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It was a hard race over a relatively flat course, with no place to rest and no place to hide. Conditions ranged from a foot of hard packed snow to icy-snow barely covering the grass. But the competition was spectacular.

10K champions

Déjà Vu. Cheryl Darton (Cross Country Ski Headquarters) skied away from the competition to win the 10k Frosty Freestyle in 28:50, 1:53 ahead of Straits Strider Tracy Hardin (30:43). This is the third time Darton has won the Frosty and the third time Hardin has come in second. The two racers appear to own the top two positions on the Frosty podium.

Newcomer to Michigan, Hailey Harrison, crossed the finish line third in 32:18 in her first race in years.

The men's race started out tightly packed, but Team NordicSkiRacer/Priority Health's Daniel Yankus gradually gained each lap to finish first in 23:43. VASA Ski Club's Cliff Onthank took second in 24:29, followed by Alex Vanias (Cross Country Ski Headquarters) in 24:43.

Jo Keeling of Team NordicSkiRacer was the sole women's classic skier, finishing in 1:03:42 on a course with no tracks set. Adam Danes, James, Goebeski, and Brad Plymale finished 1-2-3 in the 10K classic in 41:21, 42:47 and 47:19.

5K top finishers

In the 5K race, Team NordicSkiRacer Lindsey MacDonald dominated the race from start to finish, crossing the line in first in 14:30. Emily Steffke and Kirsten Hallstrom tied for second in 17:26, 2:56 behind MacDonald. Fourth was Allison Bondie.

A pair of brothers racing for Team NordicSkiRacer claimed the top two spots in the Men's 5K. Nikolaas Vermeulen and Vincent Vermeulen finished 1-2 in 16:12 and 17:17. Richard Proctor of Ann Arbor took third in 18:13.

There were more classic skiers than skaters in both the women's and men's 5K. Top female classic finishers were Linda Gobeski, Jennifer Finkbeiner and Radhika Pasricha in 34:49, 35:05 and 37:29. For the men, it was Brendan Sullivan, Garnett Sessions and David Sasaki in 24:38, 25:56, 26:38.

Frosty Kids' Race - a first

Since the Frosty Freestyle was first conceived, we wanted to have a kids race. We finally felt ready for it this year. With the help of SELCRA, we put 43 kids through a 3 week learn-to-ski program that ended with a Kid's race at the Frosty. Each child received a custom medal for crossing the finish line.

Race conditions

Heroic measures were taken to ensure the race happened, include the use to two snowmaking guns, a manure spreader and lots of nail biting.

A backup race course was used when the weather failed to deliver enough snow to ski on the normal 5 and 15k loops. The backup course snaked back and forth up and down a slight elevation on the Huron Meadows Metropark golf driving range before darting into the woods for a tree-lined section. Out of the trees and back into the open, the trail reconnected to form a loop that post-race was about 1.3 kilometers long.

2012 Frosty Freestyle cross country ski race course map

The air was still in hovering around 20F for the race, the sky overcast and snow showers falling. Conditions on the trail ranged from a foot of hard packed snow to just enough icy-packed snow to barely cover the grass. Because it was low cut golf course grass, the section in the driving ranged skied fairly well with minimal edge catching. A couple rough spots in the wood did catch the occasional ski, however.

Not knowing for sure how many skiers would race, the race was divided into four races, each starting an hour apart. The 5K men went first, then the 5K women, 10K men, and 10K women. This kept congestion on the course low.

Spectator friendly

The race course was exceptionally spectator friendly, with nearly the entire course visible from anywhere. This also kept all the racers totally in view of each other. There was no place to rest when you're within view of your rival or you see a target ahead. And the course, because it featured only minor elevation changes, left little place to rest.

Overall, 101 skiers raced in the 5K and 10K, plus 43 kids.

