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"Fresh Tracks" made during 5K snowshoe race at Camp Richardson

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

Camp Richardson Resort was able to scrape together enough snow to hold a 5K snowshoe charity race on Sunday.

Due to unforeseen spring-like conditions this season, places around Lake Tahoe that normally enjoy many feet of snow are hurting for the white stuff. A Special Olympics race scheduled for a few weeks ago at Camp Richardson was relocated due to lack of new snow.

However, there was enough on Sunday at the resort to hold the Fresh Tracks 5K Snowshoe Race and Adventure Run, which is a fund-raiser to help sponsor local runners who participate in charity-oriented marathon training programs such as the Leukemia Society’s “Team in Training,” the Arthritis Foundation’s “Joints in Motion” and others.

The event drew about 30 participants from around California and Nevada who paid up to $25 each for a chance to compete, enjoy the great outdoors and give to a worthwhile cause.

“It was great,” said Renee Gorevin, assistant race director. “We had 32 people and that was more than we had last year. We had a few dirt patches that people had to run over, but not too bad. We got a little bit of snow last weekend that kind of saved us. There were a lot of fun prizes and Camp Richardson did an awesome job as the main sponsor.”

In addition to raffle prizes given away by Camp Richardson, North Face also donated two packs which were awarded to the top male and female finisher, Gorevin said. Atlas Snowshoes also gave out pairs of snowshoes for participants to demo and a fanny pack as a raffle prize.

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This is the fourth year of the annual event, which was created by the Tahoe Mountain Milers Running Club.

“We started it because we wanted to have a winter event,” Gorevin said. “We’re giving the money to the people who are involved (in charity-oriented training).”

There were six categories of racers. In the 14-and- under female division, Courtney Cichowicz of South Lake Tahoe finished first at 47 minutes, 27 seconds. No males competed in this division.

Mike Freeman of Gardnerville finished first in age 15-19 male division with a time of 26:57. There were no female competitors.

Tanya Martian of Carson City topped the women’s 20-29 division with a time of 32:34, followed in second by Lisa Kornze of Carson City at 57:10. Nicholas Gray of Stateline won the men’s 20-29 division with a time of 26:47.

In women’s 30-39, Cheri Touchette of Incline Village finished first with a time of 29:17, followed by Amy Smith of Minden in second with 30:29 and Staci Baker of Stateline in third at 34:20.

In men’s 30-39, Chris Gilbert of Santa Rosa, Calif., placed first with a time of 21:56, Mike Keck of South Lake Tahoe was second at 25:47 and Rob Ruse of Reno placed third with a time of 28:39.

In women’s 40-49, Tina Ure of Mount Shasta, Calif., won the event with a time of 27:15, followed by Deborah Paquin of Folsom at 39:24 and Judy Torchia of South Lake Tahoe at 40:25. Tim O’Rourke of Kings Beach won the 40-49 men’s division with a time of 23:02. Jim Berryman-Shafer of Fernley, Nev., finished second at 29:31 and Linden Haught of Reno was third at 38:13.

In the 50-plus female division, Claudia Berryman-Shafer of Fernley finished on top with a time of 36:07, Carol Hanna of Carson City was second at 48:33 and Dale Ann Daly of Tracy was third with 50:48. In 50-plus men’s class, Lyle Freeman of Gardnerville was first with a time of 33:15, followed by Michael Daly of Tracy at 37:28 and Jim Gallaway of Reno with 59:09.

The next club running event is the Lake Tahoe Reading Council Run for Literacy, a 5-10K run set for June 1 at Lake Tahoe Community College.

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