Birch Hill Race

By Jim Herriges, Race Director

On an inch of cold, slow, fresh snow Saturday morning at Birch Hill Recreation area, an experienced skijorer from Anchorage and a Fairbanks newcomer took top spots in both of the Alaska Skijoring and Pulk Association mass-start skijor races. In the biggest class, the one-dog 7.5K mass start race, with 11 teams starting, Anchorage skijorer Rebecca Knight and her dog Clyde came out on top, with a time of 17:37. There was a very tight group of skiers and dogs until teams reached the Biathlon Range Hill, where the stronger teams began to pull away. Knight finished 24 seconds ahead of second place finisher Greg Jurek with Che. Emily Entrikin finished third in 19:09 with Rika.

In the two-dog 9K race, three teams stayed close together through most of the race. In her first ASPA skijor race, Jamie Johnson with Wrangle and Kiska gained a slight lead near the finish. Erin Trochim and her dogs Itty and Tarsis closed the gap on the final hill but couldn’t quite pull ahead in a sprint to an almost photo finish. Melissa Smith, with Ayanna and Kilarny, finished third, just seconds back.

In the shorter interval start classes, Sara Elzey, with the only three-dog team (Dylan, Daria, Kate), had the fastest 6K time (14:01). Mike Ruckhaus who switched classes on-the-fly, covered 6K with one dog (Sasha) in 19:00. At the 4K distance, Lisa Allen finished fastest with two dogs (Indy and Piper) in 10:03, and Don Atwood travelled the 4K course fastest with one dog (Harley) in 15:09. Kimberlee Beckmen and Iris were second in that class in 16:08.

The Yellow team of Lisa Allen, Bruce Miller, and Nina Ruckhaus won the team relay in 14:35 and the Rainbow team of Sara Elzey, Jesse Warwick, and Jim Herriges were second in 15:31. Jesse Warwick and Zip had the fastest split time of the day, followed by Bruce Miller and Roy.

Alaska Skijoring and Pulk Association
12th Annual Birch Hill Race
Monday, March 03, 2003
Birch Hill Recreation Area
Bib # Skijorer Dogs Time Place
9K 2-Dog Mass Start
23 Jamie Johnson Wrangle, Kiska 21:13 1
22 Erin Trochim Itty, Tarsis 21:15 2
21 Melissa Smith Ayanna, Klarney 21:20 3
20 Sara Tabbert Pete, Rothko 23:40 4
7.5K 1-Dog Mass Start
19 Rebecca Knight Clyde 17:37 1
13 Greg Jurek Che’ 18:01 2
17 Emilie Entrikin Rika 19:09 3
12 Bruce Miller Roy 19:24 4
18 Jim Herriges Lena 19:38 5
9 Jesse Warwick Zip 20:55 6
14 Eric Schoen Lefty 23:46 7
16 Mara Bacsujlaky Tansy 29:34 8
15 Jenny Fish Angus 32:53 9
11 Lisa Stuby Killae 43:28 10
6 K 3-dog Interval Start
1 Sara Elzey Dylan, Daria, Kate 14:01 1
6 K 1-dog Interval Start
10 Mike Ruckhaus Sasha 19:00 1
2 Gail Davidson Cocoa 28:23 2
4 K 2-dog
3 Lisa Allen Indy, Piper 10:03 1
4 Kristin DeGroot Finnley, Galena 12:39 2
4 K 1-dog
5 Don Atwood Harley 15:09 1
7 Kimberlee Beckmen Lily 16:08 2
8 Kim Harle Itchy 19:00 3
6 Ryan Ruesch Parker 19:18 4
3 X 2K  Relay Race
Yellow Lisa Allen Indy 4:54 1
Bruce Miller Roy 4:30
Nina Ruckhaus Sasha 5:11
total time 14:35
Rainbow Sara Elzey Faero 5:16 2
Jesse Warwick Joba 4:23
Jim Herriges Ole 5:52
total time 15:31
Purple Erin Trochim Itty 5:11 3
Sara Tabbert Rothko 7:04
Liz Kane Black Bart 4:57
total time 17:12
Green Jenny Fish Angus 8:50 4
Gail Davidson Cocoa 7:42
Don Atwood Harley 7:25
total time 23:57
Blue Greg Jurek Rib DNF DNF
Emilie Entrikin Licorice 6:13
Rebecca knight Cedar 6:12

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