheim and Anita Ortiz defy the perception of snowshoeing.
The winners of the Men’s and Women’s divisions at the 11th annual “Day of Infamy” snowshoe race don’t trudge through the snow – they glide over it.
Both defeated their nearest competition by minutes versus seconds, and set new course records on the eight-kilometer course at Sunlight Mountain Resort.
It was the second win in as many years for Wertheim, who completed the course in 39 minutes, 14.98 seconds. The Glenwood Springs resident’s time bettered second-place finisher Thaddius Reichley’s 41:51.50 mark by more than two minutes. Joel Gorton was third in 44:07.49.
Wertheim shattered his winning time of last year by 39 seconds.
The two-time champion said he was impressed with the depth and caliber of the field.
“This year’s race was a little more competitive than last year,” he said.
Wertheim noted the field was larger as well.
More than 100 participants lined up for the start of the race – a 10 percent increase from the 2002 race. Event coordinator Dorothy Howard said there were 113 registered.
Ortiz’s participation added to the luster of the event.
The Eagle resident, according to Howard, is the reigning national women’s snowshoe champion.
In the women’s race, Ortiz obliviated the competition.
She bested last year’s winner, Heidi Vosbeck of New Castle, by more than three minutes. Ortiz completed the course in 47:02.58 against Vosbeck’s 50:42.98. Heather Soppenfield finished third in 53:59.
In the 46-and-above divisions, Larry Rose and Judith Henderson were the men’s and women’s winners.
Rose clocked in at 53:35.49, five seconds ahead of Jeff Kremer’s 53:40.32 mark, with Nick Ireland finishing third.
Henderson completed the course in 1 hour, 7:01, for first-place. Robin Tolan finished in 1:08.35 for second. Nancy Reinisch was third.
The race was co-sponsored by Sunlight Canyon Mountaineering, Tubbs Snowshoes of Stowe, Vt., and Sunlight Mountain Resort along with other local businesses. The event raises funds for local animal shelters.
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