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10K RESULTS

10K CLASSIC WOMEN
Overall Female Open Winners
Place Name City Age Overall,
Technique
Total
Time
10K
Overall
1 Jo Keeling MI 42 1 1:03:42 11
Female 60 to 69
Place Name City Age Overall,
Technique
Total
Time
10K
Overall
1 Carole Merwin Weidman  MI 65 2 1:13:30 14
 
10K SKATE WOMEN
Overall Female Open Winners
1 Cheryl Darnton Ann Arbor  MI 40 1 28:50 1
Female 20 to 29
1 Megan Ditty Ann Arbor  MI 20 7 38:20 7
2 Sarah Mullkoff Lansing  MI 24 10 56:16 10
Female 30 to 39
1 Hailey Harrison Rochester  MI 34 3 32:18 3
Female 40 to 49
1 Stacy Stimac Dexter  MI 40 8 44:19 8
2 Brenda Unceit Springport  MI 48 9 44:49 9
3 Dianna Behl Okemos  MI 45 11 1:03:58 12
Female 50 to 59
1 Tracy Hardin Cheboygan  MI 50 2 30:43 2
2 Linda Weeks Lansing  MI 57 4 33:47 4
3 Lexanne Creitz Bethlehem  IN 57 5 34:51 5
4 Lisa Kanienski Hartland  MI 50 6 37:13 6
5 Julie Hewlett MI 58 12 1:05:17 14
 
10K CLASSIC MEN
Overall Male Open Winners
Place Name City Age Overall
Technique
Total
Time
10K
Overall
1 Adam Danes Northville  MI 44 1 41:21 54
Male 30 to 39
1 Dimitriy Masteror Ann Arbor 30 4 1:10:33 61
Male 40 to 49
1 Brad Plymale Northville  MI 43 3 47:19 59
Male 60 to 69
1 James Gobeski Plymouth  MI 63 2 42:47 57
 
10K SKATE MEN
Overall Male Open Winners
Place Name City Age Overall
Technique
Total
Time
10K
Overall
1 Daniel Yankus Walled Lake  MI 30 1 23:43 1
Male 14 to 15
1 Lars Hallstrom Ann Arbor  MI 14 34 31:39 34
Male 16 to 17
1 Alexey Vermeulen MI 17 10 26:49 10
Male 20 to 29
1 Alex Vanias Leroy  MI 21 3 24:43 3
Male 30 to 39
1 Aaron Ditty Ann Arbor  MI 30 7 26:08 7
2 Scott Ries South Lyon  MI 33 21 28:28 21
3 Christopher Anderson MI 37 50 37:45 50
Male 40 to 49
1 Glenn Goodman Bellaire  MI 45 5 24:49 5
2 Jonathan Morgan Milford  MI 47 6 26:02 6
3 Julian Kuz Ada  MI 47 13 27:25 13
4 Steve Vreeken Grosse Pointe  MI 44 16 27:50 16
5 Mike Temkin Troy  MI 49 17 27:52 17
6 Yvon Dufour Brighton  MI 48 19 28:11 19
7 Allen Sorgenfrei Bloomfield Hills  MI 47 20 28:18 20
8 Ryan Robinson West Bloomfield  MI 45 27 30:10 27
9 Steve Steffke MI 49 29 30:18 29
10 Tim Cook Freeland  MI 48 31 31:02 31
11 Theo Von Wallmenich Alma  MI 41 33 31:34 33
12 Brian Hallstrom Ann Arbor  MI 40 35 31:39 35
13 Tim Feldkamp Ann Arbor  MI 40 45 34:34 45
14 Dan Brickert Peru  IL 42 46 35:16 46
15 Dale Ernst Sandusky  MI 48 47 36:21 47
16 Ron Stack Fenton  MI 41 49 36:50 49
17 Dave Reppen Hartland  MI 40 53 41:17 53
18 Charlie Groh Ann Arbor  MI 40 57 48:18 60
Male 50 to 59
1 Clifford Onthank Traverse City  MI 58 2 24:29 2
2 John Gravlin Cheboygan  MI 57 4 24:45 4
3 Jim Pryor Jr. Saginaw  MI 53 8 26:36 8
4 Doug Heady Ann Arbor  MI 54 9 26:39 9
5 Larry Kanaby Bad Axe  MI 50 11 27:07 11
6 Douglas Cornell Corunna  MI 52 12 27:08 12
7 Robert Fairman Ann Arbor  MI 50 18 28:09 18
8 Frank Rynalski Bay City  MI 57 22 28:39 22
9 Jeffois Moore Northville  MI 55 23 28:53 23
10 Anthony Percha Commerce Twp 52 24 29:04 24
11 Mark Bondarenko Oxford  MI 54 25 29:15 25
12 Ted Bondie Ypsilanti  MI 50 28 30:15 28
13 Herb Ashbeck Davisburg  MI 51 32 31:11 32
14 Randy Kessler Milford  MI 57 37 32:40 37
15 Mark Madorski Leonard  MI 54 40 33:26 40
16 Karl Trost Sr MI 53 42 33:57 42
17 Greg Worrel Detroit  MI 57 51 38:57 51
18 Rex Donahey Farmington  MI 56 54 42:01 55
19 Wolfgang Uhrig MI 59 55 42:33 56
Male 60 to 69
1 William Kaltz Pinckney  MI 64 14 27:26 14
2 Robin Luce Farwell  MI 60 15 27:48 15
3 Steve Smigiel Ada  MI 66 26 29:40 26
4 Reinhold Cordella Ypsilanti  MI 60 30 30:43 30
5 Peter Johnson MI 66 36 32:32 36
6 Lee Ries Howell  MI 63 38 32:42 38
7 Dan Nolan MI 60 39 32:58 39
8 Ernie Brumbanaugh Rockford  MI 65 43 34:07 43
9 Greg Merwin Weidman  MI 65 44 34:08 44
10 Richard Proctor Ann Arbor  MI 67 48 36:41 48
11 Spencer Ruffner MI 60 52 40:26 52
12 Gary Faria MI 61 56 45:40 58
Male 70 to 79
1 Bill Haefner Clarkston  MI 74 41 33:49 41

