A spectacular community came out for the 2017 App Gap Challenge to watch fifty-six competitors kick, glide and skate up the east side of Appalachian Gap. Cool weather and a fantastic volunteer crew made an enjoyable experience for all — not to mention the awesome food prepared by the staff of Mad River Glen!
The performance of the day went to Kamran Husain (SMS/Dartmouth) who broke David Sinclair’s historical record from 2010 by six seconds with a time of 30:28 and won the Open Men. Lia Van Dyke took the victory for the Open Women with a time of 30:01.
Elliot Ketchel (GMVS/Bowdoin) and Alexandra Lawson (Craftsbury/Middlebury College) took top junior honors with the 4th (31:18) and 2nd (26:58) fastest historical times respectively. Olympian, Dorcas Wonsavage, was the top woman Master with a time of 29:08. Eli Enman from Sleepy Hollow Nordic Center showed is Mastery of the mens field with a time of 32:59. Perhaps the most inspired showing of the day was that of King Milne, who at 74 years young, propelled himself up the mountain with smiles and grace.
A big thanks to all our sponsors and supporters who made this great event possible: EventSet, LL Bean, Swix, Toko, Nokian Tires, Swenor, Start, Bliz, Salomon, Rossignol, Fischer, Trapp Family Lodge, SKIDA and Nifhlheim Nordic.
We look forward to seeing an even bigger event next year!
RESULTS with top four historical times: App Gap 2017 Results
Some great shots from Dave Priganc.