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Close to 700 skiers take part in third annual Whistler Olympic Park XC races

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Olav Stana, racing with the same team as Cheskey, placed second in 1:32:40, while Robert Rogotte was third in 1:33:40.

The women's 30km winner was Sylvie Allen, who was recovering from a torn hamstring and wasn't sure she was going to race until a few days before when she started to feel better. She finished the race in 1:44:38.

"I'm so glad it didn't creep up and haunt me," she said. "I almost fell on a downhill section when I was passing some people and I had a bit of a tweak, but I ignored it."

Allen said she didn't pay too much attention to the rest of the field, and wasn't even sure she won the women's prime. "I just tried to ski fairly smooth and keep up a good pace. I managed to eat a couple of Clif Blocks through the last lap, and almost had a heart attack after the prime hill, but I'm pretty stoked overall. I was limping for six weeks and three days ago I was still limping."

Placing second in the women's 30km event was Megan Wolfe in 1:46:01, followed by Maureen Harriman in 1:46:27.

The Whistler Nordics had a strong day overall, with some of the younger competitors electing to compete in the 15km category.

Nicki Murdoch placed first overall in the women's 15km event. Michael Murdoch was second on the boys 13 to 15 age category and sixth overall for all men. Joe Davies, Fraser Doak, Sam Johnston and Ian Davidson were fourth, fifth, seventh and 10th.

In the girls 13 to 15 group, Lauren Kilfoy McKay placed second overall, with Benita Peiffer fourth, Jila Wittenberg fifth and Julia Long ninth.

Other notable results include Brent Murdoch's first place in the male 50 to 54 category and Maureen Harriman's win in the women's 45 to 59 category in the 30km race.

There was $250 for the prime winners in both the 30km and 50km races, as well as prize money for the top three men and women — $300 for first, $200 for second and $100 for third.

Complete results at www.zone4.ca.

Sigge's P'ayakentsut 2013 Marathon

Men 50km U25

1. Alex Brown — 3:21:09

2. David Cross — 3:31:07

3. Marcus Laube — 4:01:58

Men 50km 25 to 29

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