5K RESULTS

5K CLASSIC WOMEN
Overall Female Open Winners
Place Name City Age Overall
Technique
Total
Time
5K
Overall
1 Linda Gobeski MI 59 1 34:49 7
Female 30 to 39
1 Jennifer Finkbeiner MI 35 2 35:06 8
2 Radhika Pasricha MI 33 3 37:20 9
3 Lea Maurer Ann Arbor 30 4 38:08 10
4 Kari Hadrill MI 39 5 40:12 11
5 Becky Getsoian MI 34 6 42:39 12
Female 40 to 49
1 Jennifer Browner MI 42 7 51:57 13
Female 50 to 59
1 Janet Dicarlo Pinckney  MI 50 8 1:03:18 14
 
5K SKATE WOMEN
Overall Female Open Winners
Place Name City Age Overall
Technique
Total
Time
5K
Overall
1 Lindsey MacDonald Ann Arbor  MI 20 1 14:30 1
Female 11 and under
1 Anneka Hallstrom Ann Arbor  MI 10 5 20:26 5
Female 14 to 15
1 Emily Steffke Weidman  MI 15 2 17:26 2
Female 20 to 29
1 Allison Bondie Ypsilanti  MI 24 4 18:04 4
Female 40 to 49
1 Kirsten Hallstrom Ann Arbor  MI 40 3 17:26 3
2 Sandra Vermeulen MI 42 6 21:51 6
 
5K CLASSIC MEN
Overall Male Open Winners
Place Name City Age Overall
Technique
Total
Time
10K Overall
1 Brendan Sullivan Warsaw  IN 13 1 24:38 6
Male 20 to 29
Place Name City Age Overall
Technique
Total
Time
1 Erik Anderson Owosso  MI 28 4 27:05 9
Male 30 to 39
1 Garnett Sessions Canton  MI 30 2 25:56 7
2 Deepak Dashairya MI 32 8 56:11 13
Male 40 to 49
1 Mark Irish Milford  MI 40 5 28:20 10
Male 50 to 59
1 David Sasaki MI 50 3 26:38 8
2 Bradley Newman Rochester  MI 54 6 35:40 11
Male 70 to 79
1 Marvin Stevenson Rochester  MI 77 7 35:40 12
 
5K SKATE MEN
Overall Male Open Winners
Place Name City Age Overall
Technique
Total
Time
10K Overall
1 Nikolaas Vermeulen Pinckney  MI 15 1 16:12 1
Male 11 and under
1 Vincent Vermeulen MI 11 2 17:17 2
Male 12 to 13
1 Garrett Ruffner MI 13 4 21:48 4
Male 50 to 59
1 Daniel Rimer Farmington  MI 58 5 22:24 5
Male 60 to 69
1 Richard Proctor Ann Arbor  MI 67 3 18:13 3